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Frankfurter Buchmesse Focus: Film @THE ARTS+


THE ARTS+ unites leaders and creatives from the film industry, bringing them all together at Focus: Film. Frankfurter Buchmesse is proud to host the most relevant decision makers -  from producers to agents and rights dealers - 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.

This years edition of Fokus: Film will take place at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019, October 16th till 19th.



Focus: Film Networking Day

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. This years's edition of Focus: Film Networking Day will take place on October 18th.

Call for Participation: Books on Revolution

On Friday, 18 October 2019, the Focus:Film networking day “A book is a film is a game” will take place at Frankfurter Buchmesse. One of the most important programme items is the pitching event, which is dedicated this year to “Books on Revolution / Revolutionary Books appropriate for adaptation”, in keeping with this year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse CREATE YOUR REVOLUTION campaign.


Until 3 September 2019, publishers, agencies and authors can submit their “revolutionary” books, suitable for adaptation to the screen. Eight titles will be selected for pitching on networking day, 18 October 2019.


The application documents are available in the link below. For questions concerning participation in the networking day “A book is a film is a game”, please contact Bettina Back at


The pitching event is organized in cooperation with SCELF and the Institute Français.

Click here for the submission form "Books on Revolution"

To open the submission form click on the red arrow, then the download link opens.

To open the submission form click on the red arrow, then the download link opens.

The closing date for submissions is 3 September 2019.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

Verleihung des Buchmesse Film Awards

This year's winners will awarded on October 19th. The Frankfurter Buchmesse had initiated Film Award for the Best International Literary Adaptation in 2004. The aim is honouring outstanding adaptation projects and demonstrating the potential of cross-media use.

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.

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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Frankfurter Buchmesse goes Berlinale

Books at Berlinale

Books at Berlinale Pitching Event
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

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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:, with reference "FBM Dinner @Berlinale 2020".

Frankfurt Buchmesse goes Cannes


Publishing Tour Cannes - 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 date is May 18th - 19th 2020. To learn more about how you can participate or propose a participant, please contact:, 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:, with reference “Shoot the Book! at Festival de Cannes 2020”.

Friedrich Liechtenstein auf dem Cannes Event der FBM

Frankfurter Buchmesse Lunch @Cannes Film Festival - 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:, with reference“FBM Lunch @Cannes 2020”

Speaker THE ARTS+

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.

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


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