The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled the first tranche of high-end TV series to launch at the German market in February.

Berlin Film Festival

This comes after the festival extended its television drama strand to beef up its coverage of the small screen.

Seven international TV projects that are searching for co-production and financing partners will launch at Berlin’s CoPro Series event, which is part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, on 16 February.

Among the selection are The Illegal from Canada, a dystopian story by author and director Clement Virgo (The Book Of Negroes) and the Danish miniseries Lucky Per, which will be directed by Oscar-winner Bille August (Night Train To Lisbon).

These are joined by German project The Disappearance by Hans-Christian Schmid (Home for the Weekend), Norwegian crime series Brotherhood, Dutch family drama Avrupa and Israeli newsroom-based drama Wars Inc.

Meanwhile, Scandinavian series DNA, from author and creator Torleif Hoppe (The Killing), will return to Berlin as part of a strand organised with European TV co-production forum Séries Mania Paris.

The CoPro Series offers producers and financiers the opportunity to get to know the series’ creators at a networking get-together following their pitch, and arrange one-on-one meetings to discuss potential partnerships in more detail.

The Killing and The Bridge producer Peter Nadermann, who runs German indie Nadcon Film and The Team producer Jan de Clercq from Belgian firm Lumière Publishing will act as special advisers across Berlin’s TV interests.

Selected Projects for CoPro Series 2016:

Avrupa (Circe Film), The Netherlands

Brotherhood (Friland Produksjon), Norway

DNA (Eyeworks Scandi Fiction), Denmark

Lucky Per (Nordisk Film Production), Denmark

The Disappearance (23/5 Filmproduktion), Germany

The Illegal (Conquering Lion Pictures), Canada

Wars Inc. (Drama Team), Israel