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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, 16. till 19. October.

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.

Speakers and Program of the Fokus: Film Networking Day 2019

Please register here if you wish to attend
 

Friday, 18 October: FOCUS FILM NETWORKING DAY

09:30- 10:45

Guided Tour Frankfurter Buchmesse Focus Film, B3 Biennale & THE ARTS

Meeting-Point: THE ARTS+ Info Counter

11:00-13:00

Meet & Match. Invitation only

Curated matchmaking in cooperation with Berlinale Co-Production Market

12:30-13:15

WOMEN - The Revolution has begun?

Marvel with a first female superhero, the new 007 a woman – the dawn of a revolution? Have the initiatives of the past few years to empower women working within the media industry, from TV, film, online, print, music, and everything in between, led to a revolution yet?

  • Grace Glowicki, Director, Actress and Producer, “Her Friend Adam”, “Cardinals” and “Tito” (featured at B3), USA
  • Turid Øversveen, Producer & Partner 4 1/2 Fiksion, “Out Stealing Horses” (featured at B3), Norway
  • Pier Nirandara, Director of Development, International Content at Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Entertainment, USA
  • Signe Pahle, Producer & CEO Athene Fiction (Norway)
  • Sanam Gharagozlou, International Marketing Manager at MUBI, UK
  • Nicole Ackermann, Chair of the Board WIFT International, Founder & Managing Director Mouna Film & Media Studios, GER

In cooperation with Bücherfrauen, WIFT, ProQuote Film and B3 Biennial of the Moving Image

13:15-14:00

Focus: Film Networking Lunch

Co-hosted by Bücherfrauen and Erich Pommer Institut: shift|F - Innovation- and Changemanagement for Women in Media-Business 

14:00-14:45

Book-Pitching “From Book to Screen”.

Eight revolutionary books appropriate for adaptation will be pitched to producers.

  • Syd Atlas (Moderator) Coach, Speaker, Author, GER/ USA

In cooperation with Institut Français and SCELF

15:00-15:30

Beyond TV and Film: the Ins and Outs of Licensing Content for Consumer Products and Events

Do you have a big-picture strategy to license your content beyond the book? Get fundamental insights into strategies and tactics to maximize exposure of your licensed book. TV, film and streaming platforms are just the beginning.

  • Marty Brochstein, Senior Vice President Industry Relations & Information, Licensing International, USA
  • Erin Cox, Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Literary Agent, US Publicist Publishing Perspective, USA

Workshop by Licensing International

15:30-16:00

Navigating Hollywood Book-To-Film Adaptations. Lecture and Workshop.

The film & television marketplace is undergoing rapid changes as streaming companies, major networks and studios, and other new and traditional distributors are ferociously competing for new content in order to win the battle for viewers around the world. A great deal of the battle for new content is being waged for new intellectual property, most prominently books and other literary materials. While the demand for material is robust, navigation of the various opportunities available to filmmakers, writers, authors and producers requires a nuanced approach along with a deep understanding of the incentives and mandates the various players in the industry possess. This workshop will focus on the studio system and a primer on how to find the most efficient paths to production for literary properties within the Hollywood studio system.

  • Pouya Shabazian, Adaptation Scout, Producer (Cannes Jury Winner “American Honey”), Head of Film and Television at New Leaf Literary & Media, USA
16:00-16:15

Coffee Break

16:15-17:55

"Out Stealing Horses". Case study on the adaptation of the acclaimed bestseller.

Norway's candidate to the 2020 Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category is Hans Petter Moland’s “Out Stealing Horses”, based on the bestseller by Per Petterson, starring Stellan Skarsgård. Hans Petter Moland speaks on the adaptation of the drama about a man reflecting on a pivotal moment in his past. At Berlinale the film won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution and it will be the Opening Film of the B3 Biennale on Oct. 15th.

  • Hans Petter Moland, Film Director and Screenwriter, Norway
  • Syd Atlas (Moderator), Coach, Speaker, Author, GER/ USA

In cooperation with Norwegian Film Institut (Norway, Frankfurter Buchmesse Guest of Honour 2019)

17:00-1800

Series and Streaming - Gamechangers of the industry?

The film & tv industry is seeing major changes as a result of the new streaming services and it's both creating opportunities, as well as changing viewing habits. How is the industry adapting to these rapid changes and the battle for new content? What is the impact of new market players and formats?

