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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

Call for entries until 28 August 2020

Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards 2019

On 9 October 2020, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards will be awarded with the aim of honouring outstanding adaptation projects and demonstrating the potential of cross-media exploitation.

The prize will be 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.

Please submit your proposal by using the following forms

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Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards Application form Best Literary Adaptation (Children or Young Adults)

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Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards Application form Best illustrated book on film

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Criteria for the fim selection

The movie, film or the series ...

  • is an excellent adaptation of the original book
  • recreates the atmosphere of the original in an independent and original film or series
  • the story as well as the characters have been respectfully transformed

Criteria for the book selection

The prize is awarded in recognition of original book concepts and honours a convincing adaptation of a film-related topic in book form.
To participate, please fill out the entry form and send it with the relevant files to film@buchmesse.de.

The closing date for entries is August 28, 2020.

Please also send us an e-mail if you would like to nominate a feature film, series or television production whose rights do not necessarily belong to you. If you have any questions, please contact Bettina Back (back@buchmesse.de).

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award will be awarded in Frankfurt on 9 October 2020 as part of the B3 BEN Award of the Biennial of the Moving Image.

Previous Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award winners in the category film include Hans Petter Moland for "Out Stealing Horses" (2019), Daniel Alfredson for the film adaptation of Håkan Nesser's "INTRIGO- Death of an Author" (2018), "Isabel Coixet for "The Bookshop" and Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord for "Zombillenium" (2017) Tom Ford with "Nocturnal Animals" (2016) and Claude Barras with "Ma Vie de Courgette" (2016), Todd Haynes with "Carol" (2015), "A Most Wanted Man" by Anton Corbijn (2014), the couple Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma (2013), Stephen Daldry (2012) and the producer David Heyman (2011). The first prize winner was François Dupeyron with "Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran" (2004).

The Film Advisory Board 2020

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 Juergen 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

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": 15 February, 2021

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

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

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 2021”

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