After closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and after meeting with the French government, health authorities, and city officials from Lille, organisers have decided that the 2020 Series Mania Festival (due to run from March 20th to 28th), and Series Mania Forum (scheduled for March 25th – 27th), as well as Lille Dialogues (March 26th) have all been cancelled.
Series Mania, the international TV series festival, was set to host global premieres of a number of shows including The Luminaries starring Eva Green and Sky Atlantic’s Little Birds.
“Every year since its inaugural event in Lille, Series Mania has attracted 80,000 festival-goers, most of whom have already booked their event tickets, and more than 3,000 professionals. Due to the recent restriction from the French government banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people, coupled with the travel restrictions for many of our international participants, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Series Mania,” commented Rodolphe Belmer, president of Series Mania. “In this delicate period, we are very touched by the ongoing support of our French and international partners, and we want to express our warm thanks to everyone.”
President of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, commented: “The Hauts-de-France region has had the honor of hosting Series Mania since 2018 and is already looking forward to welcoming the Festival, Forum and Lille Dialogues in an ambitious way in 2021, as well as its further development in future years. Series Mania has our total support, as well as the people around the world during this difficult time.”
Laurence Herszberg, founder and general director of Series Mania, added:“This year’s Series Mania was an event not to be missed with an exceptional program and amazing guest list. It is with great sadness that we have had to make this difficult decision. However, our utmost concern is for the safety and well-being of our valued clients, guests, and staff who have invested so much time these past few months. I would like to thank the city of Lille, Hauts-de-France region, and European audiences for their enthusiasm and passion. I would also like to thank every creator, talent, producer, and broadcaster who have trusted us since the beginning. To our audiences, professionals, politicians, and industry leaders, we will be back stronger than ever in 2021 with a new edition that will be, from the bottom our hearts, even more ambitious and radiant.”