  • Quirin Berg, Producer and Managing Director, Wiedemann & Berg‚ “The Life of Others”, “DARK”, “Never Look Away”, GER
  • Pouya Shabazian, Producer “American Honey”, Adaptation Scout, Head of Film and Television, New Leaf Literary & Media, USA
  • Marty Brochstein, SVP Industry Relations & Information at Licensing International (LIMA), USA
  • Hans Petter Moland, Director “Out Stealing Horses”, Norway
  • Pier Nirandara, Director of Development International Content at Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Entertainment, USA
  • Erin Cox (Moderator), Senior Associate at Rob Weisbach Creative Management, Literary Agent, US Publicist Publishing Perspective, USA
18:00-19:00

Focus:Film Networking Reception

Hosted by Norwegian Film Institut (Norway, Frankfurter Buchmesse Guest of Honour 2019) and FFA - German Federal Film Board

 

Saturday, 19th October – FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE FILM AWARDS & B3 BEN AWARDS

20:00-21:30

Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards and B3 Ben Awards

@Frankfurt Pavilion (Agora)

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards / B3 BEN Awards are per invitation only. You can apply for a ticket with short info on your background and reference “Ticket Film Awards” to: film@buchmesse.de

21:30-01:00

After Party

@Business Club Frankfurter Buchmesse

Apply for the guest list with reference “Guest List After Party Film Awards” to: film@buchmesse.de

Erin Cox

Erin Cox

Literary Agent & Consultant, Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Erin L. Cox began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Former President George H. W. Bush, Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, and Maile Meloy. She went on to work in publicity at HarperCollins and as book publishing director at The New Yorker. 

Literary Agent & Consultant, Rob Weisbach Creative Management

Erin L. Cox began her career in book publishing in 1999 in the publicity department at Scribner, where she worked with New York Times bestselling authors Frank McCourt, Former President George H. W. Bush, Colm Toibin, Meg Wolitzer, and Maile Meloy. She went on to work in publicity at HarperCollins and as book publishing director at The New Yorker. 

For the last ten years, Erin has been a literary agent at Rob Weisbach Creative Management and a publicity and marketing consultant working with such organizations as Frankfurter Buchmesse, Oxford University Press, Publishing Perspectives, Festival Neue Literatur, and House of SpeakEasy.

Beat Glur

Beat Glur

Beat Glur was editor-in-chief of the cultural department of the Swiss Depeschenagentur SDA for 16 years. Since 2008 he has worked as a freelance journalist, presenter and consultant and has written articles for daily newspapers and magazines. He was a member of the programme commissions of the Rotterdam, Berlin and Locarno film festivals and was responsible for the selection of films from German-speaking and Scandinavian countries.

Beat Glur was editor-in-chief of the cultural department of the Swiss Depeschenagentur SDA for 16 years. Since 2008 he has worked as a freelance journalist, presenter and consultant and has written articles for daily newspapers and magazines. He was a member of the programme commissions of the Rotterdam, Berlin and Locarno film festivals and was responsible for the selection of films from German-speaking and Scandinavian countries.

He was a member of the Swiss Film Commission, the Swiss Government's Film Advisory Board, and the Cultural Commission of Suissimage, the Swiss Society for the Copyright of Audiovisual Works. Until 2011 Beat Glur was also President of the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ), the Swiss section of FIPRESCI, and has been its Managing Director ever since.

He is press spokesman for the documentary film festival Visions du Réel in Nyon and curates and presents a film programme with opera productions in Bern. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Walser Foundation in Bern and is involved in two private reading groups.

Marty Brochstein

Marty Brochstein

SVP Industry Relations and Information
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)

Marty Brochstein is responsible for LIMA’s information resources, as well as its educational efforts, such as the year-round webinar program, the extensive Licensing University seminar program that takes place each year in conjunction with the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and the Coursework in Licensing Studies (CLS) continuing education program for licensing professionals. He also oversees LIMA’s information operations, including the Inside Licensing news service and the LIMA NewsLinks headline service, and also coordinates LIMA’s industry research. He speaks regularly at conferences and seminars around the world on a wide range of licensing- and retail-related issues, writes regularly on licensing topics, and is widely quoted on issues related to licensing, marketing and branding.

