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Book, film and games industries come together at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Frankfurt, 3 October 2017 - Members of the book, film and games industries will meet on the Thursday of the Book Fair (12 October 2017) when the "A Book is a Film is a Game" networking day takes place once again. Successfully launched last year for the first time, this schedule of panel discussions, workshops, matchmaking sessions and networking opportunities will take place in a number of different venues across the fairgrounds. It is aimed at film and games producers, and at rights managers of publishing houses. All events require registration: in a new window). Registration is free of charge.

Industry Talks
10.30-11.30 am
Room Apropos – Hall 3.C West
Taking place in the morning session will be a panel discussion looking at the relationship between a book author and a script writer. Expert speakers will be debating this sometimes tricky co-operation. Moderator will be Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Managing Director of In Good Company GmbH.

Lunch & Pitch
12.15-2.15 pm
THE ARTS+ Salon – Hall 4.1 P 109
Pitching is one of the daily tasks undertaken by rights managers and literary agents, who frequently pitch book titles to sell translation rights worldwide. But how do you pitch for a feature film, or for a VR video game? How difficult is the process and how different is it from the usual system? In the workshop’s first pitching session “based on a true story”, presented by Initiative Film, five books with strong potential for film / VR project adaptation will be presented giving valuable insights into the world of films and games, and how to create new business opportunities. Selected books include "From Beirut to Brandenburg - Dr. Ballouz' Journey" by Amin Ballouz and "The Invisible Difference" by Julie Dachez & Mademoiselle Caroline. In the second pitching session 5 case studies from the Kids & YA sector will be presented.
Following each of the pitching sessions there will be an opportunity for the rights holders and film producers to get together to discuss which books might possibly end up on the big screen.

Workshop : "How to pitch for a film or a game?"
2.15-3.00 pm
THE ARTS+ Salon - Hall 4.1 P 109
Methodology & Presentation: Hakim Mao (Initiative Film)
Pitching is a tool and the daily task of rights managers & literary agents, who frequently pitch to sell the translation rights worldwide.
But how to pitch for a feature film or a VR video game?

Special Screening "ELLE"
2.00-4.15 pm
ARD Cinema – Hall Forum, Floor 0 A1
Award-winning movie "Elle" by director Paul Verhoeven (2016) with Isabelle Huppert based on the novel "Oh..." by Philippe Djian. "Elle" won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The movie is shown in French with German subtitles.

Matchmaking Sessions – (Only with invitation)
3.00-6.00 pm
Room Consens – Hall 4.C
In the afternoon there will be an exciting opportunity, via prescheduled meetings, for rights holders to meet 15 film producers to discuss the screen potential of key books on their lists. There will be five producers from France, five from the Netherlands, and five from Germany.

Networking Cocktail
5.30-7.00 pm
THE ARTS+ Runway – Hall 4.1 P 53
The networking day will conclude with a cocktail session where rights holders and producers will be able to share information about their markets and discuss the potential of cross-genre adaptations.

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Partners of “A Book is a Film is a Game” are the French Embassy, the French Cultural Institute Germany, Unifrance, SCELF, the Dutch Embassy in Germany, the Netherlands Film Fund, and the Dutch Foundation for Literature.

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About the Frankfurter Buchmesse

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,150 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 278,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and approximately 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers - in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurter Buchmesse offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association. in a new window)

Contact for the media:

Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications: +49 (0) 69 2102-138, in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Director Communications, +49 (0) 69 2102-170, in a new window)

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