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There is always something new to discover about the world’s largest content fair. Here is where you can find out more about current fair events and contests, as well as read relevant interviews with interesting people.

2021

  • Marie-Ève Thuot

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    "I believe that a successful film adaptation is one that manages to express in its own way what only the cinematic medium can reveal about the source material."

    Two of the ten books that were presented in to an audience of film producers at the first ever digital "Books at Berlinale" this year came from Canada, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021. In "The Confetti Flight Path" (La trajectoire des confettis) by Marie-Ève Thuot, generations of characters, trapped by social norms, successively test the limits of decency. We talked to her about the prospect of her book being adapted as a movie.

  • Nina Bunjevac

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    "This is something new to me, and I am quite a fan of new and unexpected things."

    Two of the ten books that were presented to an audience of film producers at the first ever digital "Books at Berlinale" this year came from Canada, the Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse 2021. Nina Bunjevac's graphic novel "Fatherland" depicts her family's history between Canada and Yugoslavia, her father's biography and her own search for him. We talked to her about the prospect of her book being adapted as a movie. 

  • Berlinale 2021_Frank Kroll

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    “Plot, characters, theme, conflicts, a special point of view or possibilities to identify with the protagonist – these are just a few things that can make a novel intriguing for a film adaptation”

    "Books at Berlinale" has been shining the spotlight on new publications and bestsellers as part of the Berlinale Co-production market – in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse – every year since 2006. To mark its 15th anniversary, the pitching event now took place online for the first time. Among the ten books that were selected for presentation to film producers was also the winning title of the German Book Prize 2020, "Epic Annette" by Anne Weber, represented by the Agentur Kroll. Before the event, we talked to agent Frank Kroll about his experience with the format and with literary adaptations in general.

  • Monica Wellmann

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    “Only products that are visible will find their way to customers.”

    We interviewed Dr Monica Wellmann how the book trade and game industry can benefit from closer cooperation when it comes to discoverability, and how they can expand their cross-selling activities.

  • Stephanie Lange

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    Reading Rationales

    Customer loyalty is like love: expectations must be fulfilled, otherwise there’s frustration instead of passion and book buyers start to bail. Every second book is currently a case of false advertising. Time for an interview about the new standard Reading Rationales with Stephanie Lange from MVB.

  • Scarlett Wisotzki Press Officer Spielwarenmesse eG

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    “The diversity of products must be experienced on site with all the senses.”

    In 2021, many trade fairs will continue to face the challenge of implementing hybrid approaches that combine in-person and digital venues. We spoke with Scarlett Wisotzki, press officer at Spielwarenmesse eG. She is responsible for communications at Spielwarenmesse, the Nuremberg-based trade fair for toys and games.

  • News

    International publishing community mourns the death of Lokman Slim

    Yesterday it was announced that Lebanese publisher Lokman Slim was found dead in his car on a road in Southern Lebanon, murdered by multiple shots to the head, according to police. Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse; Alexander Skipis, Managing Director of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association); and Juergen Horbach, Spokesman, Freedom of Speech Committee of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, commented on this as follows

  • Stefanie Perk

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    "Startups offer us fresh perspectives, unconventional ideas and a great potential for the future."

    Stefanie Perk is the project lead of CONTENTshift, an initiative by the Börsenverein Group which aims at promoting innovations, networking and cooperations between start-ups and established players in the publishing industry. We interviewed her about the programme and the next accelerator application phase in 2021.

  • Market Screenings at Avant Première

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    "Finding the right balance between linear and non-linear programmes"

    Sophie Schneider, Digital Cross Over Project Manager at IMZ, about Avant Première 2021 and trends, opportunities and challenges the film and content industries are facing with the end of "country by country" distribution and the rise of "all rights" deals.

  • Karol Górnowicz

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    With educational robots in the online bootcamp

    The German semi-final of the GESAwards - the world's largest EdTech startup competition - took place in October 2020. The partner was the Frankfurter Buchmesse as part of the Special Edition. We interviewed Karol Górnowicz, CEO of the Polish startup Skriware and winner of the semi-final.