Series Mania Pushes Back 2021 Event Amid COVID-19 Concerns

Watchmen - Publicity Still - H 2019
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A screening of HBO's 'Watchmen' was one of the highlights of Series Mania 2020

The French television festival moves its 2021 event from mid-March to late May.

French television festival Series Mania has pushed back its 2021 event from mid-March to late May-early June amid concerns the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will restrict public events and international travel. 

Series Mania 2021, originally scheduled for March 19-27, will now be held in Lille, France from May 28 to June 5. The event's industry section, the Series Mania Forum, will run June 1-3, with the Lille Dialogues, discussions between political decision-makers and leading industry executives, to be held on June 1.

Series Mania has also pushed back the deadline for submission of new projects, from January 6 to March 5, 2021. 

Alongside the physical event in Lille, the festival will also host screenings and virtual events on its Series Mania Digital platform, which launched earlier this year, amid the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

News of potentially effective vaccines against COVID-19 has raised hope that major media and entertainment industry events could resume next year but organizers are still cautious.

The Sundance Film Festival this week unveiled a trailer for the 2021 event that pitched a hybrid version of the popular fest —"both online and in the real world across the US and beyond"—and Berlin has indicated it may hold a slimmed-down version of the 2021 Berlinale, planned for Feb. 11-Feb. 21.