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A selection of international series in competition in front of a jury of professionals
Like every year, a selection of international short series are presented to the audience and put in competition before a jury of professionals.
This official selection will naturally focus on the quality and originality of the series in competition. Carried out by professionals in the audiovisual industry, this selection is made according to specific qualitative criteria (script, staging, acting, technical qualities, etc.).
Through this selection, the festival wishes to highlight the diversity of creation and wants to be an incubator for new talents and to serve as a springboard for creation. In addition, most of the series presented will be broadcast exclusively.
The Marseille Web Fest will project the first episodes (20 minutes maximum) of the series on the big screen for the duration of the festival, and they will be available online for free, with subtitles (in French for foreign series) after registration on our dedicated platform.
The jury of international professionals will choose the winners of the following prizes:
Director - Producer
President of the Jury
Sarah Lelouch is a former journalist and television producer who founded Watch’Us Productions in 2005, inviting Fred Musa to join her in the adventure. Like Fred, she wanted to focus on diversity in its broadest sense, in terms of culture, origins, lifestyles, personalities and also formats. For Sarah, urban culture is a symbol of diversity, with Fred as the representative of their association bringing their ambitions to life.
As a project incubator, the company focuses on impact documentaries, such as the film Entre 2 Vies which tackles the subject of rehabilitation seen through the eyes of Samy Naceri. Since then, Sarah has produced and directed four documentaries and is currently producing her first series.
Over the past five years, Sarah has also managed the successful transition of Watch’Us towards fiction. After two multiple award-winning short films, she is currently producing her first film projects and series, still based on the key watchword: diversity.
Irène Camargo de Staal
Membre du Jury
Screenwriter for film and television, Irène Camargo de Staal started out as a scriptwriter and editor. After having lived in Rio de Janeiro, Paris and Rome, Irène settled in Marseille, her city of heart.
From 2004 to 2008, she worked as a writing coordinator on a popular series set in Marseille.
Nourished by these experiences, she then collaborated in the writing of feature films for the cinema. She does not hesitate to perfect her knowledge by following numerous workshops.
In 2020-21, she was the winner of the grant: “ARTE/Groupe Ouest”, “Ciné-Comédies” and “Emergence Cinéma”.
Alongside her activity as a screenwriter, Irène runs writing workshops for Groupe Ouest (Building a series concept), the CEFPF, Cannes UCA (Scenario and Narrations)… Recently, Irène has been working as a consultant for AMAZON Studios. Irène is currently developing three series projects, including the comedy Clairbnb (8×40′) produced by AGAT FILMS.
Writer - Director - Producer
Member of the Jury
Carl Reid is a writer, director, and producer with over a decade’s worth of professional experience in the entertainment industry. As a writer, Carl has worked for Comedy Central writing for their Roast specials, developed high-concept screenplays for Circle of Confusion, and served as a showrunner for multiple series for Kevin Hart’s LOL network and Lionsgate.
He wrote and produced the comedy series, WTF Baron Davis on Hulu and served as the Chief Writer and Head of Development for the production company, No Label, for five years, developing shows and features for Amazon, Warner Brothers, Netflix, and Sony Pictures. He wrote and co-directed the comedy feature, Domino: Battle of the Bones starring Snoop Dogg and David Arquette.
He is currently a partner at Redbird Entertainment, whose recent feature, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain, swept nearly every festival it played in and secured Morgan Freeman as an executive producer before winning the Gotham Award and receiving several Independent Spirit Award nominations.
The film is now available on HBO Max and was also named one of the top ten films of the year on Rogerebert.com. During the quarantine of 2020, Carl wrote, co-directed, and produced a full, eight-episode season of a half-hour superhero comedy called Grounded, coming soon to Tubi.
Author - Director - Producer
Member of the Jury
Jérémy Sahel is a French author-director, producer and entrepreneur very curious about new audiovisual formats. He is a recognized expert in the cultural and creative industries.
With the company Perpetual Soup, he imported the model of the US author/producer by adapting it to French cultural industries. Its association with authors Vincent Poymiro and David Elkaïm places writing and artistic direction at the heart of the production process.
The company Anca, created by two former managers of Lagardère Studio Christophe Thoral and Rose Brandford Griffith, associated with the German giant Beta, entered the capital of the company in 2022 to consolidate this ambition.
In addition, Jeremy has supported the fundraising of several companies in the field of new technologies and biotechs.
Director - Writer
Member of the Jury
Raquel (USA/PL) is a director and screenwriter living in Berlin, Germany. At the moment, she is writing a primetime crime drama (UFA Fiction & ARD) and has original projects in development with Razor Film (Germany) and C-Films (Switzerland). She directed the first season of sexy dance series EVEN CLOSER – HAUTNAH (6 x 30 min.) (UFA Serial Drama / RTL+) and directs for German teen soap opera SCHLOSS EINSTEIN.
Raquel has worked in writers’ rooms on series developed by UFA Fiction, Neue Super, and Bon Voyage Films. She holds a BFA in Film & TV Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in screenwriting, with a concentration in serial writing, from Filmuniversität Babelsberg. She lives in Berlin and is represented by The Agency, London.