SVP Industry Relations and Information
International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA)

Marty Brochstein is responsible for LIMA’s information resources, as well as its educational efforts, such as the year-round webinar program, the extensive Licensing University seminar program that takes place each year in conjunction with the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, and the Coursework in Licensing Studies (CLS) continuing education program for licensing professionals. He also oversees LIMA’s information operations, including the Inside Licensing news service and the LIMA NewsLinks headline service, and also coordinates LIMA’s industry research. He speaks regularly at conferences and seminars around the world on a wide range of licensing- and retail-related issues, writes regularly on licensing topics, and is widely quoted on issues related to licensing, marketing and branding.

He joined LIMA in 2008 after 12 years as Executive Editor of The Licensing Letter, a New York-based newsletter that covers the global licensing business. He also was Editorial Director of the parent publishing company, EPM Communications. In addition to writing and editing the twice-monthly newsletter, he also compiled the publication’s industry numbers and edited EPM’s other licensing-related publications, including International Licensing: A Status Report, and The Licensing Letter’s Sports Licensing Report.

Brochstein was a business journalist for more than 30 years, primarily covering the consumer products and retail industries. Before joining The Licensing Letter, he spent five years as Senior Editor of Television Digest and founding editor of Consumer Multimedia Report. He also has been editor of several publications in the consumer electronics and retail fields. He is a graduate of Boston University.

Pier Nirandara

Pier Nirandara

Film Executive & Author, Sony Columbia Pictures

Pier Nirandara is a film executive at Sony Columbia Pictures with a focus on international content for US adaptation. Prior to that, she represented book to film rights at ICM Partners, where she helped set up numerous film and TV projects across the industry. Pier began her career as Thailand’s youngest author when her first novel, “The Mermaid Apprentices,” was published at age 15 to commercial and critical success. As Brand Ambassador for the Bangkok Metropolitan/UNESCO, she has spoken at TEDx events, schools, and literary festivals. Pier serves as a judge for writing competitions, is a recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award, and has been shortlisted for the ASEAN Young Writers Award. Her works have sold over 100,000 copies in multiple languages.
 
As a passionate solo traveler and underwater photographer, Pier has also visited over 80 countries across 7 continents, scuba diving in many of them. She hopes to use her experience with storytelling to bring attention to fragile ecosystems and marine wildlife.

Film Executive & Author, Sony Columbia Pictures

Pier Nirandara is a film executive at Sony Columbia Pictures with a focus on international content for US adaptation. Prior to that, she represented book to film rights at ICM Partners, where she helped set up numerous film and TV projects across the industry. Pier began her career as Thailand’s youngest author when her first novel, “The Mermaid Apprentices,” was published at age 15 to commercial and critical success. As Brand Ambassador for the Bangkok Metropolitan/UNESCO, she has spoken at TEDx events, schools, and literary festivals. Pier serves as a judge for writing competitions, is a recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award, and has been shortlisted for the ASEAN Young Writers Award. Her works have sold over 100,000 copies in multiple languages.
 
As a passionate solo traveler and underwater photographer, Pier has also visited over 80 countries across 7 continents, scuba diving in many of them. She hopes to use her experience with storytelling to bring attention to fragile ecosystems and marine wildlife.

As Brand Ambassador for the Bangkok Metropolitan/UNESCO, she has spoken at TEDx events, schools, and literary festivals. Pier serves as a judge for writing competitions, is a recipient of the Outstanding Youth Award, and has been shortlisted for the ASEAN Young Writers Award. Her works have sold over 100,000 copies in multiple languages.
 
As a passionate solo traveler and underwater photographer, Pier has also visited over 80 countries across 7 continents, scuba diving in many of them. She hopes to use her experience with storytelling to bring attention to fragile ecosystems and marine wildlife.

Pouya Shabazian

Pouya Shabazian

Film Producer

BAFTA-nominated film producer Pouya Shahbazian heads up New Leaf’s film & television division. His entertainment experience includes the representation of screenwriters, authors, and playwrights as well as the development and production of film, TV, and literary projects. 

Film Producer

BAFTA-nominated film producer Pouya Shahbazian heads up New Leaf’s film & television division. His entertainment experience includes the representation of screenwriters, authors, and playwrights as well as the development and production of film, TV, and literary projects. 

Current projects in production include Leigh Bardugo's SHADOW & BONE series for Netflix, the LOVE, SIMON spin-off series for Disney+, followed by a number of other New York Times-bestsellers on the development slate at numerous studios, networks, and streaming platforms. 

