Five reasons to visit BOZAR’s Are You Series? 2017

The end of 2017 will see the fifth round of Are You Series?, the Brussels-based festival celebrating all things international TV series. Limited to not only media professionals but also your everyday TV show fans, BOZAR will see six days of serie screenings, talks and projects be carried out. With only one day to go, we handpick five reasons to not miss this year’s edition. Don’t sleep.

Perhaps rather fitting for an extroardinary – sometimes even bordering on the absurd – year we’ve had, Are You Series? 2017 will be playing around the notion of existential crises. From emotional triggers to senseless dystopias, the media festival will continue its critical focus on the art of story-telling through an impressive number of 15 screenings over the course of just under a week.

Specifically on their roster are some of this year’s most globally acclaimed TV shows, ranging from two episodes to entire season screenings. Think trans-Atlantic John Ridley production Guerrilla, Cold War romantic drama The Same Sky, Lars Von Trier’s cult horror The Kingdom and the TV adaption of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaiden’s Tale. God bless.

This year’s highlights include some unprecedented novelties: French actress-cum-director Zabou Breitman is invited to discuss and showcase her latest TV project Paris etc. The woman behind acclaimed movies such as L’Hiver sous la table and Se souvenir des belles choses has embarked on a new Canal+ show which portrays the intimate realities of a female-heavy cast. Furthermore, the curatorial team has concocted two family-friendly screenings, from Lucas etc. to 5vor12 – dedicated to the question of juvenile delinquency.

This year’s edition will also see the first run at the sub-event, Are You Web Fest?. Dedicated to all online series, the BOZAR team having made the pretty exciting move of setting up an international competition, too. An open call to all budding, locally-based “project leaders” (think directors, screenwriters, producers) to try their hand at real-life, PechaKucha-style pitching, in the presence of both Belgian and international media professionals. Perhaps the chance of a lifetime.

Not just fixated on the aspect of entertainment, Are You Series? will also present five years of clear analytical research findings in the presence of ministers Alda Greoli and Sven Gatz, as well as local and global professionals. Collecting data since their year of launching, the festival will be conveying the development and growth of Belgium’s TV series production in concrete figures – from key figures within the Belgian TV industry, to Belgium’s international impact, to regional comparisons between Flanders and Wallonia.