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Cannes is passed to the series

In the same context as the famous film contest, starts an event that aspires to become "the biggest week of television" in the World

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Cannes is passed to the series

Cannes. The Palais des Festivals. The carpet up staircase, stars, photographers, flashes. and between projection and projection, professionals closing deals, creating future projects. Everything will be same, but everything will be different. Until April 11 French city welcomes what y have called " biggest week of television", because already classic MIPTV (international market of television programs) has joined a new series festival, Canneseries, which looks at his film counterpart As a reference.

"There are many series festivals in world and more and more series enter film festivals, but I do not think re is one that makes a difference and I think that goes in Canneseries," explains to El PAÍS programmer of this new contest, Albin Lewi. And it provides three reasons to explain what will make Canneseries different. "First, location: It takes place in Cannes, which is a place of reference for garing film industry. Second, MIPTV. It was impossible to think about celebrating a festival without a market, "he explains. MIPTV is one of largest television markets. Celebrated in city since 1965, it has come to host in recent years more than 11,000 participants among producers, buyers, vendors... "So it was perfect place at right time--insists Lewi--. And finally, it's television. The series are what everybody's talking about today. Cannes, this moment and series was perfect union. " In addition, MIPTV will award this year to Spanish Teresa Fernandez-Valdés, co-founder of Bamboo Producciones (responsible for fictions such as Fariña, cable girls or Velvet), with Medal of Honor of Cannes, thus becoming first Spanish in history To receive this recognition.

"The carpet will be pink not red and projections are open to public," continues Lewi. "Cinema used to look arrogantly at television and now quality of what is being done has turned it into art, but it is still open to general public who sees it on its couch and n Twitts. We couldn't leave audience out of festival. "

Although Canneseries started on Day 4, it is today Saturday 7 when official selection of series begins. Ten fictions from all over world have been chosen to participate in competition, of which first episode will be projected for a jury, public, professional and press audience. In opening gala will be presented, out of competition, Truth About Harry Quebert Affair, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and that involves return of Patrick Dempsey to small screen after Grey's Anatomy.

The competition will open Spanish series Felix (Movistar ), two days after its debut in Spain. And will continue with German Typist and American Killing Eve, one of most anticipated, created by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and anor former of Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh.

The selection of 10 shows in competition was most complicated in this new festival, says Albin Lewi. Being first edition, y did not know if y would take m seriously or if y would be overwhelmed by "huge production of projects around world". "It was a great adventure, a leap of faith, we didn't know what to expect," he says, and just in case y put in place a committee and selection criteria. "It should always be first seasons, new series, minimum five episodes and could only have recently been released in its territory of origin, except France, USA and United Kingdom."

They ended up receiving more than 130 series and in ir "dream selection" There are titles that come with noise as named Killing Eve, Felix or here on Earth, created by Mexican actor Gael García Bernal. Titles from all over world: from South Korea (Mor) to Israel (Miguel and When heroes Fly). Not forgetting powerful European market: State of Happiness (Norway), Undercover (Belgium) and Hunter (Italy). In addition, re will be a short-and digital-format competition in which Spanish is if you were you.

On Wednesday April 11th, also outside contest, Safe series (Netflix), starring Michael C. Hall, will close this new festival after awards ceremony, awarded by a jury chaired by American writer Harlan Coben.

How a series is rewarded

Six people compose jury of Canneseries: Harlan Coben, its president, German actress Paula Beer, French screenwriter Audrey Fouché, Turkish actress Melisa Sözen, Chilean composer Cristóbal Tapia of Veer and actor of Wire Michael Kenneth Williams. They will give five awards: Best Music, screenplay, interpretation, special Award for interpretation and Best series. But how do you judge a series of which you will only see first episode? "We know that re are series that start badly and end well or backwards," says Lewi. "It is impossible to teach a season at a festival, but selection committee has seen more than pilot and has decided on that basis. In a way, it's a bet we make and we know it's risky. There are series that must be given a chance beyond pilot. But in general, given immense amount of series that re are today, first chapters have to engage in a few minutes, y have to be quick and direct to convince. "

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