Quais du Polar’s professional section

Since 2014, Polar Connection, Quais du Polar’s professional section, is developing its 6th edition at the heart of the festival.

A dedicated time and space

Friday, March 29th the sixth edition of Polar Connection at Palais de la Bourse!

For the sixth edition of Polar Connection,  French and international professionals of the book, cinema, broadcasting, digital and transmedia sectors meet to celebrate the attractiveness and vitality of crime fiction literature and crime fiction genre. Round-tables, BtoB meetings and friendly encounters will be part of the event!

The first floor of Palais de la Bourse will be dedicated to professionals’ encounters. Professionals will have the opportunity to meet and to exchange:

  • around a program of round-tables, focus, master classes,
  • in the Polar Connection Café, an area dedicated to networking and appointments,
  • around its “Digital Innovation Corner”,
  • during a lunch-buffet and during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Festival,
  • in the Grande Librairie-Big Crime Fiction Bookstore around our bookstores’ partners.

Thanks to the professionals’ directory released upstream, professionals will extend their contacts during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Festival on Friday evening and in a dedicated area at the Professional Encounters on Saturday.

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Round-tables, focus and master class

(Subject to change)

These encounters and round-tables, still under preparation, will be based on four topics:

  • Cross-road of International editor
    • 10:00 am – What role for foreign authors in the northern thriller countries?
      With the northern invited editors Aschehoug, Forlagid, Gyldendal, Lindhardt & Ringhof, Nilsson Förlag, Otava, Rosinante & Co., Wandel Cruse agency and the Göteborg Book Fair.
      Moderator: Nicolas Roche (BIEF).
    • 11:15 am – Spotlight on the Noir genre in Romania.
      Alexandru Arion (Crime Scene Press), Magdalena Marculescu (Trei), Bogdan Hrib (Tritonic), George Arion, Lucian-Dragos Bogdan, Bogdan Teodorescu (authors).
      Moderator: Marie Pannetier (Institut français of Bucarest).
  • Crime fiction and screen
    • 11:00 am – Do detective series have taken part in renewing the Noir genre in movies?
      Cédric Anger (screenwriter, filmmaker), Olivier Delbosc (Curiosa), Eric Libiot (L’Express), Stéphane Strano (De Caelis).
      Moderator: Vincent Raymond (Le Petit Bulletin).
    • 12:15 am – Award of the Polar en Séries Prize
      A pitch presentation of Polar en Séries’ selection followed by the announcement of the winner of the 2019 edition.
      With Nathalie Piaskowski (SCELF), Isabelle Fauvel (Initiative film), editors of the shortlisted books and prize’s jury members.
    • 04:15 pm – Work in progress: authors, editors, producers are sharing their experience in regarding adaptation on screen.
      Joey Faré (Scarlett Production), Léa Gabrié (Scarlett Production), Sophie Hénaff (author), Antoine Lacomblez (screenwriter), Judith Louis (L’Ile Clavel), François Médéline (author).
      Moderator: Vincent Raymond (Le Petit Bulletin).
    • Saturday, 30th at 12:00 am – Original work or adaptation: when northern authors take over TV series.
      Kristina Ohlsson, Michaël Hjörth and Hans Rosenfeldt (authors).
      Moderator: Pierre Krauze (Babelio).
  • Let’s talk about profession
    • 02:00 pm – When their reality inspires and meets fiction: creative dialogue between actors on the ground and writers.
      André Buffard (author), Fabrice Cotelle (SCPTS), Marine Francou (writing director) Franck Philippon (screenwriter, producer).
      Moderator: Isabelle Fauvel (Initiative Film).
    • 03:00 pm – A year of French thriller: an overview of trends and discoveries with Page des Libraires.
      Followed by French thrillers seen from abroad.
      With participants of the International Book Focus and Judith Roze (Institut français).
    • 04:00 pm – Authors’ and translators: which statu and what kind of help?
      Amran Warsama (CNL), Corinna Gepner (ATLF) and Joël Bouvier (ARALL).
  • Crime fiction universe and digital
    • 10:15 am – Podcast and the Noir genre: new and creative perspectives.
      Cyrielle Bédu (Louie media), Linda Fall (Marketing Podcast Consultant), Alexandre Mognol (Nouvelles Ecoutes), Véra Peltékian (Canal+).
      Moderator: Vincent Raymond (Le Petit Bulletin).

