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The Marché du Film of the Cannes International Film Festival takes place online | Frankfurter Buchmesse enables 11 publishing companies and agencies from five countries to take part in the virtual Shoot the Book! programme by SCELF and Institut Français on 25 and 26 June 2020

The 73rd Cannes International Film Festival could not take place in May as planned due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the Marché du Film will take place virtually from 22 to 26 June 2020. The Marché du Film Online is designed to recreate the market place in Cannes, with digital events and virtual meetings that enable participants to network and do business. Together with its partners SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française) and the Institut Français, Frankfurter Buchmesse is giving 11 publishers and agencies from five countries extra visibility for their books at one of the world's most important film festivals.

The participants in the online version of the Publishers' Tour are Agentur Kroll (Germany), ALT autores Editorial (Spain), Elisabeth Ruge Agentur (Germany), Guernica Editions (Canada), Loewe Verlag (Germany), Oslo Literary Agency (Norway), Ravensburger Verlag (Germany), Rowohlt Agentur für Medienrechte (Germany), S. Fischer Verlag (Germany), The Italian Literary Agency (Italy) and TOKYOPOP (Germany).

The modified Publishers' Tour Cannes 2020 offers participating agencies and publishers accreditation for the Marché du Film, participation in the two-day Shoot the Book! programme and exclusive meetings with film producers, as well as participation in an one-on-one speed-dating with producers. They are also part of the Shoot the Book! Rendez-Vous catalogue and have access to online master classes.

The Oslo Literary Agency and the Kroll Agency have also been selected to present their books to a larger professional audience in a video pitching event. Annette Orre from Norway will present "Arrival" by Gøhril Gabrielsen: A dark story of a woman living all alone in an icy wasteland, facing threats far more serious than those of the merciless nature that surrounds her. Frank Kroll will pitch "To Die in Spring" by Ralf Rothmann: A tragic anti-war story of a friendship in the last weeks of World War II.

Shoot the Book!, organised by SCELF and Institut Français, is a special opportunity to present selected books with high potential for film adaptation to an international audience of film producers. Frankfurter Buchmesse has been involved in the event format since 2017, and the first Publishers' Tour took place in 2019. In 2020, the Publishers' Tour will receive financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office for the first time.

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