Binge-watch to death. That was one of the very first captions of the Serial Killer festival.
But do we even know what different audiences want to watch? What can be the source of inspiration, know-how or data? And what about current TV trends?
Serial Killer TV Days is an industry programme for film and TV professionals. However, it has also been attracting journalists and students of audio-visual study programmes for several years. And among other benefits, it can certainly help with answers for the questions – so far rhetorical – mentioned above.
Even this year, Serial Killer brings a three-day TV Days conference (September 20 to 22, 2023) back to the Orlí Street Theatre of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU).
This year’s festival focus on Finnish TV drama will also be reflected within the industry programme – Finnish professionals representing both public and the private sphere will reveal their know-how and present upcoming series in a number of showcases, keynote speeches, lectures, case studies and panel discussions.
You will be able to meet e.g. Jarmo Lampela, Head of Drama from the Finnish public broadcaster YLE, creators of the anticipated co-pro series ESTONIA, Association of Producers Finland or well-known Finnish actress, screenwriter and director Tiina Lymi. The spotlight will be given also to the Finnish know-how about the young adult content and series for children.
Apart from the guests from Scandinavia, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Poland, Hungary or Switzerland, several sessions will also be delivered by the Ukrainian Content Club. K7 Media will look closer at the recent TV drama trends, focusing both on fiction and non-fiction, HBO veteran Antony Root will be talking (not just) about the CEE TV drama, and we will also be dealing with the burning topic – artificial intelligence and its impact on the audiovisual industry.
Finnish actor Pelle Heikkilä and Icelandic actress Aníta Briem known e.g. from the series The Tudors will be talking about the phenomenon of actors and actresses writing their own scripts and US screenwriter Molly Nussbaum who worked on series such as Brave New World, Umbrella Academy or anticipated series reboot of Daredevil from Marvel Studios will deliver a ‘page to screen’ session comparing original scenes on the page with those actually played.
The sixth year of the TV Days conference will also host a session from Canal+ and we will be also talking about the ‘fewer-bigger-better’ approach with Piodor Gustafsson, Director of Scripted Content at Swedish TV4. Serial Killer will also introduce several sessions in collaboration with the MIDPOINT Smash Cut programme.
TV Days accreditation holders will be able to attend tens of sessions from local as well as international speakers, case studies and showcases full of new series from different corners of Europe or masterclasses from outstanding creators and talents.
The price of a three-day TV Days pass is 130 EUR. Apart from the conference programme, it will allow its holder to attend all the Serial Killer screenings as well as the evening networking parties.
The programme of the TV Days conference is in English.