Frankfurter Buchmesse Focus Film @THE ARTS+


THE ARTS+ unites VIPs and creatives, bringing them all together at Focus: Film. Frankfurter Buchmesse is proud to host the players and stars of the film, game and new media industries under the motto “A book is a film is a game”. The programme of Focus: Film covers the trends and developments of audio-visual storytelling.


Who and what has the power to attract the masses? 2018 featured stars like Swedish author Thomas Engström, and speakers like Frank Thelen, Jiajia Fei and Galit Ariel. Other fascinating highlights included the “Make a change: female leadership in the digital age” panel and the “West of Liberty” case study in cooperation with Berlinale Co-Production Market. What are the highlights of 2019? Keep reading.



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Creative Energies join Forces. THE ARTS+ and B3

This cooperation releases creative energy benefiting local artists and everyone working in the media. The B3 Biennial of the Moving Image links major components of its programme to THE ARTS+. Last year, for example, more than 800 000 people were inspired by the main exhibition located at the heart of THE ARTS+ area. With the local and international media buzz from this and similar features, THE ARTS+ cannot be missed.

A Book is a Film is a Game

Under the motto “A book is a film is a game”, the Focus: Film Networking Day will take place during THE ARTS+ and be the meeting spot for experts from the world of books, films, games and new media. A diverse specialist programme provides insight into the respective markets and is committed to the adaptation of literary works and the cross-media co-production business.

The programme focuses on trends and developments in audio-visual storytelling and is tailored to the needs of film and television producers, new media experts such as VR, AR or mixed reality professionals and game representatives as well as agents, rights and licensing managers from the publishing industry.

In addition to inspiring keynotes, panels and case studies, the programme offers matchmaking sessions and a pitching event.

As soon as the current programme for THE ARTS + is known, you will find it here.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

Verleihung des Buchmesse Film Awards

With the aim of honouring outstanding adaptation projects and demonstrating the potential of cross-media use, Frankfurter Buchmesse initiated the Film Award for the Best International Literary Adaptation in 2004.

The prize is awarded in two film categories

  • Best International Literary Adaptation
  • Best International Adaptation for Children or Young Adults

A third category was introduced in 2018 in cooperation with the Motovun Group of International Publishers (MGIP):

  • Best Illustrated Book on Film

Since 2016, the winners have been selected by Juergen Boos (President of Frankfurter Buchmesse) with the support of an advisory board consisting of international film and media experts.

In 2019, the Awards Ceremony will take place as part of the B3 BEN Awards on Saturday evening (19 Oct 2019) in the Pavilion of the book fair. The three awards are not endowed. Previous winners include Tom Ford (2016), Todd Haynes (2015), Anton Corbijn (2014), the couple Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma (2013), Stephen Daldry (2012) and producer David Heyman (2011).


Your Way to the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award

Step 1: open call for submissions

This year’s open call for film adaptations will end 15 July 2019 (30 May 2019 for Book on Film).

Step 2: pre-selection

Frankfurter Buchmesse will take care of the pre-selection process and shortlist 3-5 films, movies or series for the final decision. (In the category “Book on Film”, 10-12 preselected books will be presented to the MGIP Jury).

Step 3: selection of the winners

The selection of the winner will be made by Juergen Boos, President of Frankfurter Buchmesse, with the support of the advisory board. (The best Illustrated Book on Film will be selected at the annual MGIP meeting).

What is the timing for the literary adaptation 2019?

Open call: 15 July 2019
Short list: end of July
Final decision: end of August
Announcement: early September
Award show: 19 October 2019

What is the timing for the illustrated book 2019?

Open call: 30 May 2019
Short list: end of June
Final decision: end of July
Announcement: early September
Award show: 19 October 2019

Criteria for film selection

The film, movie or series:
- is an outstanding adaptation of the original book,
- re-creates the atmosphere of the original into a distinct and original film or series,
- respectfully transforms both, story and characters into the medium film.
Film or series must be scheduled for a theatrical and/or digital platform release during calendar year 2019 or not later than April19th 2020. The release can be through a theatrical releasing entity or by direct or self-distribution by filmmakers, either in an exclusively theatrical release or day and date with digital plat- forms or VOD release.

Criteria for book selection

The award is given in recognition of original book concepts, and honours a compelling adaptation into book form of a film-related subject.
The submitted books may not have been published before August 2018 and must be in stock.

Register now for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award

The Film Advisory Board

The Film Advisory Board was initiated in 2016 and consists of seven international film and media experts. The members have various tasks: They advise Frankfurter Buchmesse with regard to current and coming film activities, act as ambassadors of Frankfurter Buchmesse’s film activities and support Jürgen Boos, President of Frankfurter Buchmesse, in selecting the winner of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award.

