‘Clandestin’ coup at fest

Drama wins big at Festival of Audiovisual Programs

Helmer-scribe Arnaud Bedouet’s TV drama “Clandestin” was the big winner at Gaul’s 23rd Festival of Audiovisual Programs, nabbing three of the six awards, including the Fipa d’Argent and honors for screenplay and soundtrack, on Saturday.

“Clandestin” follows an 18-year-old from Mauritius who is sent to Paris to find his older brother, who has disappeared. It was produced by La Boite a Images and pubcaster France Televisions.

The six-day event, the most significant TV fest in France and a prestigious European event, welcomed TV execs and their shows from 30 countries to Biarritz.

The event’s top prize, the Fipa d’Or, went to “Anvers,” helmer-scribe Martijn Maria Smits’ drama from the Netherlands about a family facing financial ruin when the breadwinner loses his job.

Actor honors went to Frantisek Nemec for his role in “Archiv,” produced by Ceska Televize (Czech Republic), while actress went to Michelle Barthel for her role in “Keine Angst,” produced by Tag/Traum Filmproduktion (Germany).

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