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THE ARTS+/B3 Focus: Film

 

For over 16 years the Frankfurter Buchmesse has been initiating and supporting active exchange between the publishing industry and the film business throughout the year. Activities include the world of games and new media as new platforms and screens are creating new business models far beyond the established content-revenue stream of book-film-merchandising.

 

 

The annual highlight is the Focus: Film Day and the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards at Frankfurter Buchmesse / THE ARTS+. In 2019 for the first time THE ARTS+ joined forces with the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, embracing 3.000 sqm of extra exhibition, and top-notch events and talks focusing film, art, media and technology.

 

This years edition of Fokus: Film took place at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019

Focus: Film Networking Day 2019

Under the motto "A book is a film is a game", the Focus: Film Networking Day offers a varied specialist program providing insights into respective markets, adaptation of literary works, and cross-media co-production business. This year more than 180 registered participants - producers, directors, screenwriters, literary agents, licensing experts or publishers - joined panels, pitchings, workshops, case-studies, networking and matchmaking sessions.

Pouya Shahbazian, producer (Cannes-Jury-Winner ‘American Honey’ 2016), adaptation scout, Head of Film and Television at New Leaf Media gave insights on how to navigate the Hollywood adaptation business. Oscar-winning producer Quirin Berg (The Live of Others, DARK, Never Look Away), SONY’s Director of Content Development and best-seller author Pier Nirandara or the SVP of Licensing International Marty Brochstein addressed the rapid changes of the industry through streaming and the rise of series. Multi-awarded Norwegian director Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland and producer Turid Øversveen spoke on the adaptation of Per Petterson’s bestseller “Out Stealing Horses” while a pitching session and curated matchmaking fueled future book to film adaptations.

Pitching event: Books on Revolution 2019

One of the highlights of the annual Focus: Film Networking Day at the Frankfurter Buchmesse / THE ARTS+ is the book pitching event in cooperation with SCELF / Institute Français. Following the 2019 Frankfurter Buchmesse CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION campaign, nine “books on revolution / revolutionary books appropriate for adaptation” have been selected from the many applications. They were presented by their authors, agents or publishers in a moderated pitch with coach and author Syd Atlas. 

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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.

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The Film Advisory Board 2019

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 blickpunktfilm.de. 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. 

More film-events from Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019

Books at Berlinale

Frankfurter Buchmesse goes Berlinale

Books at Berlinale / February 24, 2020

Twelve extraordinary books, which are suitable for literary film adaptations, are presented annually at Books at Berlinale, and can be discovered by film producers within the framework of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The rights owners present the material in pitching sessions, followed by a get-together where film producers can talk to the rights owners, publishers and agents.

Books at Berlinale / February 24, 2020

Twelve extraordinary books, which are suitable for literary film adaptations, are presented annually at Books at Berlinale, and can be discovered by film producers within the framework of the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The rights owners present the material in pitching sessions, followed by a get-together where film producers can talk to the rights owners, publishers and agents.

Since 2006, the event has taken place in cooperation between the Berlin International Film Festival and Frankfurter Buchmesse and has established itself as a one of the most important meeting places for publishers, agents and producers. With about 160 submissions from more than 30 countries, the number of applications in 2019 was further increased.

Next „Books at Berlinale": February 24, 2020

More infos: www.efm-berlinale.de

Networking Dinner @Berlinale

Also during Berlin International Film Festival, Frankfurter Buchmesse Networking Dinner @Berlinale takes place. By personal invitation by Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, around 20 guests -  including producers, publishers, actors, authors, festival directors, film critics, representatives of media houses and the Book Fair's guest of honor countries -  gather to exchange and network at this seated dinner in a popular Berlin restaurant. 

To learn more about how you can participate or propose a participant, please contact: film@buchmesse.de, with reference "FBM Dinner @Berlinale 2020".

Cannes

FBM goes Cannes

Publishing Tour Cannes / May 18-19, 2020

The 72nd Cannes International Film Festival took place from 14 to 25 May 2019. For the first time Frankfurter Buchmesse organized a Publishers' Tour Cannes: Six publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the countries of future guests of honor were invited to this two-day tour.

Publishing Tour Cannes / May 18-19, 2020

The 72nd Cannes International Film Festival took place from 14 to 25 May 2019. For the first time Frankfurter Buchmesse organized a Publishers' Tour Cannes: Six publishers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as the countries of future guests of honor were invited to this two-day tour.

In addition to accreditation for the Marché du Film, the program included two networking lunches, a Marché du Film Tour and Master Class on the subject of 'Financing Adaptations' as well as an invitation to the pitching session. The offer also includes access to the film festival's online platform and an exhibitor table at the B2B event Shoot the Book! Rendez-Vous, where publishers and agents meet producers.

Next publishing tour is May 18th - 19th 2020.
To learn more about how you can participate or propose a participant, please contact: film@buchmesse.de, with reference “Frankfurter Buchmesse Publishers’ Tour Cannes 2020”.

Shoot the book! - Since 2017, Frankfurter Buchmesse has been participating in the event format "Shoot the Book! - organized by SCELF and the Institut Français, in collaboration with Marché du Film and the Festival de Cannes. For the first time, SCELF and the Institut Français (with Marché du Film and Festival de Cannes) did also organising a new event in 2019: Shoot the Book! Rendez-Vous. This event is intended to complement the traditional pitching session and aims to establish an international audiovisual rights market at the film festivals. Here, experts from the French and international book industry are expected to be deepen their exchange. A limited number of tables will be reserved for the delegation invited by the Frankfurter Buchmesse.  

To find out more or apply for participation please contact:  film@buchmesse.de, with reference “Shoot the Book! at Festival de Cannes 2020”.

Friedrich Liechtenstein auf dem Cannes Event der FBM

Frankfurter Buchmesse Lunch @Cannes Film Festival

Frankfurter Buchmesse Lunch @Cannes Film Festival / May 18, 2020

For many years, Frankfurter Buchmesse Networking Lunch in the gardens of Le Grand Hotel Cannes has been an exclusive meeting place for international publishers, producers, artists, media professionals and representatives of media houses and industry institutions.

Frankfurter Buchmesse Lunch @Cannes Film Festival / May 18, 2020

For many years, Frankfurter Buchmesse Networking Lunch in the gardens of Le Grand Hotel Cannes has been an exclusive meeting place for international publishers, producers, artists, media professionals and representatives of media houses and industry institutions.

By personal invitation of Juergen Boos, 25-30 guests gather annually to exchange views on current trends and make new contacts in the Mediterranean hot spot directly on the Croisette.

Next Lunch @Cannes: May 18,  2020

To learn more about how you can participate or propose a participant, please contact: film@buchmesse.de, with reference “FBM Lunch @Cannes 2020”

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