Unifrance has confirmed the dates for Unifrance Rendez-Vous to be 3 to 7 September 2023 in Biarritz. The event will welcome various French sales companies and international buyers to the Basque coast city. "As part of Unifrance's intensified international promotion strategy, we encourage artists to participate actively in international markets and festival, particularly those aimed at the television sector," the company states. "Artists will thus be warmly welcomed this year to join in the high points of the market, with the goal of fostering quality exchanges with industry professionals from around the world."
To continue the tradition, the opening ceremony of this year's Rendez-Vous event, set to be held on 3 September, will take place at Les Halles de Biarritz. The market and the video library will be open for participants from 4 September at the Bellevue. The conference will offer international buyers the chance to discover a diverse range of French productions through an optimized viewing platform designed for Unifrance members to seek opportunities related to content curation and showcase their productions.
The event is organized following the first gala evening organized in 2022, at which accredited participants had the chance to discover "Diane de Poitiers" by Josée Dayan in a screening held in the presence of the creative crew from the mini-series. This year, Director/Screenwriter Noé Debré and actor Xavier Lacaille have been selected to present an exclusive screening of the first two episodes of Season 3 of the series "Parliament," distributed by France tv distribution and produced by Cinétévé, at Le Royal cinema in Biarritz.
The artistic teams from a number of French TV productions will also take part in convivial luncheon and dinner events to be held at Biarritz's Municipal Casino. In addition, organizers also confirmed plans to host the Report on Export Figures for French Television Programs again following a successful event in 2022. Scheduled for 4 September, it will be organized in partnership with the CNC, at the Salle des Vagues at the Bellevue.
The drama series set to be presented to attendees include "All this I will give to you," an adaptation of the novel "Todo esto te daré" by Dolores Redondo (in the presence of the writer), presented by Film & Picture, the documentary series "Lagerfeld: Ambitions," directed by Guillaume Perez, offering an insight into the secrets of the mastermind of fashion, presented by Studiocanal, a collection of animated programs for young audiences on the theme of sport: "Athleticus," "Karate Sheep" and "Zig & Sharko," presented by Xilam Animation, the documentary production "The Matrix: Inside & Out," directed by Benjamin Clavel, which revisits the cult saga from a new perspective, presented by The Party Film Sales.