The Russian TV series Blackout won the award for the Best TV Series of Central and Eastern Europe, having been selected from another 6 competing titles by the festival’s international jury. The series follows the story of a Russian veteran of the Afghan War and takes viewers on an emotional ride to post-Soviet Russia in the early 1990s.
The honorable mention goes to HBO’s The Sleepers, a refined spy drama set around the fall of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. The show will symbolically premiere on TV on the 17th of November, which is celebrated in the Czech Republic as the Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day.
This year’s Best Webseries of Central and Eastern Europe award was won by Mall.tv’s project #martyisdead, a dark story about cyberbullying based on a true story. The series will be available on Mall.tv beginning from 20 October. Thanks to Joël Bassaget, member of the festival’s international jury from France and one of the leading experts on webseries, #martyisdead will also be presented at MIPCOM in Cannes, the largest TV content trade show in Europe taking place in a week.
As part of the Industry programme, the Serial Killer festival has, for the first time, awarded the new Progressive Killer award for an outstanding and forward-looking TV creator with a vision and a European outreach. Under the sponsorship of the Forbes magazine, the award was given to Tomáš Hrubý, producer of two exceptional Czech TV titles from HBO: Burning Bush and Wasteland.
The Industry Days program for TV professionals was attended by numerous prominent European TV personalities such as Ivar Køhn, Head of Drama at the Norwegian NRK, which is one of the most progressive and internationally acclaimed TV broadcasters. Aside from the heads of drama at various European TV broadcasters, Brno hosted a plethora of important figures such as Katharina Bondel, the member of the international jury, who is the new Head of Berlinale Drama Series Days, and Liselott Forsman, the new CEO of Nordisk - the prestigious Scandinavian Film & TV Fond, who expressed an opinion also shared by other international creators, affirming that Serial Killer has a big potential to become an important player in the European TV landscape. The festival’s program also featured upcoming TV series for 2020 and was attended by the total of 250 TV professionals from all around Europe.
Serial Killer included over 40 screenings and a rich accompanying program for over 10 thousand visitors.