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Frankfurt, 5 October 2018 – At 6.00 p.m. on Thursday, 11 October 2018, the red carpet will be rolled out on THE ARTS+ Runway: For the first time, an award ceremony will be held for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, which will be presented in three categories this year: “Best Illustrated Book on Film”, “Best International Adaptation for Children or Young Adults” and “Best International Literary Adaptation”.

As Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, explains: “We are currently experiencing a renaissance in literary adaptations, with literary materials serving as the source of inspiration for films and series. Streaming services are also contributing significantly to this major boom. In turn, successful film or series adaptations increase book publishers’ sales. In this way, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards connect publishers and film professionals in an effective and entertaining way.”

The nominees in the category “Best Illustrated Book on Film” are:
“Cinemaps: An Atlas of 35 Great Movies”
(Quirk Books)
“Marilyn Monroe, 50 Sessions” (Knesebeck Verlag)
“Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years” (Reel Art Press)

This year, the Frankfurter Buchmesse is awarding the prize for the category “Best Illustrated Book on Film” together with the MGIP Motovun Group of International Publishers. The award is given in recognition of original book concepts, and honours a compelling adaptation into book form of a film-related subject.

The nominees in the category “Best International Adaptation for Children or Young Adults” are:
“Hilda” (a Netflix production, UK/USA/Canada), directed by Andy Cole
“Romy’s Salon” (Netherlands), directed by Mischa Kamp
“Bille” (Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic), directed by Inara Kolmane
“Die kleine Hexe” (“The Little Witch”) (Germany), directed by Michael Schaerer

The nominees in the category “Best International Literary Adaptation” are:
“Another day of life” (Kanaki Films, Spain), directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow
“Intrigo”, based on the novels by Håkan Nesser, directed by Daniel Alfredson

To select the winning films, Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, assisted an Advisory Board composed of Frederic Boyer (Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and Artistic Director of the European Film Festival Les Arcs), Rajendra Roy (The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)), Beat Glur (Press Spokesman, Zurich Film Festival), Ulrich Höcherl (Executive Editor-in-Chief of the trade journal Blickpunkt:Film and Deputy Managing Director of Busch Entertainment Media) as well as Leo Barraclough (International Features Editor for the US trade magazine Variety). Signe Zeilich-Jensen (Film Consultant Children’s & Family Film, Netherlands Film Fund) and Ellen Harrington (Director of the German Film Institute and Film Museum) are new to the Advisory Board.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse and the film and games industry
Establishing a network that connects the publishing industry and representatives of the international film industry and – increasingly important – the games sector is very important to the Frankfurter Buchmesse. At “Books at Berlinale”, a pitching event held annually since 2005 as part of the Berlinale Co-Production Market, publishers and literary agents are invited to present material with high screen-adaptation potential to international producers. “Books at Berlinale 2019” will be held on 11 February 2019.

Networking day on the Thursday of the Book Fair: A Book Is a Film Is a Game
Moreover, this year, for the third time, the Frankfurter Buchmesse will host the networking day “A Book Is a Film Is a Game” on Thursday, 11 October 2018. The programme is aimed at film and games producers as well as interested literary agents and publishing rights managers. In addition to a female panel discussion with the Erich Pommer Institut/sparx and Bücherfrauen e.V., there will also be a case study of the series “West of Liberty” (an adaption of material pitched at Books at Berlinale), a pitching session with nine international publishers, a networking lunch and matchmaking sessions. Find more information here(opens in a new window).

We hereby cordially invite you to the award ceremony of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards.

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 6.00 – 7.30 p.m.
THE ARTS+ Runway, Hall 4.1
Moderated by Syd Atlas

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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 some 10,000 accredited journalists and bloggers in attendance. It also brings together key players from the fields of education, film, games, STM, academic publishing, and business information. 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 Frankfurter Buchmesse organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. Access to the Business Club, with its premium services, networking events, and conferences, such as THE MARKETS, is available exclusively with a Business Ticket – the premium option for B2B visitors. THE ARTS+ was launched in 2016 as a fair, business festival and international meeting place for the culture and creative industries. It aims to exploit the potential of digitalisation for creative content and to develop new business areas. Frankfurt EDU, the international education platform of the Frankfurter Buchmesse, presents innovative concepts, content and technologies for the future of learning. Campus Weekend at the Frankfurter Buchmesse is dedicated to university students. The Frankfurter Buchmesse is a subsidiary of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association). in a new window)  

About MGIP Motovun Group of International Publishers
MGIP is a community of people from around the world who are committed to publishing, preparing, producing, selling and marketing books of all kinds. The organisation has some 80 members from 20 different counties, who are selected by invitation. The aim of MGIP is to share ideas, promote cooperation between companies and countries, support business opportunities, discuss relevant technological innovations, create long-term business connections and establish friendships across international borders. The group includes members who publish books for adults, children’s books, popular books, academic books, print as well as digital and audio books. in a new window)

Contact for the media:
Press & Corporate Communications, Frankfurter Buchmesse
Katja Böhne, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-138, in a new window)
Kathrin Grün, Director Communications, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-170, in a new window)
Tina Pfeifer, PR Manager, Phone: +49 (0) 69 2102-271, pfeifer(opens in a new window) in a new window)