ARTE EDITORIAL GUIDELINES - page 59

TÉLÉFILM / FERNSEHFILM
PRIME TIME
GOAL AND PURPOSE OF THE SLOT
For this time slot, ARTE will introduce a selection of the finest German and French television
film productions, as well as outstanding television films from other European countries and, in
exceptional cases, from countries outside of Europe. The films will predominantly be television
premieres – particularly ARTE co-productions.
SELECTION CRITERIA
The television films place a strong emphasis on heavily emotional stories – while keeping a
broad diversity of topics in mind. The films are told in linear and credible fashion, and encourage
identification. Viewers rediscover their own concerns, dreams and desires in these films.
Therefore the films should be accessible and comprehensible to every viewer, without
presupposing any insider knowledge.
The television films understand their role as intelligent entertainment; they take the viewers
seriously and challenge them by questioning prejudices and clichés. They are explosive and
relevant. The fact that these films can frequently be assigned to popular genres (comedy, crime
story, adventure film, thriller, romance) in no way precludes narrative subtleties and personal
cinematic signatures.
If possible, viewer accessibility should be fostered through a prominent cast of characters. The
films, primarily individual works, and, to a lesser extent, multi-part series, are usually around 90
minutes long.
CONNECTING/DISTINGUISHING FACTORS TO OTHER SLOTS
In the case of a two-part film, the second half will be broadcast directly in the following television
film slot.
LENGTH AND BROADCAST
Normal length: 90 minutes; other formats are possible in exceptional cases (2x 90’, 3x 90’, 3x
52’ or 3x 60’)
Prime time
Principally the French original or dubbed version will be shown in France; while the German
original or dubbed version will be shown in Germany.
ARTE GEIE UNIT: FILMS, DRAMA & SERIES
SLOT CODE:
302
1...,49,50,51,52,53,54,55,56,57,58 60,61,62,63,64,65,66,67,68,...69
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