APC Kids has secured a deal with France Télévisions for award-winning drama "First Day" (4x22’) distributed worldwide by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF). Created by Julie Kalceff, the breakthrough series is one of the first kids series to explicitly follow the life of a transgender youth. The series is set to air on France Télévisions and Okoo platform this fall.
Based on the original short film “First Day”, the series, aimed at children aged 5-9, stars transgender actor Evie Macdonald as Hannah Bradford. The series follows Hannah as she is about to start her first day of high school. As a transgender girl, Hannah not only has to navigate the challenges that come with starting a new school but finds the courage to live as her most authentic self.
Produced by Australia’s Epic Films in association with Kojo Entertainment, "First Day" first aired on ABC Me in March 2020. The series received funding from Screen Australia, South Australian Film Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), which holds worldwide distribution rights. APC Kids is the exclusive sales agent for ACTF in France and other French-speaking European territories.
Lionel Marty, Managing Director of APC Kids, says: “The impressive collection of awards and widespread acclaim 'First Day' has gathered speaks for itself and we are delighted to be bringing such an important, wholesome and engaging story to French audiences and continuing our partnership with ACTF.”
“'First Day' has entertained and enlightened audiences around the world, and we are delighted that French children and their families will be able to enjoy the series on France Televisions, and for them to see Evie’s wonderful performance as Hannah” said Bernadette O’Mahony, Head of Content – Australian Children’s Television Foundation.
Claire Heinrich, Head of Children and Youth Acquisitions at France Televisions says: “This deeply moving story, beyond Hannah’s struggle to be her authentic self, is a wonderful lesson in tolerance, and courage. We hope it will give children inspiration to look beyond appearances, to open up to all the differences that make the richness of human relationships, and to gain confidence in themselves and in others. We are grateful for the producers for their beautiful work, and for ACTF and APC Kids for bringing this essential program to us, enabling us to fulfil our public service role.”
"First Day" has been sold by the ACTF to broadcasters in the USA, UK, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Israel, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.