Polar professional encounters:

Due to the health situation, Polar Connection, along with the Quais du Polar festival, could not take place in Lyon this year.

Digital valorization have been set up, some of which you will find below.

We look forward to seeing you in 2021 for new Polar Connection professional encounters.

Until then, take care of yourself!

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

Friday, April 3rd, professionals were supposed to meet for Polar Connection at the Palais de la Bourse. Due to the coronavirus, we keep the date, but let’s meet up online!

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.

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

  • around a programme 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 can extend their contacts during the Inauguration Ceremony of the Festival on Friday evening and in a dedicated area at the Professional Encounters on Saturday, April 4th.

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Round tables and master class

Here are the meetings and round tables, organized around 4 themes, which were planned before the announcement of the containment:

Cross-road of international publishers

  • How to spot an author’s international potential?

What makes a novel able to seduce a foreign public? According to what do international publishers decide that a novel deserves to be translated in their own language? The publishers from the other Americas enlighten us.
With Johanna Ingalls (Akashic Books, USA), Ana Estevan De Hériz (Tusquets, Spain), Annie Goulet (Héliotrope, Canada), Pierre Bisiou (Matin Calme, France)

Crime fiction and screen

  • Why so much polar genre?

The polar genre is very well represented in the current audiovisual landscape. What does this genre carry in terms of narration, production, programming, public’s interest?
With Véra Peltekian (Canal +), Isabelle Huige (Arte), Joachim de Vasselot (France Télévision), Jimmy Desmarais (Netflix)
Moderation: Perrine Quennesson (Canal Plus)

  • When author and film director collaborate to an adaptation’s scenario

The literary creations seem to be an unending source of inspiration for audiovisual productions, which leads to fruitful collaborations between the author and the director. Some of them came to share their experience with us.
With Dominik Moll (film director, screenwriter), Gilles Marchand (film director, screenwriter), Colin Niel (author), Hannelore Cayre (author)
Moderation: Joël Bouvier

  • “Polar en Séries” award

Publishers’ interview to present the 6 short-listed works and announcement of the 2020 winner.
With Delphine de La Panneterie (Flammarion), Patricia Roussel (Calmann-Lévy), Johanna Brock (Le Rouergue), Laurent Duvault (Dargaud), Delphine Clot (Bragelonne), Dorothée Cunéo and Frédérique Massart (Denoël)
Moderation: Isabelle Fauvel (Initiative Film)

  • Masterclass with Guillermo Arriaga

Guillermo Arriaga, guest of the festival for his new novel The Savage, meets the Polar Connection’s professionals. A good occasion to talk about his diverse experiences as a screenwriter, a film director, a novel author, and to share his reflexions about their specificities, their interests, their necessities.

Let’s talk about profession

  • The new forms of narration inspired from the real

From the news item to the literary object, polar authors are increasingly drawing on the real to create. Sometimes, they even immerse themselves in a police service in a quasi- journalistic approach. When reality surpasses fiction?
With Patricia Tourancheau (author, screenwriter), Gilles Marchand (film director, screenwriter), Pauline Guéna (author), Marielle Fieurgant (Ministry of the Interior), Juan José Martínez (author)
Moderation: Perrine Quennesson (Canal Plus)

  • Independent publishers, paperback collections: where are the seeker heads of the polar?

How much do publishing houses and paperback collections contribute to the emergence of new polar genre authors? What are their practicies, their collaborations and the synergies between them to spot, follow, publish their authors and participate in their recognition by the readers?
With Estelle Durand (Asphalte), Zoé Bellée (Le Livre de Poche), Camille Racine (Pocket)

Crime fiction universe and digital

  • The new influencers: how to integrate them in a novel’s promotion strategy?

The social media’s explosion created new communication modes. Numerous brands are already counting with the “influencers”, those persons followed by thousands of individuals on Instagram, YouTube… The book professionals are not an exception to this new rule.
With Éliette Lévy-Fleisch (La Martinière), Guillaume Teisseire (Babelio), Léa Guignery (literary influencer), Aurore Le Duc (literary influencer)

But also :

  • The PolarConnection Café will welcome you all day on Friday, April 3rd 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 will also welcome you during the 3rd with its innovative projects.
  • On Saturday, April 4th, we suggest to 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 programme of last year.

The Polar en Séries Prize

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

The pre-selection committee, composed by members of Quais du Polar, of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, of Initiative Film, our early partners; screenwriters from the CEEA (Conservatoire Européen des Écritures Audiovisuelles) and students of the CinéFabrique established, among 65 submissions from publishers, a selection of 6 finalists:

The jury met just before lockdown to deliberate. We thank them very much for their involvement:

  • Michel ABOUCHAHLA, president, Ecran Total
  • Joachim DE VASSELOT, programmes advisor, Fictions unit, France 2
  • Jimmy DESMARAIS, creative, Netflix
  • Gaia GUASTI, screenwriter, co-writer of Apnea (Arte), Séries Mania 2019’s winner of the best French series
  • Isabelle HUIGE, programmes manager, Arte
  • Dominique MOLL, director of the film Seules les bêtes, adaptation of the novel by Colin Niel, winner of the 2017 Polar en Séries prize
  • Véra PELTEKIAN, Fiction project supervisor, responsible for relations with talents, Canal Plus
  • Fanny RONDEAU, development manager, Elephant Story

A booklet presents the final selection and the winner from the point of view of their potential for serial adaptation and gives the contacts of the audiovisual rights managers. Discover it in both English and French versions (soon available).

The 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, April 3rd,
  • 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