During the Festival
Within the program
Since its first edition, CANNESERIES opening Friday is exclusively dedicated to school audiences at the Espace Miramar, junior high and high school students coming, with screenings designed for them, and even by them. Indeed, teaming up with the Nice regional education authority, CANNESERIES saves a dedicated timeslot within its educational program for the screening of a web-series made by highschoolers of the region. The festival thus supports the next generation’s creation. Building on its success, the Friday day has been extended to Thursday afternoon in Season 6, to enable more students to take advantage of these special these special moments.
Throughout the festival, the work with young audiences continues, in collaboration with Cannes Cinéma, as many junior high and high school students come to attend different screenings/discussions at the Espace Miramar but also screenings in competition at the Grand Auditorium Lumière.
Reaching out to wider audiences
In partnership with the Archipel des Lucioles association, that handles the national coordination of all actions of education in the visual image, CANNESERIES welcomes groups of young people coming from outside the region and out of school time, to whom the festival offers a full immersion into the daily life of the festival and dedicated workshops.
Screenings and talks designed to make things change
Every year, within the Rendez-vous, CANNESERIES and the Lab Femmes de Cinéma organize a masterclass putting the spotlight on a woman of the industry to discuss the role of women in the world of series, in front of and behind the camera. During the previous editions, the festival has welcomed: directors, screenwriters and actresses Cathy Verney (Vernon Subutex, Hard), and Fanny Sydney (Loulou, Brigade Mobile, Dix pour Cent), and Anne Berest, author and screenwriter (Mytho).
The "Justice: in-between fiction and reality" session: initially organized outside of the timing of the Festival, this session has now found its place in our youth program. After the screening of an episode, we confront the point of view of the series' creators/actors with the point of view of justice professionals. We've had the pleasure of welcoming series like Section de Recherches, Le Code and, in 2023, La Stagiaire.
The artistic direction of the festival has its heart set on programing more “editorial” sessions to open the discussion, either to talents, themes or series whose topics are dear to the festival: “Series and American elections” with Corentin Sellin, American politics expert, the issue of sexism with the series Des Gens Bien Ordinaires from creator, author and director Ovidie, “Philosophize through Series” with philosopher Adèle Van Reeth, or else the history of colonization and genocides with director Raoul Peck and his documentary series Exterminate All the Brutes.
Within our professional events
A collective Lab Femmes de Cinéma workshop, in partnership with the 50/50 Collective, has been taking place during the CANNESERIES Writers Club, for 3 years, to raise awareness, and rally the 50 screenwriters present behind equality and diversity in series.
During the rest of the year
Series in prison
Since its creation, CANNESERIES is used to opening the doors to the world of series to a wider audience, through its screenings, rendez-vous and talks.
In 2022, the festival and Archipel des Lucioles have created a new partnership with the Direction Interrégionale des Services Pénitentiaires to launch short form series screening actions in prison.
These actions take place in three different prisons of the région Sud; the Arles prison, the Grasse detention center, and the Marseille Baumettes prison. It is comprised of the screening of series from previous editions of the festival followed by a discussion about image analysis, the series industry, and the creation of the screened series, with talents who worked on it, in front of or behind the camera.
For this first edition, the series Narvalo - season 2 and Rêves, accompanied by their creators, were presented to prison inmates and supervisory staff, and gave rise to extremely rich discussions. After this very promising pilot year, our ambition is to extend it to more prisons by 2024.
CANNESERIES expands each year, thanks to interventions happening before and during the festival in universities (Université Nice Côte d’Azur, Campus George Méliès in Cannes, Université la Sorbonne in Paris). They will be held either by the artistic direction of the festival to present the event and the world of series, or by talents brought out directly to the classroom for a special discussion, as director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade did when attending the 2022 edition for the series Jeux d’Influence - Les Combattantes, or director Philippe Falardeau in 2023 with his documentary series Lac-Mégantic.