The Flemish fiction TV series Clan and Salamander are selected for the prestigious International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA 22 – 27 January) in Biarritz, France. Parade’s End, a Flemish coproduction with BBC and HBO, and the interactive TV series The Spiral are also selected for competition.

Still of ClanBoth Clan and Parade’s End will screen in official competition at the fest. Both TV series are in the running for no less than six FIPA d’Or awards. In Clan, the four sisters Goethals plot the murder of their brother-in-law, Jean-Claude. He is the husband of their fifth sister and a pain in the ass just asking to be liquidated. But while planning a murder is easy, committing it is another story...

Parade’s End, a co-production between BBC, HBO and VRT, is an epic story of love and betrayal set against the dying years of the Edwardian era and the First World War. Woven through the central love triangle are the personal stories of a kaleidoscope of characters whose lives are touched by the outbreak of war. Besides roles for Flemish talents such as Jurgen Delnaet and Hilde Heijnen, the film also filmed on location in Flanders.

The 12-part political thriller Salamander is screening out of the competition at FIPA. The series, which had a great start in Flanders with 1.3 million viewers for the second episode, shows the cat and mouse game which arises when the secrets of sixty-six Belgian powerful people get stolen during a spectacular raid.

Finally, the interactive crime series The Spiral directed by Hans Herbots has been confirmed for Smart FIP@, a festival sidebar focusing on television 2.0. In the series six world-famous artworks are stolen from six European museums. A group of artists from Copenhagen is behind the crime but soon afterwards everything goes wrong. The audience could participate in the search for the stolen paintings online via

Last year, Steve Thielemans’s documentary Desert Island won the FIPA d’Or in the Creative Documentary section and Lotte Stoops’s Grande Hotel won the Prix Michel Mitrani. In 2009, the successful TV series The Emperor of Taste even won three Awards. The FIPA d’or Grand Prize as well as the FIPA d’Or for Best Actress (Marieke Dilles) and Best Original Soundtrack (Wim De Wilde).

Clan, directed by Kaat Beels and Nathalie Basteyns, is production of Caviar (The Emperor of Taste, King Of The World). The Spiral is also a production of Caviar. Frank Van Mechelen directed Salamander, a production of Skyline Entertainment (Aspe, De Rodenburgs). Flemish coproducer of Parade’s End is Anchorage Entertainment. The historical series was directed by Susanna White and written by Sir Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love). All series mentioned in this article were made with the support of amongst others the VAF/Media fund.

Published on Tuesday 22 January 2013

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