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Book-to-screen activities

Curtain up for remarkable books as publishers and literary agents meet with film producers.

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With its book-to-screen activities, Frankfurter Buchmesse connects player from the publishing industry with production companies. During the week of the fair, we will be offering  a series of events where publishers and agents can meet film producers to discover and discuss the books with the best potential for film, series or screen adaptation.

Frankfurter Buchmesse also engages in film throughout the year: every spring, Books at Berlinale" takes place, a joint initiative together with the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

During the Cannes Festival – one of the central events in the film industry – Frankfurter Buchmesse partners with SCELF (Société Civile des Éditeurs de Langue Française) to host the Shoot the Book! Cannes", a B2B event for film adaptations of literary material as part of Cannes Marché du Film. The event celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2023.

Save the date: on Friday, 18 October the Book-to-Screen Day is again taking place at Frankfurter Buchmesse (16 - 20 October)! Various events on film and series adaptations will take place putting the spotlight on promoting the exchange between the film or screen producers and the international publishing industry.

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Books at Berlinale

On Sunday, 18 February, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present ten current books selected due to their great potential for screen adaptation in Books at Berlinale. This pitch event is followed by a networking event.

At the same day, a matchmaking event will take place where selected film rights holders can meet with participating film producers in one-on-one meetings.

On Sunday, 18 February, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present ten current books selected due to their great potential for screen adaptation in Books at Berlinale. This pitch event is followed by a networking event.

At the same day, a matchmaking event will take place where selected film rights holders can meet with participating film producers in one-on-one meetings.

Close to 100 submissions came from publishers and agents in over 30 countries this year. The ten selected books were submitted by six publishers and four literary agents. The authors - 90 per cent of whom are women this time - come from Iceland, India, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Pakistan, France, Germany and Switzerland.
 
Die folgenden Stoffe wurden für Books at Berlinale 2024 ausgewählt (englischer Titel / Originaltitel; in alphabetischer Reihenfolge der präsentierenden Firmen):

The following films have been selected for Books at Berlinale 2024 (English title / original title; in alphabetical order of the presenting companies):

“The Secret of Nox: Light, Shadow - Bat Rats! (vol. 1)” / „Das Geheimnis von Nox: Licht, Schatten – Flederratten! (Vol. 1)“ (author: Claudia Scharf, Germany), Carlsen Verlag, Germany

“Me: In-Between” / „Dazwischen: Ich“ (author: Julya Rabinowich, Germany), Carl Hanser Verlag, Germany

“White Clouds” / „Weiße Wolken“ (author: Yandé Seck, Germany), Copywrite Literatur- und Filmagentur, Germany

“Cesare’s Story. Choosing Happiness with Your Eyes Closed” / „La storia di Cesare. Scegliere a occhi chiusi la felicità” (author: Valentina Mastroianni, Italy), DeAgostini Libri, Italy

“Dissident Club” (author: Taha Siddiqui and Hubert Maury, illustrator: Hubert Maury, Pakistan/France), Editions Glénat, France

“History’s Angel” (author: Anjum Hasan, India), Jacaranda Literary Agency, Singapore

“Everything for Jo” / „Die Entflammten“ (author: Simone Meier, Switzerland), Kein & Aber, Switzerland

“A Poisoner’s Tale” (author: Cathryn Kemp, United Kingdom), Penguin Random House UK, United Kingdom

“The Áróra Investigation Series: Cold as Hell” / „Helköld sól” (author: Lilja Sigurðardóttir, Iceland), Reyjkavík Literary Agency, Iceland

“Xerox / Hard Copy” / „Xerox” (author: Fien Veldman, the Netherlands), Sebes & Bisseling Literary Agency, the Netherlands

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The Book-to-Screen Day at #fbm23

Numerous events and networking opportunities on the topic of film and series adaptations took place during the week of the fair. The film premiere of the Ingeborg Bachmann film "Reise in die Wüste" was the kick-off event which took place on Tuesday, 17 October in Frankfurt. Friday, 20 October was Book-to-Screen Day. Professionals could expect matchmaking, various book-to-screen events as well as comic-to-screen events and a joint tour of the fair. The objective was to enable networking between publishers, agents and film producers. The Friday evening ended with the presentation of the Hessian Film Award.

Book-to-Screen events at #fbm23

Premiere of film of "Ingeborg Bachmann - Journey into the Desert"

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Curated Frankfurter Buchmesse & Berlinale Book-to-Screen Matchmaking (fully booked)

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New Tales of Franz, Book-to-Screen Event in cooperation with the Berlinale Co-Production Market

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Speaker: Syd Atlas, Author
and 3 more speakers

How can the digital transformation help the cultural and creative industries to take off?

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Speaker: Thierry Baujard, Founder, CEO
Media Deals, Peacefulfish
and 3 more speakers

Comics’ Cocktail - Curated comics-to-screen matchmaking event

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Images moving minds - how can film and illustration help to anchor diversity in society?

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Speaker: Katharina Ewald, Digital Manager
DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
and 2 more speakers

In conversation with film director Behrooz Karamizade

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Speaker: Behrooz Karamizade, Film Director

From individual piece to cross-platform IP

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Speaker: Margret Albers, Project Manager/Moderator
Förderverein Deutscher Kinderfilm e.V. (FDK)
and 2 more speakers

Comic to Screen - animation series for children

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The Hessian Film and Cinema Award

Live now DE
Filmteam2023

The focus at #fbm23 is on the exchange between the film and book industries.

Read more about this year's highlights in the interview with the Book-to-Screen Team

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Niki Théron answers all your questions.

Book-to-screen activities

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