By Ryan Keating-Lambert

Brno’s new Serial Killer festival is the first festival of television and online series taking place 2nd – 5th May and will showcase the best in contemporary European and world television.

The festival programme will see an international competition screen pilot episodes of recent action thrillers, crime dramas, and sharp satires from Central and Eastern Europe including contemporary series from Romania, Poland, Croatia, Estonia, Russia and an exclusive premiere of new Czech series Most!

Noteworthy titles include the timely Spanish crime series about nuclear fallout The Zone, the American and Romanian co-production Comrade Detective (pictured) – HBO Europe’s hilarious police show parody starring the voice talents of Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (think Romanian Starsky and Hutch) and many more.

There will also be a strong focus on Danish television. After all, the country certainly knows how to put on a decent crime show. Catch the fourth season of the iconic Swedish/Danish crime thriller The Bridge as well as a special screening of the bizarre cult medical drama The Kingdom, originally launched by controversial film director Lars von Trier.

For industry professionals, there will also be a number of special guests at the festival, including Nik Powell, founder of Virgin Records; Ben Gibson, dean of London Film School; Rod Stoneman, founder of the British TV Channel 4; Mette Damgaard-Sørensen, associate to director Lars von Trier and artistic director of New Danish Screen. Local guests include Czech actress Aňa Geislerová, casting director Maya Kvetny and many more.

The festival will take place in Brno’s Kino Scala, Divadlo Bolka Polívky and Divadlo Husa na provázku. All screenings are English friendly. For tickets, passes and full programme, visit the official festival website.

Photo: LA Times

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