The Members of the Film Advisory Board

Frederic Boyer

Frederic Boyer

Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival and Artistic Director Les Arcs European Film Festival

Artistic Director Tribeca Film Festival and Artistic Director Les Arcs European Film Festival

Frederic Boyer created Videosphere in 1994, a video store dedicated to the Arthouse cinéma and actually the largest in Europe. He was in the Director’s Fortnight Committee as programmer since 2003, with a special attention to these territories: US, UK, Australia, East Countries and Scandinavia. He was the Artistic Director for the Director’s Fortnight in 2010 and 2011. He is the Artistic Director of the European Film Festival in Les Arcs held each year in December. He is the actual artistic director of the Tribeca Film Festival since 2011.

beat Glur

Beat Glur

Music and Film Critic, Festival Advisor

Music and Film Critic, Festival Advisor

Beat Glur was the editor in chief of the cultural news department of the Swiss News Agency for 16 years. Since 2008 he works as a freelance journalist, moderator and adviser, writing for daily newspapers and magazines. Beat Glur was a programmer for the film festivals in Rotterdam, Berlin and Locarno, selecting films from German speaking territories as well as Scandinavia.

He was a member of the Swiss Film Commission, the governmental advisory board for film, and of the cultural commission of Suissimage, the Swiss author rights association. Until 2011, Beat Glur was the president of the Swiss Film Critic’s Organization (SVFJ), the Swiss section of Fipresci, and is since its Managing Director.

He is the press spokesman of the Zurich Film Festival as well as the Visions du Réel in Nyon. He is on the board of the Robert Walser Society in Bern and a member of two reading societies.

Ellen Harrington

Ellen M. Harrington

Director Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Director Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum

Ellen M. Harrington has been director of the Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt since January 2018. Previously, she was Director of Exhibitions and Collections, and Museum Collections Curator for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

Ms. Harrington also worked at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, where she was Director of Exhibitions, Public Film Programs and International Outreach during a period of twenty years, curating or organizing over 80 exhibitions, and producing more than 500 film events worldwide.

She has worked for Creative Artists Agency, Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Productions at Warner Bros., and the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater. She holds an M.A. in Cinema Studies and Comparative Literature from New York University (NYU) and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Art History from Dartmouth College.

Ulrich Höcherl

Ulrich Höcherl

Editor-in-Chief Blickpunkt:Film and Managing Director Blickpunkt:Film GmbH

Editor-in-Chief Blickpunkt:Film and Managing Director Blickpunkt:Film GmbH

Ulrich Höcherl (b. 1957) is now for more than 25 years Editor-in-Chief of the weekly German trade paper Blickpunkt:Film, the leading German magazine on the movie business, and its website He ist also Managing Director of the newly formed Blickpunkt:Film GmbH, which is a subsidiary of Busch Business Media and member of the media conglomerate Busch Group.

Rajendra Roy

Rajendra Roy

The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Rajendra Roy joined the Department of Film at The Museum of Modern Art as Chief Curator in July 2007. Among the many exhibitions he has organized are the first museum retrospective of the films of Mike Nichols, and the blockbuster exhibition Tim Burton, which toured internationally.

He co-authored the publication The Berlin School. Films from the Berliner Schule and co-curated the accompanying exhibition. He is also co-chair of the selection committee for New Directors/New Films, presented annually with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Signe Zeilich-Jensen

Signe Zeilich-Jensen

Film Commissioner at The Netherlands Film Fund; Member of Advisory Board Film at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Film Commissioner at The Netherlands Film Fund; Member of Advisory Board Film at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Signe Zeilich-Jensen is feature film film commissioner at the Netherlands Film Fund, the national agency responsible for supporting film production and film related activities in the Netherlands. Signe has been active in children’s film and media since 1990 when she moved to Amsterdam from her home country Sweden.

She started her career at the film and television producer Bos Bros and has experience as a buyer and commissioning editor at the Dutch public broadcaster KRO and Nickelodeon Benelux. Signe also worked as a programmer at the children’s film and media festival Cinekid and more recently as the head of Holland Film Meeting, a coproduction platform for European art house film at the Netherlands Film Festival.

Leo Barraclough

Leo Barraclough

International Features Editor, Variety Magazine

International Features Editor, Variety Magazine

Leo Barraclough is senior international correspondent for Variety, based in London. He covers the film and TV industry in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, and Central and Eastern Europe. 


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