Quirin Berg

Quirin Berg

Producer

Already back in high school, Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann shared their passion for film. Graduating at HFF Munich, University for Television and Film in 2003, they founded Wiedemann & Berg Film, followed by their TV company W&B Television in 2010. The combination of cinema and TV, the focus on high-quality and commercial projects, pioneering spirit, a great team and the early collaboration with outstanding creative people have made Wiedemann & Berg one of the most successful production houses in Germany.

Producer

Already back in high school, Quirin Berg and Max Wiedemann shared their passion for film. Graduating at HFF Munich, University for Television and Film in 2003, they founded Wiedemann & Berg Film, followed by their TV company W&B Television in 2010. The combination of cinema and TV, the focus on high-quality and commercial projects, pioneering spirit, a great team and the early collaboration with outstanding creative people have made Wiedemann & Berg one of the most successful production houses in Germany.

Their first feature “The Lives of Others”, the directing debut of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, was awarded an Oscar® for best foreign language film in 2006 and “Never Look Away” received two Academy Award nominations in 2018. The company has successfully produced box office hits, such as Baran bo Odar’s hacking thriller “Who am I” and, amongst others, Simon Verhoeven’s comedy “Welcome to Germany”, with almost 3.9 million tickets sold the most successful German movie release in 2016. Their fifth collaboration with Simon Verhoeven, “Nightlife”, will be in theaters February 2020.

Their wide scope of TV projects includes not only television feature films and series for all major German broadcasters but also highly acclaimed and internationally awarded mini-series such as „German History X“ and „Line of Separation“, event films and prime time shows. The focus on their role as pioneering producers reflects in having produced the first German Pay-TV series for TNT Series/Turner Broadcasting followed by “4 Blocks”, which already achieved cult status. The third and final season of “4 Blocks” will air in fall 2019. Wiedemann & Berg furthermore produced the first German Netflix Original series “DARK” and “Pagan Peak”, one of the first series for Sky Germany. Moreover, “Tribes of Europa”, another German Netflix Original series is in the works.

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Signe Pahle

Cinematographer, NISS and The Norwegian Filmschool

Signe Pahle is educated as a cinematographer at NISS and The Norwegian Filmschool. After working in production in the camera department for many years, she switched over to financing as CEO of Filmfond Nord, and lately as a production advisor at Viken Filmsenter.

Cinematographer, NISS and The Norwegian Filmschool

Signe Pahle is educated as a cinematographer at NISS and The Norwegian Filmschool. After working in production in the camera department for many years, she switched over to financing as CEO of Filmfond Nord, and lately as a production advisor at Viken Filmsenter.

She was one of the initiators of WIFT Norway back in 2004 and was on the board for almost twelve years. Pahle has additionally been a board member and deputy head in The Norwegian Film Workers Association. Currently she is a producer and CEO of her own, brand new production company, Athene Fiction.

Syd Atlas

Syd Atlas

Coach

With over a decade of coaching experience, Syd believes that the greatest key to connecting with audiences is being authentic. She enjoys witnessing people be courageous, step out of their comfort zone, and seek the feedback that will help them perform at a higher level.

Syd is a certified coach and an Ivy League graduate with a degree in theater and communications.

Coach

With over a decade of coaching experience, Syd believes that the greatest key to connecting with audiences is being authentic. She enjoys witnessing people be courageous, step out of their comfort zone, and seek the feedback that will help them perform at a higher level.

Syd is a certified coach and an Ivy League graduate with a degree in theater and communications.

She has provided executive coaching to CEOs and high-level managers at Fortune 100 companies, in sectors ranging from social media to more traditional industries such as healthcare, pharma, and power and gas. She has coached speakers in preparation for talks at major conferences, as well as TEDx. She is also a keynote speaker, most recently at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) and at the Frankfurt Book Fair for Story Drive Asia in China.

As a documentary filmmaker, Syd’s first film premiered at the Berlinale, where she also moderates the yearly pitch forum called Books at Berlinale. Hailing from Brooklyn, Syd has made Berlin her home for over 20 years. She is a runner who has completed the Berlin Marathon, a wannabe meditator, and the mother of two boys and two cats.

Grace Glowicki

Grace Glowicki

Film maker & Actor

In 2016, Grace was awarded a Sundance Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in HER FRIEND ADAM, and was later named a 2016 TIFF Rising Star.

Film maker & Actor

In 2016, Grace was awarded a Sundance Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance for her role in HER FRIEND ADAM, and was later named a 2016 TIFF Rising Star.

