Contest

Contest

Contest

Contest

Contest

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Screenwriting contest

To renew the representation of Europe and European identity in crime narratives

Contest

$

Screenwriting contest

To renew the representation of Europe and European identity in crime narratives

DETECt and Serial Eyes are looking for the next great European crime series!

We are looking for proposals for TV series in the crime genre for either broadcast or streaming services. The proposed show should push the genre in unexpected ways, using crime narratives to explore the richness and complexity of European society. An international jury of top industry professionals will review the final five submissions. The winning author(s) will be invited to attend the DETECt final project conference in Rome in June 2021.

Call for Projects

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What We Are Looking For

In the DETECt CRIME SERIES CONTEST we welcome proposals for any kind of crime fiction. We proceed from the assumption that good crime narratives are able to capture international audiences and offer engaging transcultural representations, revealing the profound diversity that characterizes all of European countries and informs the everyday experience of their citizens.
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Contest Submission Requirements

Proposals must be the original creation of a writer or a writing team. We are looking for project proposals (not scripts!) that outline the major elements of the television series. The proposal must be written in English and no longer than 5 pages (A4, standard formatting). Proposals may be for procedural or serialized returning series or for limited series (mini-series). Series length should be 6 to 10 episodes at 25-30 or 45-60 minutes per episode. Submissions must be made no later than 15 February 2021 via Serial-Eyes Submission Portal.
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The Jury

Our jury consists of top industry professionals involved in the creation and distribution of crime series:

  • Karen Hassan, Cattleya
  • Steve Matthews, HBO Europe
  • Giacomo Poletti, Mediaset Group
  • Eva Van Leeuwen, Netflix
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Prize

The winner will be invited to attend the DETECt final conference in Rome, Italy (21-23 June 2021) and have the opportunity to meet the members of the jury (travel and accommodation expenses covered by the organisers). In addition, the winner will be awarded an annual subscription to an online marketplace for films and series in development, including a script analysis and evaluation.
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General conditions of participation

  1. Eligibility: Only writers who are legal residents of the European Union or the United Kingdom may submit.
  2. The copyright and rights of use of the submitted materials remain with the submitter(s).
    3. The submitted works may not be based on works protected by third-party copyright unless permission is granted and documented.
    4. The submitter(s) confirms that the project has not been optioned or purchased by a third party at the time of submission.
    5. DETECt or its partners are not obligated to option or produce any of the submitted projects.
    6. DETECt guarantees that the submissions will only be made available to people involved in the selection process.
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The Serial Eyes Crime Series Webinar

In conjunction with the contest, Serial Eyes offers a webinar on writing crime series. In regular weekly instalments Serial Eyes faculty discuss the fascination of writing crime and explain the dramaturgical elements that make up a good crime series. You can follow this webinar series on the DETECt YouTube channel.

Watch the Webinar:

First Episode

Second Episode

 

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Contact

For inquiries:
contest@detect-project.eu
visit Serial-Eyes or contact Hannah Bethe at h.bethe@dffb.de.
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Coordination

Luca Barra, Ben Harris, Federico Pagello, Valentina Re.
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Organising Committee

Luca Antoniazzi, Massimiliano Coviello, Paola De Rosa.