This is a very special year for the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, with the event marking its 60th anniversary from 19 to 23 June. To celebrate, certain changes have been planned, along with several surprises.
“There have been six decades of competition, thousands of fiction and news programmes screened, awards presented, winners named, Golden Nymphs bestowed, talent honoured and miles of red carpet walked,” says Laurent Puons, CEO of the festival. “When an event celebrates its 60th anniversary, one might say it has reached the age of reason, an age when it looks back over its history, an apt time for change,” he goes on. “It appreciates its worth and accepts its origins. Having now become unmissable, it displays great assuredness and naturally commands recognition for its success.” To kick off this anniversary edition in spectacular style, the festival held a unique reception in Los Angeles back in February, attended by a host of Hollywood stars. Some 250 illustrious guests, including actors, actresses, directors and producers, as well as former jury presidents, winners of the Honorary Golden Nymphs and Crystal Nymphs, joined HSH Prince Albert II for a glamorous evening at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
Gearing up for the 2020 edition!
The festival kicks off on 19 June with a screening at the Grimaldi Forum of the thriller series Shadowplay, in the presence of lead actors Taylor Kitsch and Michael C. Hall. Conceived as a 16-episode series told in two chapters, the show follows the fortunes of Max McLaughlin, an American police officer who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. The rest of the festival will feature round-table discussions, public screenings and a variety of autograph and selfie sessions. As always, the festival will celebrate the hottest television series and bring together the biggest stars in Monte-Carlo, to the great delight of fans. Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria and Jason Priestley are just some of the celebrities to have graced the red carpet over the years.
Among the changes planned for this year, the festival has reconfigured its famous Golden Nymph Awards, with long fiction programmes, comedy TV series and drama TV series now combined into a single Fiction category. The News category is also evolving and is now divided into three sections: news coverage, news documentary and documentary film. Finally, the Prince Rainier III Special Prize has become a completely separate category. As Laurent Puons explains, “all of these changes are part of an ongoing monitoring strategy that has been put in place in recent years, confirming the festival’s dominant position in Europe. Promoting international TV programmes and constantly adapting to changes in the industry are part of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival’s DNA.”
By Caroline Sempé
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