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THE ARTS+ Focus: Film

 

 

THE ARTS+ brings together decision-makers from the fields of film, gaming, media and books under the motto "A Book is a Film is a Game" and creates new synergies in audiovisual storytelling. A book can be adapted for theatre, as television series, as a video game, for audio and the most popular medium, film.

New platforms and screens, which create innovative business models far beyond the established content revenue stream of book-film-merchandising, create a high demand for original content, and even classic literary adaptations are experiencing a renaissance with the rise of streaming services.

For over 17 years now, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has been initiating and supporting this cross-media exchange all year round. With pitching and matchmaking events, networking sessions, conferences, talks, workshops, study tours and cooperation with leading international industry events and institutions. In addition to the traditional Books at Berlinale event, the highlight is the annual Focus: Film event as part of THE ARTS+.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Advisory Board Film with international film and media experts supports our team and also forms the jury for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards. In addition to the extensive and long-standing cooperation with the Berlin International Film Festival, the Frankfurter Buchmesse supports publishers and agents at the Festival du Cannes and TIFF–Toronto International Film Festival, for example in the context of the guest of honour appearance.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards have been chosen: "I'm Thinking of Ending Things", "Unorthodox", "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit" and "French New Wave". Special Mention goes to "Antigone" by Sophie Deraspe. Appearance of Maria Schrader, Charlie Kaufman and Caroline Link in the livestream award ceremony.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards were presented prior to the fair, on 9 October as part of the B3 BEN Awards.

The evening was moderated by Jo Schück, host of the ZDF TV show "aspekte Kulturjournal". The laudatory speeches for the winners were held by Ellen Harrington, Head of the Advisory Board Film, Beat Glur and Margret Albers. The B3 BEN Awards have also honoured Willem Dafoe as "Most Influential Artist" for his life's work and Anne Imhof as "Most Important Artist".

The prize were awarded in three categories

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

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

  • Best Illustrated Book on Film

The three prizes are not endowed.

In the categorie "Best Literary Adaptation"
In the category "Best Literary Adaptation", the film "I'm Thinking of Ending Things" – based on the novel by Iain Reid – by Charlie Kaufman is being awarded. Kaufman wrote the script, directed and produced the film.

In the categorie "Best Literary Adaptation Series"
The mini-series "Unorthodox" by Maria Schrader (based on the book by Deborah Feldman, screenplay written by Anna Winger and Alexa Karolinski) wins in the category "Best Literary Adaptation Series". This category is being awarded for the first time this year to highlight not only novel adaptations but also the best serial adaptation of a literary work.

Maria Schrader has just received an Emmy Primetime Award in the category Best Director of a Miniseries, making her the first German director ever to be nominated and awarded an Emmy.

A special mention goes to the production "Antigone" by director Sophie Deraspe. The Canadian film is a very free adaptation of the ancient play by Sophocles and was awarded Best Canadian Film at its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. Sophie Deraspe interprets the ancient story – set in the immigrant milieu of today's Montreal – as a woman's search for justice.

In the categorie "Best Adaptation for Children or Young Adults"
The award for "Best Adaptation for Children or Young Adults" goes to Caroline Link and her film "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit".

Kategorie "Best Illustrated Book on Film"
The Motovun Group of International Publishers (MGIP) awards the prize in the category "Best Illustrated Book on Film" to "French New Wave" (published by Reel Art Press, 2019). The book celebrates the French New Wave film genre in an extraordinary way by creating a compelling collage of film posters, biographies of artists, photographers and designers.

All finalists will be invited to take part in the ICMA Award–the International Creative Media Award–which will take place following Frankfurter Buchmesse, in November.

The Film Advisory Board 2020

The Film Advisory Board was initiated in 2016 and consists currently of nine 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 Juergen Boos, President of Frankfurter Buchmesse, in selecting the winner of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award.

