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On Saturday, 19 October 2019, at 8.00 p.m. in the Frankfurt Pavilion, the red carpet will once again be rolled out for the awards ceremony of the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards. This year, the awards will be presented in three categories: “Best Illustrated Book on Film”, “Best International Adaption for Children or Young Adults” and “Best International Literary Adaption”.

According to Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse: “The boom in literary adaptations continues unabated – film professionals, authors and publishers are increasingly strengthening their network to create joint projects. With the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, we are delighted to be able to offer an event that is a source both of inspiration and networking.”

Nominees in the category “Best Illustrated Book on Film”

“Andrej Tarkovskij Leben und Werk” (“Andrei Tarkovsky: Life and Work”) (Schirmer/Mosel)

“Once Upon a Time in the West: Shooting a Masterpiece” (R|A|P)

“The Big Illusion or How to Build a Movie Miracle” (Slovart Publishing)

The category “Best Illustrated Book on Film” is awarded by Frankfurter Buchmesse together with the MGIP Motovun Group of International Publishers. The award is given in recognition of an original book concept and honours a compelling adaptation into book form of a film-related subject.


Nominees in the category “Best International Literary Adaption”

“Animals” (based on the book by Emma Jane Unsworth/directed by Sophie Hyde)

“Deutschstunde” (“The German Lesson”) (Siegfried Lenz/Christian Schwochow)

“Out Stealing Horses – Pferde Stehlen – Ut og stjæle hester” (Per Petterson/Hans Petter Moland)

“The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão – Die Sehnsucht der Schwestern Gusmão – A Vida Invisível de Eurídice Gusmão” (Martha Batalha/Karim Aïnouz)

“The Master Butcher – Der Club der Singenden Metzger” (Louise Erdrich/Ulrich Edel)


Nominees in the category “Best International Adaption for Children or Young Adults”

“Alfons Zitterbacke – Das Chaos is zurück” (“Alfons Zitterbacke – Return of the Chaos”) (Gerhart Holtz-Baumert/Mark Schlichter)

“Mein Lotta Leben – Alles Bingo mit Flamingo!” (“My Life as Lotta – All Bingo with Flamingo!”) (Alice Pantermüller/Neele Leana Vollmar)

“My Extraordinary Summer with Tess” (Anna Woltz/Steven Woulterlood)


To select the winning films, Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurter Buchmesse, assists an Advisory Board composed of Leo Barraclough (International Features Editor, Variety), Frederic Boyer (Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival and Artistic Director of the European Film Festival Les Arcs), Beat Glur (music, film and literature journalist; festival consultant), Ellen Harrington (Director of the German Film Institute and Film Museum), Ulrich Höcherl (Executive Editor-in-Chief of the trade journal Blickpunkt:Film and Deputy Managing Director of Busch Entertainment Media), Rajendra Roy (The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)) and Signe Zeilich-Jensen (Film Consultant Children & Family Film, Netherlands Film Fund).


Focus: Film networking day - A Book is a Film is a Game

This year, for the fourth time, Frankfurter Buchmesse and THE ARTS+/B3 will present the networking day “A Book is a Film is a Game” on the Friday of the fair, 18 October 2019. Experts from the publishing and film world, gaming and new media will come together for exciting workshops and talks. Participants in the Focus: Film networking day can look forward to a varied programme with best-cases studies, panels and matchmaking sessions. Speakers include actor and producer Grace Glowicki (“Her Friend Adam”, “Paper Year”), Pier Nirandara, Director of Development Sony Pictures; director Hans Petter Moland (“Out Stealing Horses”); producer Quirin Berg (“Work Without Author”, “DARK”, “The Lives of Others”) and director Itay Tal (“God of the Piano”).

Things will really heat up at the pitching event, where eight submissions on the theme “Books on revolution” will be pitched. In addition, as part of B3, celebrities from the audio-visual sectors of art, film, TV, games and virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) will present their latest work. B3 will recognise the best amongst them with a B3 BEN award.

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