The winners of the MipTV Online Plus projects competitions were announced on Tuesday, and they included “The Drama Queens of Kabul” (Australia), “Pop Paper City” (United Kingdom), and “Before You Hit the Floor” (Spain).
In a list of winners heavy on themes of women’s empowerment, ethnic issues, and concepts from both established TV industries and rising countries, “Behind Lucy,” also from Spain, won big, as did “Mother City” from South Africa and “Bathroom Confessions” from Lebanon.
Drama comedies like “The Drama Queens of Kabul” by Rantan Productions, which follows two Australian women as they attempt to create Kabul’s first post-Taliban TV soap opera, and “Mother City,” police procedural about a forensics cop trained by the FBI who returns to his native South Africa to investigate crimes of an apparently supernatural nature, both received praise at the Drama Series Pitch, the foundation of MipTV and Canneseries’ In Development initiative. Moonrise Pictures distributes films that were produced by Enigma Pictures.
The 3D animated kids series “Pop Paper City,” created by Aardman Animations (“Chicken Run,” “Wallace and Gromit”) and LoveLove Films, lives up to its name by depicting the adventures of a bunch of paper buddies in a brightly colored world.
Docu-feature “Behind Lucy,” the winner of the MipDoc project, tells the inside story of the preparation of the NASA Lucy mission to the Jupiter Trojans as seen through the eyes of its top scientists, thereby pursuing the growing factual trend of exploring the personal story behind large public events. The city of Somadrome, in Spain, is a producer.
MipFormats went to “Before You Hit the Floor,” a rough and ready contest of bravery in which a competitor has to bungee jump down the elevator of a lofty building, produced by Atresmedia Studios, a third-party content producer of the Spanish network Atresmedia. Comedy-drama “Bathroom Confessions,” a ten-part short format series produced by Lebanon’s Olive Tree Productions, features recordings of women having candid chats in front of a bathroom mirror.