The Members of the Film Advisory Board

Margret Albers

Margret Albers

President, European Children's Film Association

President, European Children's Film Association

Margret is president of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) since 2017 and project manager at the German Children’s Film Association (Academy for Children's Media, Outstanding Films for Children, Formats from Thuringia).
From 1996 to 2016 she has been CEO of the German Children's Media Foundation GOLDENER SPATZ and director of the Media Festival of the same name.
Margret is a regular member of various juries (e.g. Grimme Award), is giving lectures and works as a journalist.
She studied in Göttingen, Berkeley and Babelsberg and holds degrees in English and German Literature as well as in Media Studies. Her passion is the fantastic genres, the extraordinary and – of course – media for children.

Bobby Allen

Bobby Allen, Senior Vice President, Production, MUBI

Bobby Allen is the SVP of Production at MUBI, a curated subscription-based streaming service, theatrical distributor and producer.

Bobby Allen is the SVP of Production at MUBI, a curated subscription-based streaming service, theatrical distributor and producer.

MUBI also offers a film database, an editorial publication (Notebook), and, in select countries, a cinema-going app called MUBI GO.

Based out of MUBI’s global headquarters in London, Bobby leads the company’s production arm and is responsible for developing and producing MUBI’s films worldwide. Announced projects include: PORT AUTHORITY (directed by Danielle Lessovitz), FAREWELL AMOR (directed by Ekwa Msangi), MON LEGIONNAIRE (directed by Rachel Lang) and MANIAC COP (TV series from Nicolas Winding Refn).

With over 20 years in the global film and entertainment industry, prior to MUBI, Bobby was an independent film producer and VP of Sales and Acquisitions at Celluloid Dreams, Head of Production at MTV Films Europe and Head Of Acquisitions at Film Four. He has also held senior executive positions in international film sales and acquisitions at companies such as PolyGram Film International, Lionsgate, and Mayfair Entertainment.

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. 

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

Film Commissioner at The Netherlands Film Fund

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.

More film-events from Frankfurter Buchmesse

Books at Berlinale

Frankfurter Buchmesse goes Berlinale

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.

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 170 submissions from more than 30 countries, the number of applications in 2020 was further increased.

Next „Books at Berlinale" is planned for 15 February, 202.1

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 2021".

Cannes

Frankfurter Buchmesse goes Cannes 2021

The Festival de Cannes is one of the biggest meetings of the global film industry. For 2021, we would like to invite you to the 2021 edition of Shoot the Book!, taking place on 17 and 18 May 2021. The B2B event promotes book-to-film adaptations as part of the Cannes Marché du Film.

The Festival de Cannes is one of the biggest meetings of the global film industry. For 2021, we would like to invite you to the 2021 edition of Shoot the Book!, taking place on 17 and 18 May 2021. The B2B event promotes book-to-film adaptations as part of the Cannes Marché du Film.

Next year, networking events, individual matchmaking with film producers, pitching sessions and a masterclass are all planned to take place in Cannes again.

Publishers and literary agencies from Germany and from former and future Guest of Honour countries of the Frankfurter Buchmesse can apply for the Publishers' Tour, proposing two of their books. Participants receive accreditation for the Marché du Film, and will take part in networking events and matchmaking in the context of Shoot the Book! as well as an entry in the Shoot the Book! catalogue.

 To find out more or apply for participation please contact:  film@buchmesse.de, with reference “Shoot the Book! at Festival de Cannes 2021”.

Cannes

Frankfurter Buchmesse Publishers’ Tour Cannes 2020

Festival de Cannes is one of the most important international film festivals with a strong focus on fiction. And the Cannes Film Market helps to network producers, investors, publishers and film agencies all year long. In 2019, the Cannes Film Market had a record year with 12,527 participants from 121 countries.

Festival de Cannes is one of the most important international film festivals with a strong focus on fiction. And the Cannes Film Market helps to network producers, investors, publishers and film agencies all year long. In 2019, the Cannes Film Market had a record year with 12,527 participants from 121 countries.

