Since 2018, the Séries Mania festival has established itself as the leading event for series in Europe. Based in Lille, this festival offers previews of the best international series on the big screen. For 8 days, the public - up to 72,000 spectators - has the opportunity to discover the latest releases, party and meet the most renowned personalities of the series world.
In parallel with the general public event, Séries Mania also welcomes 3,000 professionals from the world's serial industry at the Séries Mania Forum and the Lille Dialogues. These meetings for exchange and work have become essential, and since 2020 they have been extended by the creation of the online platform Séries Mania Digital Forum.
In 2021, the festival launched the Series Mania Institute, a training program for students and industry professionals. This initiative will strengthen the support for series creation in Europe.
The 2023 edition pays particular attention to series coming from territories other than the Anglo-Saxon world or Europe. Of the 396 series received from 63 countries, 54 were selected, representing 24 different nationalities. Among them, some come from unusual territories such as Greece, Pakistan, Benin, Uruguay or Iran. The rise of these serial forms with different narrative and aesthetic codes questions our very Western way of telling and watching stories.
The trends observed during this edition are the surge of the 80s and 90s, the social debates and the "girl power". The series address current issues through the prism of these years, highlighting the return of certain conservatism and the fragile social progress. The major social issues, notably ethical and environmental, are also at the heart of the selected series. Finally, the power of women is highlighted through emancipated and radical characters.
For this 2023 edition, the Series Mania Festival offers 8 days of festival for the general public, 3 days of professional forum and an international summit, the Lille Dialogues. The Series Mania Institute is the first school entirely dedicated to series.
The juries for the various competitions are made up of personalities from the world of television, film and literature, who will award the prizes for best series, best script, best actress and best actor.
Among the key figures for Séries Mania 2023, there are 54 new series, 32 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 396 series viewed from 76 countries, and 24 countries represented, including 6 new countries (Greece, Uruguay, India, Pakistan, Benin and Senegal). The festival will take place in 6 host cities in the Hauts-de-France region (Lille, Dunkerque, Lens, Tourcoing, Marcq-en-Barœul and Wallers-Arenberg), with 11 venues hosting the Festival and 15 OFF events in Lille and the Hauts-de-France.
Séries Mania 2023 promises to be a festival rich in discoveries, meetings and debates about international series. Don't miss this not-to-be-missed event for all series fans and industry professionals!