The French Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) is launching a training programme for pairs of French and non-French writers, focussing on issues specific to co-authoring international series. It is doing this in partnership with the Séries Mania Festival (France), the Conecta Fiction & Entertainment co-production and networking market (Spain) and the Sarajevo Film Festival – CineLink Industry Days (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Financed for the next three years (2023-2025) by the European Commission’s MEDIA programme, five pairs of writers will be trained a year, i.e. a total of thirty writers.
Every year during partner events the ten selected writers will take part in three residential training sessions, each lasting one week. They will also meet established professionals, have workshops and masterclasses on the design, sale and distribution of an international television series (creative, financial, contractual, regulatory, environmental aspects etc).
The five pairs will be chosen each year by the CNC and its partners from among the winners of COCO-I, a CNC scheme helping co-author international co-productions. The idea is to create a group of writers from different backgrounds and nationalities, with different experiences, sharing a desire to work together.
The CNC and its partners will use feedback from participants and their work during the training sessions to create and distribute a guide to the best ways of co-writing and internationally co-producing series.