PITCH: LES IMAGINALES GOES LUXFILMFEST
With: Renowned authors of the fantastic literary genre (Charlotte Bousquet, Fabien Cerutti, Jean-Laurent Del Socorro, Estelle Faye, Johan Heliot, Katia Lanero Zamora, Stefan Platteau, Floriane Soulas, Estelle Vagner, Luc François, Jean Bürlesk)
Organisation: Les Imaginales d’Epinal, Épinal (FR) (14.05-17.05.2020), Luxembourg City Film Festival
In partnership with: LxScript, Librairie Ernster
With the support of : Ministère de la Culture
Language: French, English
Price: Free entry, subject to availability
Venue: Festival Headquarters, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
Pitching / Presentation of the projects on Saturday, 7/03 – 2.30pm – 4.30pm
followed by a One-on-One session and a signing session with the authors (in collaboration with Librairie Ernster) from 4.30pm – 6.30pm, and a free drink offered by the Festival
Moderation of the pitching session by Estelle Faye and Frédéric Zeimet (LxScript)
A dozen of renowned French, Belgian and Luxembourgish authors of the fantastic literary genre are invited to Luxembourg for a script pitching session of their works to directors and representatives of local studios. The goal is to bring together accomplished literary authors and directors as well as producers looking to purchase and develop scripts.
LES IMAGINALES d’Épinal
The project is co-organised by LES IMAGINALES d'Épinal, one of the largest French literary events of its kind. Founded in 2002 by the City of Épinal, the Imaginales festival is one of the first international expos of fantasy literature. Free and open to all, it is organised every year at the end of May in the Parc du Cours in Épinal. Each year, for four days, more than a hundred guests from various places (France, Europe, United States, etc.), writers and artists, authors of fantasy, science fiction, historical novels, fairy tales and legends, share their passion with a growing audience. More than 40,000 visitors came in 2019 to immerse themselves in these imaginary worlds, between exhibitions, conferences, literary cafés and magical and extraordinary surrounding events
A philosopher by training, passionate about history, mythology, storytelling and fantasy, Charlotte Bousquet is a multifaceted author. Nominated for the Prix du livre numérique 2012 chaired by Bernard Werber, she is one of the most prominent figures of the new generation of the French fantasy scene.
Historical fantasy writer, Fabien Ceruti developed six scenarios for the online game Neverwinter Nights between 2002 and 2007. He wrote the adventures of a mercenary, the Bastard of Kosigan, in a universe based on the real Middle Ages of Western Europe. The resounding success of these stories encouraged him to embark on writing this saga.
Jean-Laurent del Socorro
A passionate reader before becoming an author, Jean-Laurent Del Socorro published his first novel, Royaume de vent et de colères with publisher ActuSF, a historical fantasy story set in Marseille during the Wars of Religion.
After taking acting lessons, screenwriting for several short films and doing some acting, Estelle Faye decided to turn to writing.
A former French, history and geography teacher from the Haute-Saône region, Johan Heliot is an author of imaginary literature. After foraying into steampunk territory, he in turn won over professionals, critics and then readers. He will present his Ciel cycle at the Luxembourg City Film Festival.
Katia Lanero Zamora
Currently a writing consultant at RTBF in the fiction series unit, Katia Lanero Zamora started writing science fiction in 2012.
Lauded by critics and other renowned authors (Ayerdhal, Jean-Philippe Jaworski, Justine Niogret ...) since his first work, the Belgian writer Stefan Platteau is best known for Les Sentiers des Astres and has become an important voice of French-language fantasy.
After a scientific career and a doctoral thesis in mechanical engineering, Floriane Soulas decided to realise her childhood dream and began actively writing in 2013. She will present her novel Rouille at the Luxembourg City Film Festival.
Passionate about fantasy, eager for literary escapes and supernatural adventures, Estelle Vagner only recently started writing with the Kayla Marchal trilogy, which she will present at the Luxembourg City Film Festival.
Luc FrançoisLuc François released his book Vulture City in 2017. Its story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where people are forced to use a drug in order to be able to control their thoughts. It follows two siblings who try to flee Vulture City to join what they call "paradise", the city of Ikaria. Jean BürleskJean Bürlesk received the Prix d'Encouragement of the Fondation Servais in Luxembourg for his short stories collection The Pleasure of Drowning. This first book will be published in March 2020 by Luna Press Publishing. He is inspired by well-known fairy tales and legends and manages to give them a contemporary twist through a very enjoyable sense of humor.