Entertainment content market Mipcom has announced the first confirmed market screenings and content showcases for its 2021 edition from an array of international businesses including All3Media International (UK), BBC Studios (UK), Beta Film (Germany), KOCCA Korean Creative Content Agency (South Korea), MEC Moscow Export Center (Russia), Movistar (Spain), TVP Polish Public Television (Poland), U.S. Agency for Global Media & Current Time (USA), and ZDF Enterprises (Germany).
Mipcom 2021 will welcome the industry back to the Palais des Festivals in Cannes for the first major international market to take place in person since 2019. From October 11 to 13, more than 15 market screenings and showcases will be presented to delegates, buyers and international press, offering an exclusive look at the most-anticipated series and programmes across all genres from around the world.
“It’s wonderful to have such a strong line up of exclusive screenings and showcases for our return to Cannes. A big thank you to all our partners for their participation which really underlines the strength, creativity and diversity of the content at Mipcom,” commented Lucy Smith, Director of Mipcom.
Exclusive screenings include:
▸ "HOTEL EUROPA" (BETA FILM)
Based on true events which shaped Germany between the wars, Hotel Europa is the untold story of a generation: the chronicles of a hotel frequented by Charlie Chaplin, Konrad Adenauer, and Adolf Hitler. The limited series is directed by Thorsten M. Schmidt, produced by Zeitsprung Pictures for ARD Degeto and stars Jonathan Berlin, Benjamin Sadler and Katharina Schüttler.
▸ "ANGELA BLACK" (ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL)
Psychological thriller reuniting award-winning Two Brothers Pictures with Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt as the eponymous Angela Black. Trapped in a relationship she can’t escape, Angela’s life switches from domesticity to private detectives and buried secrets as she risks everything to fight back against the man who suppressed and tormented her for most of her life.
▸ "LA FORTUNA" (BETA FILM)
A visually stunning drama inspired by true events: the recovery of the biggest treasure of the oceans. From Oscar-winning director Alejandro Amenábar, starring Oscar-nominated Stanley Tucci.
▸ "THE WINDOW: THIS IS THE DARK SIDE OF THE PITCH" (ZDF ENTERPRISES)
Created and written by BAFTA and Emmy award-winning screenwriter James Payne, "The Window" is a character-based drama thriller set in the world of elite professional soccer. Focusing on an ensemble cast of players, agents, club owners, administrators and journalists, the series explores the cutthroat off-field machinations of the game.
▸ "YOU SHALL NOT LIE" (MOVISTAR)
A six-hour crime drama-thriller, "You Shall Not Lie" (“Todos Mienten”) is produced by Filmax, the Barcelona-based production-distribution-sales studio behind Freixas’ "The Red Band Society" as well as a recent string of hits: "I Know Who You Are," "Welcome to the Family" and Netflix’s "Three Days of Christmas".
▸ "ROD KNOCK" (BETA FILM)
Produced by Fenomen and Storyline for Norwegian pubcaster NRK, the 16×25' series follows a group of young gearheads as they deal with the trials and tribulations of early adulthood, including heartache, uncertainty and loss.
▸ "UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: GORBATCHEV'S LEGACY FROM PERESTROIKA TO PUTIN" (USAGM)
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Vitaly Manskiy and Current Time TV’s Pavel Butorin and Kenan Aliev will host a discussion and screening of "Gorbachev. Heaven," a documentary film about changes that reverberated throughout the world wrought by one man. A film summing-up the life of a man who changed the course of history which was punctuated by the collapse of the Soviet empire.
▸ "CRUSADE" (TVP)
The plot of this contemporary crime drama focuses on the investigations conducted by Detective Jan “Manjaro” Góra and his colleagues from the Crime and Criminal Terror Division of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police, investigating a spate of interconnected high-profile kidnappings and murders committed by an anti-system terrorist organization operating in Warsaw.
Among the content showcase highlights are:
▸ EXCLUSIVE SHOWCASE: WHAT’S THE NEXT HIT?
Sponsored by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)
This Korean showcase will share nine animation titles with the potential to be game changers in the content market, not only affecting the traditional linear media but OTT, gaming and licensing firms. This showcase is a perfect opportunity to witness the next generation animation trend.
▸ BORDERLESS CREATIVITY : KOREAN SHOWCASE
Sponsored by Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA)
Currently, there is a huge global demand for Korean TV series, especially for global streaming platforms. At “Borderless Creativity : Korean Showcase”, attendees will find the creative K-dramas and K-formats that are poised to become the next international hits; shows with bold imagination, intense storylines, and high production values. The showcase features up-to-date content from major Korean broadcasters and a format production company.
▸ MADE IN MOSCOW (MEC Moscow Export Center)
A selection of eighteen Moscow-based companies with the support of Moscow Export Center will present their projects within the united Made in Moscow brand. The selection of projects demonstrates the most ambitious potential for the export activities.
To kickstart a week of world class content, Mipcom and Canneseries will present the World Premiere Screening of “Around the World in 80 Days” (October 10). The series, telling the well-loved story of the race around the world of an English gentleman, Phileas Fogg, is co-produced by the European Alliance formed by France Télévisions, ZDF and RAI, with additional co-production partners: Peu Communications in South Africa, Masterpiece PBS in the United States, Seven West Media in Australia, Be-FILMS and RTBF in Belgium, and Daro Films.
Also featuring during Mipcom’s week of global content showcases are the 12th Annual Mipcom Buyers' Awards for Japanese drama, held in partnership with the Bureau of International Drama Festival in Tokyo, which will present and promote Japanese content; and Fresh TV Screenings, presented by The Wit, highlighting the latest content from around the world.