The winners from Series Mania Lille/Hauts-de-France were presented tonight during the closing ceremony at Nouveau Siegle in Lille, France. The international competition ran from April 27 through this evening, honoring the cream of contemporary drama series.

Leading the way was The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which won the Audience Award as the crowd favorite among new titles screening their first series, with votes collected after each screening.  The series was created and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (USA), with production by Picrow and Amazon Studios. Its France broadcaster is Amazon Prime Video

The international jury, presided by Chris Brancato and composed of Maria Feldman, Maria Schrader, Clovis Cornillac and Pierre Lemaitre, gave four awards among the 10 series presented in world premiere.

The Grand Prize went to On The Spectrum, created by Dana Idisis and Yuval Shafferman (Israel), with direction by Yuval Shafferman and production from Sumayoko Mtd. The jury called it “a superb, funny, touching and deeply humanistic portrayal of the disabled people and those who love and care for them.”

The Jury’s Special Prize went to Il Miracolo, created by Niccolò Ammaniti (Italy), with direction by Ammaniti, Francesco Munzi and Lucio Pellegrini and production from Sky, Wildside, ARTE France and Kwaï . The Italia broadcaster was Sky, while the France and Germany broadcaster was Arte. The jury said it was Deeply intelligent and thought-provoking, this drama manages to find complexity in every level of society it examines.”

Best Actress honors went to Anna Mikhalkova, who won for her role in An Ordinary Woman. The daughter of  Oscar-winning Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov and the subject of an award-winning feature documentary, Mikhalkova’s series was created by Valery Fedorovich and Evgeny Nikishov (Russia), with direction from Boris Khlebnikov and production by Look Film, TV3 Channel, 1,2,3 Production. The Russia broadcaster was TV3 Channel.

The jury called her acting  A sensitive and nuanced performance of a strong woman who constantly has to repress her most private feelings to survive in a corrupted society.”The Best Actor award was given to Tommaso Ragno for Il Miracolo, which called his performance A surprising and rigorous performance that rings with truth about temptation and human nature while brilliantly defying our expectations at every turn.”

Other award winners:

FRANCE COMPETITION

Best Series: AD VITAM
Created by Thomas Cailley and Sebastien Mounier
Direction: Thomas Cailley – Production: Kelija (Katia Raïs), ARTE France – France and Germany broadcaster: Arte
A word from the jury: “We were really impressed by this highly original idea, which is very well realised. This ‘future noir’ series has a lot to say about the world we live in today, especially the conflict between the old and the young.”

Best actress: Anne CHARRIER (Maman a tort)
Based on the book by Michel Bussi – Adaptation: Veronique Lecharpy
Direction: François Velle – Production: MFP, France Televisions, Pictanovo – France broadcaster: France 2
A word from the jury: “This was a very strong year for female roles, which made this decision particularly hard. But we really admired the performance of Anne Charrier who brings an unexpected complexity and humanity to the role of the police chief.”

Best actor (tie): Bryan MARCIANO (Vingt-cinq)
Created and directed by Bryan Marciano
Executive production: Eliph Productions – Coproduced by Frenchkiss – Produced by Jobi, Besbar – France broadcaster: OCS

Roschdy ZEM (Aux Animaux la guerre)
Based in the novel by Nicolas Mathieu – Adaptation: Alain Tasma and Nicolas Mathieu
Direction: Alain Tasma – Production: EuropaCorp Television – France broadcaster: France 3

A word from the jury: “This prize is shared between two excellent performances in two very different, but equally captivating series. What they have in common is a real vulnerability and rare depth. “

INTERNATIONAL PANORAMA
Awarded by a jury of bloggers: Alexandra Anderson (CineSerie), Elodie Lewkowicz (Sur nos ecrans), Eleonore Prieur (VL), Sebastien Touchon (Les Showrunners), Karin Tshidimba (La loi des series).

Best series: KIRI
Created by Jack Thorne (UK)
Direction: Euros Lyn – Production: Toby Bentley, The Forge in association with Hulu, USA – UK broadcaster: Channel 4

SHORT FORMS COMPETITION
Awarded by an international jury: Simon Bouisson (director of Wei or Die), Philippe Buchet (producer, Productions au Clair de Lune), Sophie Côté (director of ICI Tou.tv) and Sophie Deloche (producer, Astharté & Compagnie).

Best Short Form Series: FIRST LOVE
Created by Adi Tishrai (France, USA)
Direction: Jonathan Cohen-Berry and Anthony Jorge – Production: CG Cinéma International and Blackpills – France broadcaster: Blackpills

High schoolers’prize: KIKI AND KITTY
Created by Nakkiah Lui (Australia)
Direction: Catriona McKenzie – Production: Porchlight Film – Australia broadcaster: ABC TV

COMEDY MARATHON

Awarded by students attending the Comedy Marathon at Sebastopol Theatre

Students’prize : KIKI AND KITTY
Created by Nakkiah Lui (Australia)
Direction: Catriona McKenzie – Production: Porchlight Film – Australia broadcaster: ABC TV