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New prize honours best illustrated book on a film-related subject

Frankfurt, 9 May 2018 – Opulently illustrated biographies of actors, making-of chronicles, beautifully photographed volumes on set design, silent-era movie palaces, exotic costumes or breath-taking stunts – such books visually capture the magic moments that define cinema, making it possible to take a look behind the scenes. To recognise the many ways that publishing houses showcase the film industry’s achievements, this year the Frankfurter Buchmesse together with MGIP Motovun Group of International Publishers and THE ARTS+ will begin awarding a prize for the best illustrated book on a film-related subject.

The criteria for awarding the prize are originality of the underlying idea, outstanding design and production, and noteworthy adaptation of the content to book form. Nominated books must have been published after August 2016 and must still be in print. Publishing houses from any country may submit titles for consideration. The deadline for submissions is 8 June 2018. The jury will select a shortlist of five titles which will be announced at the end of August.

The prize is part of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards which will be given in three categories for the first time. Apart from the prize for the best illustrated book on a film-related subject, which will be presented by a jury member from Motovun Group, the Award for the Best International Literary Adaptation will be given in two categories: one for the adaptation of a literary work, the second for the adaptation of a book for children or young adults. The awards ceremony for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards will take place on Thursday, 11 October 2018, at THE ARTS+ event space.

Information for publishers

Please submit two copies of each nominated title along with the relevant information (related press release, PDF of your catalogue, or brief description) to:
Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH
attn: Bettina Back
Braubachstraße 16
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Deadline for submissions is 8 June 2018 (postmark). Please note that submitted books will not be returned. In case of questions, please contact Bettina Back (

The Frankfurter Buchmesse engages in a range of film-related activities: In 2004, its Award for the Best International Literary Adaptation was launched. Winners have included The Bookshop directed by Isabel Coixet and Zombillenium by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord (2017), Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford and Ma Vie de Courgette by Claude Barras (2016), Carol by Todd Haynes (2015) and A Most Wanted Man by Anton Corbijn (2014). Since 2006, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has co-hosted “Books at Berlinale”. Part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, this pitching session allows publishers and agents to present material with potential for screen adaptation to international producers. Since 2016, the Frankfurter Buchmesse has presented “A Book is a Film is a Game” on the Thursday of the Book Fair, bringing together representatives of the book, film and games industry for a day of panel discussions, pitching sessions, workshops, matchmaking sessions and networking.

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About Motovun Group of International Publishers - MGIP

MGIP is an association of people from around the world committed to publishing, creating, producing, selling, and marketing of books in all forms, mostly illustrated books. It is a by-invitation membership organization of approximately 80 members representing 20 different countries. The purpose of MGIP is to exchange ideas, to further cooperation between companies and between countries, to encourage business opportunities, to discuss relevant technological innovations, to build lasting professional bonds, and to form permanent friendships across international borders. The group includes members who publish adult books and / or children’s books; popular books and / or scholarly books; books printed on paper and / or digital and audio books.


THE ARTS+ is a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the cultural and creative industries. The goal of the new format is to exploit the potential of digitalisation for creative content and to develop new business areas. International artists, opinion leaders and experts as well as an impressive range of exhibitors present innovative approaches from the fields of publishing, museums, architecture and design, brands and agencies. THE ARTS+ is organised as part of ALDUS (the network of European Book Fairs) and is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

About the Frankfurter Buchmesse

The Frankfurter Buchmesse is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with over 7,300 exhibitors from 102 countries, around 286,000 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.

Contact for the media:

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