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Canada-France Series Lab | Phases 2 & 3

Banff/Lille, Canada/France, June 11, 2023 to March 21, 2024

The Canada-France Series Lab is launching a new call for applications open to pairs of French and Canadian co-producers who are developing an audiovisual series together and wish to be supported in its creative and financing structuration and presentation to the global market. On the agenda for phases 2 and 3: work sessions in the inspiring setting of the Rockies during the Banff World Media Festival (June 11-14, 2023), online mentoring (September 2023 – March 2024) and pitch session and meetings with decision-makers at the Series Mania Forum (March 19-21, 2024).

This call for entries pertains to phases 2 & 3 of the Canada-France Series Lab only. Any project submitted must be presented jointly by an eligible Canadian and French production and must meet all the eligibility criteria listed in the rules and regulations. Consult the complete guidelines here.

The jury is composed of:

President: Emmanuelle Guilbart, Joint CEO & Founder, About Premium Content (FR)
Sydney Gallonde, CEO & Executive Producer, Make It Happen Studio (FR)
Christina Jennings, President, Shaftesbury (CA)
Christine de Bourbon Busset, Producer, Lincoln TV (FR)
Daniela Mujica, Executive Producer & Author, Productions Ocho (CA)

  • April 11-21, 2023: call opens for phases 2 & 3
  • Week of May 15, 2023: selections announcement
  • June 11-14, 2023: workshops and networking activities in the inspiring setting of the Rockies during the BANFF World Media Festival
  • September 2023 – March 2024: online workshops and tailor-made one-on-one sessions with experts
  • March 19-21, 2024: pitch session and meetings with decision-makers at Series Mania Forum 2024

Canada-France Series Lab is a joint venture between Series Mania Forum, Telefilm Canada, CNC and BANFF World Media Festival. The main goal of the Canada-France Series Lab is to encourage and facilitate the development of new relationships between Canadian and French producers and ultimately create new co-production opportunities, while at the same time fostering the development of projects with strong international potential in a competitive environment. Partners of this new Series Lab include the Embassy of Canada in France, the French Embassy in Canada and the Canada Media Fund, including collaboration with producers’ associations
and provincial partners.


The Canada-France Series Lab is a year-long initiative that began at Series Mania Forum 2023 and ending at the 2024 event.

PHASE 1 (completed)
Phase 1 of the Series Lab took place during Series Mania Forum 2023 during which ten Canadian producers and ten French producers took part in two days of matchmaking sessions and talks with industry experts to get to know each other and try to find their co-production partner.

PHASES 2 & 3 (starting in June 2023)
Up to five pairs of French and Canadian co-producers who are developing an audiovisual series together and wish to be supported in its structuring and presentation to the global market will be selected by a jury of experts presided by Emmanuelle Guilbart (Joint CEO & Founder, About Premium Content).


Now in its 44th year, and with 45+ countries participating, the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) hosts one of the most important global conferences and content development marketplaces. BANFF’s intimate, retreat-style event serves as a leading destination for co-production and co-venture partners and offers an unparalleled opportunity for international decision-makers to connect, map the future of the industry, and execute new business deals. Summit Series keynotesMaster Classes and renowned Showrunner Superpanels feature the industry’s most inspiring creative and business leaders. The Rockie Awards International Program Competition and Rockies Gala recognize the best content and most influential entertainment industry executives, talent and creators in the world.

BANFF continues to deliver important fellowships and initiatives including: the BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media, the Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices Initiative, and the Indigenous ScreenSummit and Pitch Forum. Together these programs have provided more than 700 opportunities for under-represented professionals in the Canadian media industry.

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If you have any questions regarding the program, please contact us at:

Promotion and Communications
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800-567-0890