The 73rd Cannes International Film Festival could not take place in May as planned due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the Marché du Film will take place virtually from 22 to 26 June 2020. The Marché du Film Online is designed to recreate the market place in Cannes, with digital events and virtual meetings that enable participants to network and do business. Together with its partners SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française) and the Institut Français, Frankfurter Buchmesse is giving 11 publishers and agencies from five countries extra visibility for their books at one of the world's most important film festivals.

The participants for the 2020 Publishers’ Tour to Cannes are as follows:

  • Agentur Kroll, Germany, Frank Kroll, Film rights agent

  • Alt autores Editorial, Spain, Beatriz Celaya, Literary agent

  • Elisabeth Ruge Agentur GmbH, Germany, Elisabeth Ruge, Founder and CEO

  • Guernica Editions, Canada, Anna van Valkenburg, Associate publisher
  • Loewe Verlag GmbH, Germany, Friederike Fuxen, Rights director

  • Oslo Literary Agency, Norway, Annette Orre, Rights director

  • Ravensburger Verlag GmbH, Germany, Florence Roux, Head of Foreign rights

  • Rowohlt Agentur für Medienrechte, Germany, Kristina Krombholz, Head of Rowohlt Medienagentur

  • S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Germany, Regine Eckel, Film rights

  • The Italian Literary Agency, Italy, Claire Sabatie Garat, Managing director and Partner

  • TOKYOPOP GmbH, Germany, Stu Levy, Founder


Shoot the Book! online Programme

  • Online Pitching sessions on 25 June 2020 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am
  • Online „Rendez-Vous“ with film producers on 25 June 2020 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Online Masterclass, Special Shoot the book ! TALK ON ADAPTATION on Friday 26 June from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm conducted by Ben Coll (Variety) with Ed Guiney (producer of The Lobster, Normal people and Conversation with Friends) on www.marchedufilm.online @Pavillon des Cinémas du Monde / Institut français
     

Links

Rights Catalogue Shoot the Book! Rendez-Vous
Shoot the Book!
Marché du Film

What are we offering?

  • Accreditation for Cannes Film Market
  • Participation in the two-day “Shoot the Book!” programme
  • Visibility for your content at one of the most important international film festivals
  • Marketing and PR coverage
  • Support and consultation with our film expert
  • And much more


Partners

"Shoot the Book!" – organised by SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française) and the Institut Français – is a special opportunity to present selected books with high screen-adaptation potential to an audience of international film producers. Frankfurter Buchmesse has been involved in the event since 2017 and organised a first Publishers' Tour in 2019. In 2020, the tour is supported for the first time by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Interested in future Publishers’ Tours?
We're happy to help via e-mail (film@buchmesse.de) or telephone (+ 49 69 2102 6167).

Friedrich Liechtenstein auf dem Cannes Event der FBM

Frankfurter Buchmesse Lunch @Cannes Film Festival

For many years, the Frankfurt Book Fair Networking Lunch in the garden of Le Grand Hotel Cannes directly on the Croisette has been an exclusive meeting place for international publishers, producers, agents, directors, artists, as well as representatives of media houses and industry associations.

For many years, the Frankfurt Book Fair Networking Lunch in the garden of Le Grand Hotel Cannes directly on the Croisette has been an exclusive meeting place for international publishers, producers, agents, directors, artists, as well as representatives of media houses and industry associations.

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.

Due to the Corona Pandemic, the 73rd Cannes International Film Festival could not take place as usual and so the Frankfurt Book Fair lunch was cancelled. However, some formats, such as 'Shoot the Book' as part of the Book Fair's Publishers' Tour, took place online as a virtual format in the online edition of the Marché du Film at the end of June 2020.

To learn more about how you can participate or propose a participant, please contact: film@buchmesse.de, with reference “FBM Lunch @Cannes 2021”

THE ARTS+

Opportunities for new partnerships in the book-to-film business