We are delighted to announce our col­lab­or­a­tion with The Cannes – Vivendi/​Canal+ Group Inter­na­tion­al Chaire and Uni­versité Côte d’Azur (UCA) on a writers‘ res­id­ency ded­ic­ated to series tak­ing place in Cannes from March 5 to April 11, 2018.

The Cannes – Vivendi/​Canal+ Group Inter­na­tion­al Chaire and Uni­versité Côte d’Azur (UCA) are launch­ing today, Novem­ber 14, 2017, a call for can­did­ates for this excep­tion­al res­id­ency ded­ic­ated to screen­writ­ing for series. Developed by UCA in asso­ci­ation with Seri­al Eyes (DFFB, Ber­lin), the first edi­tion of the Insti­tute pro­poses a five-week immer­sion for young inter­na­tion­al authors in an intens­ive series-writ­ing pro­gram in close con­nec­tion with the cre­at­ive eco­sys­tem of the CANAL+ group.

The res­id­ency will take place in the con­text of the future Cannes uni­ver­sity hub, a pro­ject of Dav­id Lisnard, the May­or of Cannes, and of UCA. It will con­trib­ute, through its con­tent, to Cannes’s ambi­tion of becom­ing a lead­ing uni­ver­sity city in the area of the cre­at­ive eco­nomy, and to the cre­at­ive dynam­ic of CAN­NESER­IES, the Inter­na­tion­al Series Fest­iv­al that will be held in Cannes from April 4 to April 11, 2018. Tuition fees and hous­ing costs will be covered for all par­ti­cipants by the Cannes – Vivendi/​CANAL+ Group Inter­na­tion­al Chaire.

Can­neser­ies Institute

For its first edi­tion, the res­id­ency will bring togeth­er eight young pro­fes­sion­al screen­writers who will be ment­ored by top inter­na­tion­al spe­cial­ists in series writ­ing and production.

Resid­ing in Cannes for the dur­a­tion of the pro­gram, the authors will devel­op a series pro­ject based on a theme pro­posed by the CANAL+ Group; they will bene­fit from indi­vidu­al ment­or­ing, will exper­i­ence col­lab­or­at­ive writ­ing in a writers’ room format, will attend mas­ter classes from pro­fes­sion­al teams from the CANAL+ Group (Créa­tion Ori­ginale, Stu­dio+, Stu­dio Bagel, Stu­di­ocanal) and will have access to CAN­NESER­IES. Each par­ti­cipant will pro­duce a short bible and the pilot of a series (10×10’ or 6×26’ format).

At the end of the pro­gram, par­ti­cipants will receive a uni­ver­sity dip­loma from UCA, and the author of one pro­ject will be offered a devel­op­ment agree­ment by the CANAL+ Group.

Cooper­a­tion with a Net­work of European Screen­writ­ing Schools

Most of the res­id­ents in this new pro­gram will be selec­ted in the con­text of cooper­a­tion agree­ments estab­lished by UCA with European screen­writ­ing schools: Seri­al Eyes (Ger­many), the Con­ser­vatoire européen d’écriture audi­ovisuelle (France), the Scuola Hold­en (Italy), the Pol­ish Nation­al Film, Tele­vi­sion, and Theat­er School (Poland), the Lon­don Film School (Great Bri­tain), and the MID­POINT Inter­na­tion­al Script Devel­op­ment Pro­gram (Czech Republic).

Par­ti­cip­ate in a Key Event in the World of Series

Par­ti­cipants will be able to take part in CAN­NESER­IES, the Cannes Inter­na­tion­al Series Fest­iv­al, by attend­ing screen­ings of new series, the clos­ing cere­mony, and numer­ous mas­ter classes and oth­er events. They will also be able to par­ti­cip­ate in In Devel­op­ment, the Series Cre­ation For­um pro­posed by CAN­NESER­IES and MIPTV.

Key Dates

Novem­ber 14 to Decem­ber 20, 2017           Call for candidates

Janu­ary 19, 2018                                                  List of short-lis­ted applic­ants announced

Feb­ru­ary 9, 2018                                                 List of the eight final­ists announced

March 5 to April 11, 2018                                 CAN­NESER­IES Insti­tute residency

 To apply, vis­it the pro­gram web site


About the Cannes – Vivendi/​Canal + Inter­na­tion­al Chaire

On May 18, 2017, the City of Cannes, the Vivendi group, the CANAL+ Group, and UCA and its Found­a­tion cre­ated an inter­na­tion­al chaire (sponsored pro­gram for research and/​or train­ing). The mis­sion of the chaire is to imple­ment train­ing pro­grams of excel­lence in Cannes start­ing in 2018, in anti­cip­a­tion of the com­plete edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram that will be pro­posed by UCA on the Cannes cam­pus start­ing in Septem­ber 2019; this edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram will include, in par­tic­u­lar, high level train­ing in writ­ing and the cre­ation of audio-visu­al content.