But also :

  • The Polar Connection Café welcome you all day on Friday, 29th for your individual appointments, either arranged in advance thanks to the Directory of participants or organised on-site through meetings.
  • The Corner des innovations numériques also welcomes you during the 29th with its innovative projects.
  • On Saturday the 30th of March, we suggest accredited professionals to extend their discussions in a dedicated place. A good opportunity to complete their BtoB meetings. An exclusive course to discover the Quais du Polar Festival and its cultural partners will also be proposed.

Find the Polar Connection program from 2018.

The Polar Connection program for 2019 is being developed. Subject to change.

The 2019 « Polar en Séries » prize

With SCELF’s support and for the fifth year, the Polar en Séries prize is awarded a detective novel or a French thriller for its specific qualities and its ability of being book-turned into TV series.

This “Polar en Séries” prize is initiated by Quais du Polar with SCELF’s support, the Institut français, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and Initiative Film. In partnership with Ecran Total, the CEEA and the Association des Critiques de Séries.

The “Polar en Séries” prize is awarded in public during Polar Connection. Just before the award ceremony, editors of the shortlisted books will have to do a pitch presentation of them. It assures to the winning book and to all selected books a certain highlighting. They are presented in a booklet published specifically for Quais du Polar, distributed to all participants of Polar Connection, translated into English for foreigners and then distributed via the various networks partner (to foreign publishers via the Institut Français, to producers via Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, the SCELF and Initiative Film). Furthermore, one author of the final selection will be offered to take part of the “Boulevard des series” operation; based in Los Angeles, these Franco-American encounters are dedicated to TV series and organised by the French Bureau des Industries Culturelles et Créatives, the SACD and the French Institut.

The authors exchange on specific issues regarding adaptation. The audiovisual rights managers of the publishing houses are invited to come and talk during these meetings with directors and programmers who will be present on site.

The pre-selection committee is composed by members from Quais du Polar, from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, from Initiative Film (our originals partners), scriptwriters from the CEEA (Conservatoire Européen des Écritures Audiovisuelles) and critics from the ACS (Association des Critiques de Séries). Among more than 70 submissions, this committee has the 6 finalists.

Click here to discover the nominated for the “Polar en Séries” Prize and its jury members!

Find the Polar en Séries booklet from 2018.


This month is your last chance if you want to join us for Polar Connection and to have the opportunity to figure in the Directory of participants. This directory will enable you to planify in advance the professionals you want to meet.

Accreditation at Polar Connection includes:

  • access to the round tables, focus and masterclass on Friday, March 29th,
  • access to the Polar Connection Café professional area;
  • the extension to the card of Saturday, April 7 (meeting space and special meetings pros);
  • access to the Digital Innovation Corner;
  • the directory of participants sent upstream of the event;
  • the buffet lunch reserved for professionals;
  • the invitation to the opening night of the festival;
  • the booklet of the “Polar en Series” prize;
  • easy access to festival meetings throughout the weekend.

Submitting my POLAR CONNECTION accreditation means that I agree that my contact information (email and phone number) can be given to all POLAR CONNECTION participants.

Accreditation withdrawal will be possible at your arrival at the Palais du Commerce on Friday, March 29th.

Polar Connection is restricted to book industry and video media professionals. Quais du Polar Team reserves the right to refuse submissions that do not fulfil these criteria and will then proceed in the refund.

If you prefer to pay by check, you can download the registration form.

Please send us your picture at polarconnection@quaisdupolar.com