Quais du Polar’s professional section

Join Polar Connection, the festival’s professional program, alongside Quais du Polar from Friday March 31st to Sunday April 2nd. During these 3 days, Polar Connection sets up a rallying point at the Palais de la Bourse for French and international professionals of the book, audiovisual, digital and cultural sectors, brought together by their interest for the detective fiction genre.

Don’t miss out on the 10th edition!

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A program of round-table discussions and workshops on the issues and current events of the detective novel with expert speakers, formal and informal meetings in a dedicated space conducive to networking, inspiration from the effervescence of the festival... Polar Connection has been designed as a toolbox to explore the full potential of the detective novel in the diversity of its forms and representations with :

  • a program around professional topics
  • a Polar Connection space dedicated to accredited participants
  • extra events tailored to the participants
  • a preferential access to the festival's meetings

Polar Connection is offering various events to accredited members so they can choose and shape their own festival at their‘s discretion and depending on their hobbies, questionings and needs.

A new four-hands crime fiction project is on the way for the 2023 edition. You can find the details of the 2022 four-hands crime fiction Terminus Leipzig on the "Festival abroad" page.


2023 Program in progress...

The program of Polar Connection is being developed, inspired by the themes and guests of the festival, trends among the actors of the detective novel genre, always looking to create ties to share experiences or initiate projects.

Polar Connection, always with an outlook on the international scene, will be exploring Spain, by welcoming Spanish book professionals and the protagonists of the new 4-handed detective story project, located between Barcelona and Lyon. Other international professionals, with the support of the French Institute, will take part in the various exchanges of Polar Connection.

Regarding Polar on screen, the Polar in series prize will distinguish, with the Scelf, a book for its potential of adaptation in series. The selection will be announced in early January. This theme will also give the floor to authors invited to the festival who have inspired outstanding series.

The program of the meetings will also be inspired by the current events in the genre and the professional issues of the book industry. Multiple formats such as workshops, pitch sessions, catalog or project presentations, allow the sharing of ideas and experiences. Not to mention the convivial moments that we hope to create in order to exchange ideas in a different way.

We are listening to all suggestions for topics, contributions or speakers.
Please contact us at polarconnection@quaisdupolar.com

2022 Program

You can find the pdf of the Polar Connection programme here


Registration is now open!

The Polar Connection accreditation includes:

  • access to the round-tables and meetings
  • access to the Polar Connection space for individual meetings, workshops and convivial times;
  • access to the Digital Hub presenting digital innovations;
  • a directory with the contacts of Polar Connection participants, given to you before the festival.
  • A buffet lunch on friday, reserved for the professionals (subject to sanitary restricitions)
  • the "Polar en séries" prize booklet
  • a welcome bag with publications from our partners
  • a selection of meetings from the festival with a cut-the-line pass all week-end

To contact us : polarconnection@quaisdupolar.com

Get your accreditation here!

The Polar en Séries Prize

With SCELF’s support, the Polar en Séries prize rewards a detective novel or a French thriller for its potential for adaptation in TV series.The prize was created to be integrated in professional meetings and encourage links between books and audiovisual content. The prize is based on a call for candidatures from publishing houses.

Find out the 2023 selection for the Polar en séries below!

You can find the 2022 Polar en séries booklet here

The award ceremony is a key moment of Polar Connection, it was held on Friday, April 1st, at the Chapelle de la Trinité.

The Winner 2022

The 2022 selection was presented at the Chapelle de la Trinité. For its 8th edition, the Polar en séries prize was awarded, by the jury, to Noémie Adenis for her first book, Le loup des ardents (Robert Laffont publishing).

Synopsis. This gripping behind closed door novel is set in a Sologne village of the 16th century cut from the world by winter and struck down by a mysterious and fatal disease. Le Loup des Ardents is a little wonder of amazing accomplishment. It is fascinating by its relentless machinery as much as by the richness of its themes. Here we are in Middle Ages that avoid clichés and easy options thanks to its deeply humane evocation. Noémie Adenis manages to perfectly run her plot while revealing complex multifaceted characters. It definitely has great potential for screen adaptation, for instance on the format of a mini-series of 4 or 6 episodes. It is a poignant human tragedy inhabited by powerful characters; this first novel is already a success as a novel. It is also a perfect ground for adaptation with characters, facts and promises that are waiting to be fulfilled. For a screenwriter, for a director, for a producer: nothing but happiness in perspective. For
readers, of course, and for future viewers: just as much


This year's six shortlisted books are :

Les Assiégés de Vincenzo Bizzarri et Stefano Nardella – Sarbacane, 2022
Collapsus de Thomas Bronnec – Gallimard, 2022
Polar Vert - Les algues assassines de Thierry Colombié – Éditions Milan, 2021
Les Portes étroites de Simon François – Éditions du Masque, 2022
Qui voit son sang de Élisa Vix – Éditions du Rouergue, 2022
Le sang de nos ennemis de Gérard Lecas – Éditions Rivages, 2023







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

Here was our jury for the 2023 Polar en Séries edition :

  • Michel ABOUCHAHLA, chairman of Écran Total;
  • Pierre Jacques BENICHOU, casting director;
  • Emma CASCALES, screenwriter;
  • Carole LE BERRE, program advisor for Fiction, France Télévision;
  • Xavier LEHERPEUR, journalist, film and TV series critic (France Inter);
  • Pierre MONNARD, film director;
  • Véra PELTEKIAN, vice president in charge of original french productions, HBO Max at WarnerMedia International;
  • Ivan SADIK, director of Fiction and producteur, StudioFact Stories

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 2021-2022, 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.

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.

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