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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 2022, which will carry on running every two weeks on the world’s leading online programme market.

For 2022 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.

View all of 2021’s Theme Festivals here.

The full Theme Festival schedule is published below.


Kids Programming

January 17 – January 30
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.


Non-English Language Drama

February 14 – February 27
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.


Documentary Television

March 14 – March 27
We uncover the most compelling documentary television available from global suppliers to help channels keep it real.


Factual Entertainment

April 11 – April 24
We take a close look at the best factual entertainment shows from around the world that can be added to schedules to build audiences.


True Crime and Investigation

May 16 – May 29
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.


Lifestyle: Travel and Adventure

June 13 – June 26
There is still a huge appetite for viewers to be entertained with shows that take them all around the world. This Theme Festival collates the best on offer from international suppliers for buyers looking to build more adventurous schedules.


Lifestyle: Food and Drink

July 11 – July 24
Food and drink 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.


TV Movies

August 15 – August 28
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.


Nature Documentary

September 12 – September 25
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.


Animation Programming

October 10 – October 23
This festival discovers what animation has to offer around the world.


International Drama

November 14 – November 27
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.



December 12 – December 25
Enter the Supernatural world to help buyers populate slots that appeal to audiences worldwide.