What is CANNESERIES Institute? 

CANNESERIES Institute is a series writing residency which will welcome eight international students in Cannes, from March 5 to April 11, 2019.

At the end of this program supervised by teachers from the University of Côte d’Azur (UCA) and members of Serial Eyes, a prestigious writing residence in Berlin, each resident will produce a pre-bible and the pilot of a TV series. One of them will be offered the opportunity to develop it with Canal+.

The residency is an intensive five week training of series writing destined to young screenwriters and closely linked to Canal+'s creative ecosystem: Original Creation, Studio+, Studiochannel.

Residents will be immersed in the universe of CANNESERIES. They will attend numerous original and international screenings, masterclasses and white cards throughout the city. They will also be able to participate to professional meetings organized as part of In Development, the Cannes Drama Creative Forum proposed by CANNESERIES and MIPTV.

The goal of CANNESERIES Institute is to allow aspiring screenwriters to express their talent and offer them the opportunity to develop their series with Canal+
Benoît Louvet, Managing Director of CANNESERIES

Who are CANNESERIES Institute residents ?


  • ALEKSANDROWIZ Izabela, 26 years old, Polish.

Studied at the Lodz Film School, Poland (partner school)

Starting her screenwriting adventure in high school by writing short stories for her bored colleagues during classes, Ms. Aleksandrowicz continued her passion at Łódź Film School. Debuting on the silver screen in 2015, with the movie „New World.” Over the next two years, Izabela worked as the Head of Storyline for the TV series, „First Love,” where she was an author of more than 200 episodes. Today, she works as a screenwriter for several medical TV dramas such as; “Interns”, „On the signal”, and her favourite „Heartbeat”.


  • COBEN Charlotte, 23 years old, American.

Studied at Colombia University, USA

Charlotte is a recent graduate of Columbia University in New York City, where she currently resides. As a writing major with a focus in film, she has a passion for comedic and compelling storytelling and is thrilled to be a part of the Canneseries Institute


  • GALASSO Eleonora, 23 years old, Italian

Studied at the Schola Holden, Italia (partner school)

 Eleonora Galasso was born in Palermo, Sicily in 1994. After graduating university with a bachelor’s degree, she attended the screenwriting course at Scuola Holden and then participated in several workshops and masterclasses in screenwriting. Currently, she is a bursary holder at the Advanced Training Course in screenwriting organized by the Marco Bellocchio Association and is collaborating with Scuola Holden as a teaching assistant. 


  • KABUIKI Ruddy-Williams, 35 years old, French

Studied at Serial Eyes, Germany. (Partner school)

Ruddy graduated from the University Charles de Gaulle in Arts Media and Communication.  He then  studied screenwriting at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada. Back in France, Ruddy co-directed the documentary “L’amour en Cité”. Eager to experience the writer’s room, he attended Serial Eyes, an European postgraduate training program for television writers . At the end of the program, Ruddy has been selected for a three-month TV writing apprenticeship at Big Light Productions. A company headed by showrunner Frank Spotnitz. Currently, he’s developing TV series and documentaries.


  • KYRIACOU Andreas, 34 years old, Cypriot

Studied at Midpoint, Czech Republic (partner school)

Studied film at London's Raindance Institute and has worked in various production houses in Cyprus since 2006. He curates various local film festivals including the Cyprus Film Days for Children & Youth. In 2016 founded the creative collective hive “GeekOtopos”, teaming up Cypriot storytellers with the aim of creating modern narratives. He is currently developing a European mini series based on his concept “The Midnight Shift” that won the HBO-Europe Award in Sarajevo


  • LYUBARSKAYA Elena, 36 years old, Russian.

Studied at Serial Eyes (partner school)

Elena Lyubarskaya is based in Berlin and writes in English and Russian. After writing a Russian prime-time teen dramedy „Barvikha“ (TNT, 2011) and crime drama „Chtest“ (TV3, 2015), she moved to Germany and took part in Serial Eyes - Europe’s premiere postgraduate program for TV-writers and producers. Elena loves working on genre series, comedy and projects with an international perspective. She has projects in development with Wildside (Italy), Saxonia Media (Germany), Audible (Germany), Stardust (Russia), ProSieben Sat.1 (Germany). She has twice won the German Writer’s Guild/Pro Sieben Sat 1. development fund competition with her political thriller „The Whistleblowers“ and female-driven crime procedural “The Hunter”. 


  • McVEIGH Sophie, 36 years old, British,

Studied at the London Film School, UK (partner school)

Originally from the UK, Sophie McVeigh lived and worked as a journalist, editor and teacher in London, Paris and the south of Spain before gaining her Masters in Screenwriting from the London Film School. Sophie graduated with Distinction and has since worked with filmmakers from all over the world as a writer, script editor and script consultant. She has written for the LFS website, teaches English and screenwriting to filmmakers and has recently translated from Spanish to English the directorial debut of screenwriter Gonzalo Maza, whose current film A Fantastic Woman is nominated for an Oscar. A short film she wrote, Cry, is about to be released and she is currently developing another short, a feature film and a TV comedy pilot with fellow LFS graduates. She is extremely passionate about writing original drama and comedy for television, and as a French and Spanish speaker and lover of European culture she is very excited to be a part of the inaugural Canneseries Festival. She looks forward to the chance to meet, collaborate with and learn from writers and TV professionals from around the world.


  • RIVALORI Anita, 34 years old, Italian.

Studied at the centro sperimentale di cinematrografia, Milan, Italie

Anita is a Italy-based screenwriter and director. She studied at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School) and worked for popular shows such as "Tutto può succedere 2", remake of the NBC TV series Parenthood, and "Skam", remake of the Norwegian TV series.

As director, she filmed shorts and music videos. Her first feature-lenght documentary is currently in post-production. She’s currently developing a sci-fi and a period drama.


What are CANNESERIES Institute key dates?

November 5th 2018 

 Applications deadline.

Novembre 2018

 List of short-listed applicants announced.

December 20th 2018

 List of the eight finalists announced. 

March 5 to April 11, 2019  

 CANNESERIES Institute residency.

Who organizes CANNESERIES Institute?

The Cannes – Vivendi/Canal+ Group International Chaire and the Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) launch CANNESERIES Institute, an exceptional residency dedicated to screenwriting for series.

Developed by UCA in association with Serial Eyes (DFFB, Berlin), the first edition of the residency will take place in the context of the future Cannes university hub, a project of David Lisnard, the Mayor of Cannes, and of UCA.

It will contribute, through its content, to Cannes’s ambition of becoming a leading university city in the area of the creative economy, and to the creative dynamic of CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival that will be held in Cannes from April 4 to April 11, 2018.