Quais du Polar’s professional section

Since 2014, Quais du Polar has created and is developing Polar Connection, a specific segment dedicated to professionals at the heart of the festival.

A dedicated time and space

Polar Connection offers the opportunity to  French and international professionals of the book, cinema, broadcasting, digital and transmedia sectors to meet to celebrate the attractiveness and vitality of crime fiction literature and crime fiction genre. Round-tables, BtoB meetings and friendly encounters are usually part of the event.

Professionals have the opportunity to meet and to exchange:

  • around a programme of round-tables, focus, master classes,
  • around its “Digital Innovation Corner”,
  • 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 can extend their contacts during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Festival and in a dedicated area at the Professional Encounters the rest of the week-end.

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Find the Polar Connection programme of last year.

The Polar en Séries Prize

With SCELF’s support and for the seventh year, the Polar en Séries prize will award a detective novel or a French thriller for its potentiel for adaptation in TV series.

The 2021 edition will be an edition of change. Indeed this year, the announcement of the prizewinner will take place in Paris, in April. It will provide an opportunity for professionals from the book and film industry to share a special moment together and also to meet after those long and difficult months, that were especially hard on the cultural sector.

The final selection  is composed of  6 books, chosen from more than 60 publications by the pre-selection committee. The committee is composed of members of Quais du Polar, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Initiative Film, key partners, as well as screenwriters and students from la CinéFabrique de Lyon.

This year’s six shortlisted books are :

  • Au bal des absents de Catherine Dufour (Seuil – 2020)
  • Clown à tuer d’Eldiablo et Niro (Dupuis – 2020)
  • Du bleu dans la nuit de Jean-Charles Chapuzet (Marchialy – 2020)
  • L’ange rouge de François Médéline (La Manufacture de livres – 2020)
  • Le Silence de Clara Wight de Valérie Saubade (Anne Carrière – 2018)
  • Leur âme au diable de Marin Ledun (Gallimard – 2021)

Among those 6 finalists, our jury, composed of film industry, book and audiovisual professionals, is in charge of deciding the prizewinner. The prize will reward the publication that will inspire the best TV show adaptation.

Here is our jury for the 2021 Polar en Séries edition :

  • Michel ABOUCHAHLA, président d’Écran Total ;
  • Emmanuel DAUCÉ, scénariste, producteur, Tétra Média ;
  • Carole LE BERRE, conseillère de programmes, unité Fiction, France Télévision ;
  • Véra PELTEKIAN, responsable de projet Fiction, en charge des relations avec les talents, Canal Plus ;
  • Perrine QUENNESSON, journaliste, critique Cinéma et Séries ;
  • Nicolas SAADA, réalisateur et scénariste ;
  • Thomas SAIGNES, producteur, responsable de l’International Cinétévé ;
  • Séverine WERBA, scénariste ;

Polar en Séries 2020

A booklet presents the final selection and the winner of the 2020 edition. Discover it in both English and French versions.

The 2020 presentation of the Polar en Séries Award took place virtually and was recorded remotely. You can listen to it as a podcast.

A year of polar as seen by booksellers

For many years now, during the Quais du Polar festival, of which Page des Libraires is a partner, Page booksellers have been hosting meetings, drawing up panoramas, and offering to share their passion and experience, as well as their favourites. The major trends, established authors or new voices, the titles they recommend and those they sell. All year round they read on proofs, give their opinion on new releases, write articles and conduct interviews.
Once again this year, together with Page des Libraires and the Institut français, we have decided to give booksellers a voice with the special edition Un an de polar vu par les libraires 2019-2020, a year of articles, as many leads and tools. A panorama to be compiled, completed, commented on.
An opportunity to bring these voices beyond borders to all those involved in the book trade abroad on the richness of French literature, as well as to audiovisual professionals for whom literary news can be a choice material in the field of adaptations.


You will soon find this panorama in English and French versions.

Page, the review of books read & advised by booksellers, sheds light on literary news throughout the year. This real medium for sharing books is an opportunity for many people to share their desire to read. To discover it, click here. If you prefer to subscribe, it’s this way.


Accreditations are closed from the time being. 

Accreditation at Polar Connection includes:

  • access to the round tables and masterclass on Friday, July 2nd,
  • access to the Polar Connection Café professional area;
  • the extension à la carte of Saturday (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.

See you in 2021 for the next edition of Polar Connection!
To contact us : polarconnection@quaisdupolar.com