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Strikers, a new drama series from Flanders, has been selected for competition at the Séries Mania television festival in Paris. The festival’s International Showcase - reserved for TV professionals - also includes The Bunker and The Natives. The sixth edition of the Seriés Mania Festival runs from 17-26 April.
Screening in the festival’s competitive ‘World Series’ programme, Strikers tells the story of two brothers who share the dream of becoming professional football players. When one of them is selected to play for a top club, he encounters the glamorous yet deceitful world of world-class football, while the other brother has no choice but to find another way to make something of his life.
Flemish director Tim Mielants, known for his work on such local hit series as Cordon and Code 37, will direct two episodes of the second season of Anglo-French drama series The Tunnel. The eight-parter is a Sky Atlantic and Canal+ co-production scheduled for transmission in early 2016.
Tim Mielants came to prominence thanks to the international success of Cordon. This Flemish drama about the outbreak of a deadly virus, which he directed, has already aired on BBC Four and SBS Australia, with American channel CW ordering a pilot episode for a remake.
The VAF/Media Fund is to invest almost three million Euros in the production of a trio of high-profile TV series: Amigo's, Beau Séjour and The Eleventh of the Eleventh. The Fund recently also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, selected for the TV Drama section of this year's Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Amigo’s is the story of five former inmates who decide to open a restaurant. In Beau Séjour, a dead girl sets out to solve her own murder, and The Eleventh of the Eleventh is the struggle of a family coming to terms with the discovery of an atrocious truth during the preparations for the annual Carnival.
The Fund also supported the production of Tabula Rasa, a psychological drama about a woman with amnesia who is the key to solving a missing person’s case.
Flemish fiction series Marsman was a double winner at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes (FIPA) in Biarritz, France. Directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, the eight-parter won the Michel Mitrani Prize, while the series’ main actor Jurgen Delnaet picked up the FIPA d’Or for Best Actor.
Presented as part of FIPA’s Series Competition, Marsman was up against 10 international heavyweights, including crime series The Team, Thicker Than Water from Sweden and Wolf Hall, currently screening to great acclaim on British TV. FIPA opened with the BBC’s top-rated drama series The Missing, another co-production with Flanders.
TV series Marsman, directed by Mathias Sercu and Eshref Reybrouck, has been selected for Official Competition at this year’s FIPA, the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels held in Biarritz, France, from 20-25 January. Also showing is top European crime series The Team, which is a co-production with Flanders. Lieven Corthouts’s cross-media documentary project Emergency Exit has been selected for Smart FIP@, while Before The Last Curtain Falls – a co-production with Flanders – is also part of the programme. Finally, the Screen Flanders-supported BBC series The Missing is to receive a special screening.
Eleven international series are competing in FIPA’s Fiction Competition this year, including Flemish series Marsman, which won a Prix Italia at the end of 2014. A tragicomedy, it follows 40-year-old Nico Marsman who struggles to find a way to get his life back on track.
The Screen Flanders-supported drama series The Missing has been nominated for two Golden Globes. The eight-parter, co-produced with and mainly shot in Belgium, is nominated in the categories Best Miniseries or TV Movie and Best Actress (Frances O'Connor). Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.
When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of a father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.
The second series of Belgian comedy sketch show What If? has won the International Emmy Award for Comedy in New York. It’s the second International Emmy for production company Shelter, whose highly successful format Benidorm Bastards picked up the same award in 2011.
The prestigious International Emmy Awards are the international section of America’s prime television prizes. At the awards ceremony in New York, Belgian sketch show What If? was awarded first prize in the comedy section.
Flemish drama series Cordon has been awarded the prize for Best Photography at the first edition of Telas, the São Paulo International TV Festival, in Brazil (7-14 November). DOP of Cordon was Christophe Nuyens, who previously worked on series such as Deadline 14/10, Deadline 25/5 and Code 37. In addition to Cordon, the festival also presented two other Eyeworks productions: Home Grown and De Ridder.
Cordon was shown as part of the Festival’s International Spectrum, presenting a range of fiction and documentary series from 16 countries, also including Eyeworks’s Home Grown, a tragicomic series about a dysfunctional family looking for solutions to their problems in unexpected places.
The new drama series The Missing, written by Harry and Jack Williams and directed by Tom Shankland, starts this week (Tuesday 28 October) on BBC One. The eight-part series was mainly shot in Belgium and stars James Nesbitt and Frances O’Connor alongside local talent like Titus De Voogdt, Emilie Dequenne, Johan Leysen and Hilde Heijnen. Czar TV co-produced the series for Flanders with the support of the Screen Flanders economic fund and the Belgian federal tax shelter.
When five-year-old Oliver disappears on a family holiday in France, it sets off a manhunt that will last for years. The Missing explores the mind of the father, Tony, who is desperate to find his lost son. Exploring the emotional cost of a child's abduction, this gripping relationship thriller is told simultaneously over two time frames in two countries.
BBC Four Editor Cassian Harrison has announced the acquisition of the 10-part thriller series Cordon about the discovery of a deadly virus which brings out the very best of the people trapped inside… but also the very worst. Produced by Eyeworks for commercial broadcaster vtm, Cordon is BBC Four's second drama acquisition from Flanders following bank-heist drama Salamander.
In Cordon, everyday life in the centre of Antwerp comes to a sudden halt when the area is sealed off from the outside world. The cause is a deadly virus which spreads like wildfire. The people trapped inside the cordon are suddenly left to their own devices. It brings out the very best in them, but also the worst…