She has co-created or co-starred in films which have played at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Tribeca & more. TITO, playing in the official film and competition program of B3 and also shown at the fair ground during Frankfurt Book Fair, is her feature-length directorial debut.

Hans Peter Moland Filmtag

Hans Petter Moland

Film Director

After recieving his education at Emerson College in Boston and graduating in 1978, Hans Petter Moland went on to direct commercials before turning to feature films.

Film Director

After recieving his education at Emerson College in Boston and graduating in 1978, Hans Petter Moland went on to direct commercials before turning to feature films.

His debut was the WWII-drama The Last Lieutenant (1993), based on a true story from Nazi Germany’s attack on Norway in 1940. His work has won many awards, including the Silver Bear for Out Stealing Horses at the Berlinale 2019.

Sanam Gharagozlou

Sanam Gharagozlou

International Marketing Manager MUBI & Producer

While at MUBI she has been responsible for distribution of film releases, press, and partnerships with the likes of the Royal Academy, Serpentine Galleries, among others.

International Marketing Manager MUBI & Producer

While at MUBI she has been responsible for distribution of film releases, press, and partnerships with the likes of the Royal Academy, Serpentine Galleries, among others.

In 2018 Sanam Gharagozlou produced her first short film, "Ben Rivers' Trees Down Here".

Turid Øversveen

Turid Øversveen

Producer

Turid Øversveen founded 4 1⁄2 Film in 1998 with three partners, and is today one of the leading producers in the company. Turid has through the years produced several feature films such as Pål Sletaune’s BABYCALL starring Noomi Rapace, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY with Liv Ullmann, the box office success NEXT DOOR by Pål Sletaune as well as two of director Sara Johnsen’s films, ALL THAT MATTERS IS PAST and FRAMING MOM.

Producer

Turid Øversveen founded 4 1⁄2 Film in 1998 with three partners, and is today one of the leading producers in the company. Turid has through the years produced several feature films such as Pål Sletaune’s BABYCALL starring Noomi Rapace, THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY with Liv Ullmann, the box office success NEXT DOOR by Pål Sletaune as well as two of director Sara Johnsen’s films, ALL THAT MATTERS IS PAST and FRAMING MOM.

Acclaimed international producers has co-produced Turid’s films, such as Match Factory and Pandora Film (Germany), Nimbus Film, Zentropa and Vibeke Windeløv (Denmark), Memfis Film and B-Reel (Sweden).
Turid has co-produced several films with Danish director Lars von Trier’s company Zentropa, such as von Trier’s DOGVILLE starring Nicole Kidman, and Per Fly’s INHERITANCE and MANSLAUGHTER.

This year’s OUT STEALING HORSES is her first film with director/screenwriter Hans Petter Moland. The film is Norway’s candidate for the Oscar’s 2019.

Nicole Ackermann

Nicole Ackermann

Managing Partner Mouna Film & Media Studios

Nicole Ackermann is an internationally well-known expert in film content production and distribution (fiction/non-fiction). She holds a diploma degree in Economics (Dipl-Oec.) from University of Hohenheim, serves in her third term as chair of the board of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Germany. Since 2018 she is also member of the board of WIFT International.

Managing Partner Mouna Film & Media Studios

Nicole Ackermann is an internationally well-known expert in film content production and distribution (fiction/non-fiction). She holds a diploma degree in Economics (Dipl-Oec.) from University of Hohenheim, serves in her third term as chair of the board of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Germany. Since 2018 she is also member of the board of WIFT International.

Today, she leads Mouna’s strategy for product throughout its entire lifecycle across all divisions, focusing on structuring financing in production and distribution.
Throughout her career, she has also been longtime partner in a cinema chain, has built up one of the biggest independent theatrical distribution companies in Germany, and has acquired a 360°-perspective on the value-added chain of the entertainment business.

Pitching event: 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.

The shortlist of the eight pitching titles will be announced soon. For questions concerning participation in the networking day “A book is a film is a game”, please contact Bettina Back at film@buchmesse.de. The pitching event is organized in cooperation with SCELF and the Institute Français.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards

Verleihung des Buchmesse Film Awards

This year's winners will awarded on 19 October. 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 three 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).

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 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. 

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Frankfurter Buchmesse goes 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.

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

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 - 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 - 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: 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 - 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 - 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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