Series Mania 2024: Unifrance to feature seven unseen French series

Coming Next from France will showcase seven French series soon to be available on the international market, in front of an audience of foreign decision-makers and buyers.

14 FEB 2024

"A Dangerous Friendship"

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For the first time, Unifrance is presenting seven previously unseen French series at Coming Next from France (compared with five in previous years) the section that will take place in Series Mania. The new series presented in 2024 are "A Dangerous Friendship" (Mediawan Rights); "Ça, c'est Paris" (Federation Studios); "Carpe Diem" (Newen Connect); "The Eclipse" (About Premium Content); "Isabelle" (Film & Picture); "Sea Shadows" (France tv distribution) and "Zetwal" (Trace Studios).

These seven series testify to the diversity and boldness of French fiction. Figures from the latest study conducted by the CNC and Unifrance have revealed an all-time high for French drama, with sales of €80.7 million, representing an increase of 40.9% between 2021 and 2022. For the first time since 1999, when statistical tracking of exports by genre began, fiction has become the leading export genre, accounting for 37.6% of total sales.

In 2024, French creations are very well represented in the program, with 13 French works in all the festival's sections: International Competition with "In the Shadows" (France 2) and "Rematch" (ARTE / Disney + / HBO Europe); French Competition with "Homejacking" (OCS); "Le Monde n’existe pas" (ARTE); "Machine" (ARTE/Prime Video); "Serial Hunter" (M6); "Ourika" (Prime Video); "A Dangerous Friendship" (France 2); Short Forms Competition with "Ceux qui rougissent" (ARTE /RTS) and "Bouchon" (ARTE).

In Comedy Competition will participate "Extra" (OCS) and in Special Screenings — Out of Competition, "HPI" — Season 4 (TF1) and Documentary Series "Insoupçonnable" (France 2).

On the other hand, the festival's main juries will include for the first time two of the new faces in the French cinema and audiovisual realms, supported by Unifrance as part of its 10 to Watch initiative. Actor Sofiane Zermani will be on the International Competition jury, and actress Suzy Bemba on the International Panorama jury.

Unifrance will also be on hand at the festival to promote this sterling French presence and meet the artistic teams behind the selected series: actors, screenwriters, directors, showrunners.