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C21 Digital Screenings: Theme Festivals


Theme Festivals

Distributors have seen a boom in demand for finished programming, as buyers still look for alternatives to fill holes in their schedules. Leading players have seen during the pandemic a level playing field for distributors by enabling shows to reach platforms they may have failed to reach before.

Buyers are being more experimental in the shows that they buy, and as they lose original commissions are looking more broadly at content from tape that they can put into their schedules. To keep supporting the demand for finished tape programming, C21 Digital Screenings is continuing on with a series of genre-focused Theme Festivals for 2021, which will carry on running every two weeks on the world’s leading online programme market.

For 2021 these festivals will shine a light on the best acquired programming from global suppliers in the most popular genres.

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View all of 2020’s Theme Festivals here.

The full Theme Festival schedule is published below.


Latin American Programming

January 18 – January 31
Latin American programming has always got audiences gripped to the drama and suspense. This Theme Festival takes a look at the best of the best, drama and telenovelas Latin America has to offer, and also takes a look at how Latin American programming keeps building its reputation as a source of unscripted formats too.


Kids Programming

February 1 – February 14
Programming for children remains a vital ingredient of the most successful schedules. This festival takes a look at alternative kids programming from around the world.


Documentary Television

February 15 – February 28
We uncover the most compelling documentary television available from global suppliers to help channels keep it real.


True Crime & Investigation

March 1 – March 14
Everyone loves true crime and investigation series. We take a look at some of the biggest brands in this area of programming to uncover series that can deliver audiences for broadcasters looking for support in this area of the schedule.


Factual Entertainment

March 15 – March 28
We take a close look at the best factual entertainment shows from around the world that can be added to schedules to build audiences.


Comedy Drama

March 29 – April 11
We all love to laugh out loud! We dive into best of best comedy drama suppliers have to offer that make audiences feel good time and time again.



April 12 – April 25
You can’t keep a good gameshow down. This festival gathers together a selection of top-notch finished tape gameshows to bolster the schedule, along with new gameshow formats to look out for too.



April 26 – May 9
Sitcoms have been one of the most effective replacement genres for channels looking to refresh schedules. We take a look at what’s on offer from the world’s leading suppliers.


Biographical Documentaries

May 10 – May 23
Influential people have an impact on our lives today. Audiences love a good life story so we take a look at the inspiring people who has made such an impact for audiences to relate.


Non-English Language Drama

May 24 – June 6
Non-English-language drama has moved beyond noire to provide a stylish alternative for audiences who now have a voracious appetite for subtitled drama. This festival shines a light on some of the most distinguished shows on offer from international suppliers.


Lifestyle Programming: Health and Wellbeing

June 7 – June 20 (coming soon)
Submission deadline: June 2
We need to look after ourselves now more than ever. In this current climate there is a huge demand for health and wellbeing content, and buyers are building their programming catalogues to fit this audience requirement.


Lifestyle Programming: Travel & Adventure

June 21 – July 4
While viewers may not be able to travel in the current climate, they still demand to be entertained with shows that take them there. This Theme Festival collates the best on offer from international suppliers for buyers looking to build more adventurous schedules.


Teen Programming

July 5 – July 18
Teen audiences are looking to be entertained as much of life is put on hold. This theme festival gathers together a raft of teen shows that will keep the young-adult audience entertained.


Holiday Programming

July 19 – August 1
Planning for the Christmas Holiday schedules are underway, as this is always in exciting time for audiences. We collate a wide variety of programming that can be acquired to bolster schedules towards the end of the year.


TV Movies

August 2 – August 15
TV movies and MOWs are a flexible solution to fill slots previously planned to carry drama series. This Theme Festival takes a look at the TV movie and independent film catalogues from global suppliers.


Sports Television

August 16 – August 29
Putting a spotlight on sports this Theme Festival takes a look at the top sports content from around the world.


Classic Film and Drama Series Franchises

August 30 – September 12
Audiences love a good binge watch. We take a look at some of the most successful series and classic films that suppliers have to offer which will keep your audience glued to their screens.


Reality Television

September 13 – September 26
We take a look at what reality television has to offer from leading suppliers. Which keeps audiences hooked time and time again.


Nature Documentary

September 27 – October 10
With many wonders and sights all around the world, nature documentary allows audiences to discover the world we live in directly from their TV screens.


Cuisine Programming

October 11 – October 24
Cooking shows remains a stalwart of successful schedules. We take a look at some of the most successful franchises that provide sustenance to viewers from around the world.


Animation Programming

October 25 – November 7 (coming soon)
Submission deadline: October 20
This festival discovers what animation has to offer around the world.


International Drama

November 8 – December 5 (coming soon)
Submission deadline: November 3
We take a look at the best of the best when it comes to International Drama. This festival shines a light on some of the most distinguished shows on offer from international suppliers.


Sci-fi and Horror

December 6 – December 19 (coming soon)
Submission deadline: December 1
Designed to help audiences carry on screaming and dreaming, we enter the sci-fi and horror dimension to help buyers populate slots that appeal to audiences worldwide.