At Frankfurt Book Fair: ‘A Book Is a Film Is a Game’ Networking Day Returns

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The day includes two sets of pitch sessions of books for possible film or virtual-reality development, each followed by networking sessions.

Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ was a focal point of last year’s inaugural Book Film Game program at Frankfurt. Image: Frankfurter Bookmesse

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Special Screening of ‘Elle’ Included

On Thursday, October 12, “Book Film Game” day returns to the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Arts+ conference for the second year. The debut of this networking event last year featured Minecraft, Angry Birds, and Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Formally titled “A Book Is a Film Is a Game,” the program stresses cross-development of content on the way to that “revenue 360” exploitation of rights that so many in publishing today are seeking.

The events take place in various spots around the fairgrounds. The program and registration is available here.

The day includes a special screening of the 2916 film Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven with Isabelle Huppert and based on Philippe Djian’s book, Oh….

Verhoeen’s film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The screening is in French with German subtitles.

Partners involved in the event include the French embassy, French Cultural Institute Germany, Unifrance, SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française), the Dutch embassy in Germany, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, and Filmfonds Netherlands.

The Day’s Schedule: Social Media #BookFilmGame

10:30 a.m.
Location: Apropos – Hall 3.C West

International guests from the publishing and film industry discuss current topics including
the complex relation between author, scriptwriter, director and producer. Moderator will
be Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, Managing Director of In Good Company GmbH.

12:15 p.m.
Location: The Arts+ Salon, Hall 4.1, P109

12:15-12;45 p.m. Pitch Session 1

Pitch sessions of five books for potential development, based on true stories:

  • From Beirut to Brandenburg: Dr. Ballouz’ Journey (Jasper Fabian Wenzel & Amin Ballouz),presented by: Elisabeth Ruge Agentur / Germany
  • It’s Monday Today (Sytske van Koveringe), presented by: De Bezige Bij / Netherlands
  • Mother Love: The Story of Mr Lawrence’s Lover (Annabel Abbs), presented by: Zeitgeist Media Group Literary Agency /Belgium
  • The Invisible Difference (Julie Dachez & Mademoiselle Caroline), presented by : Groupe Delcourt / France
  • The Toscanini Conspiracy (Filippo Lannarone), presented by : Walkabout Literary Agency / Italy

12:45-1:15 p.m. Networking among producers and rights holders

1:15-1:45 p.m. Pitch Session 2

Pitch sessions of five books for potential development, with a focus this time on a young audience

  • 7 Sundays in August (Sabine Ludwig), OeFA Oetinger Filmrechte-Agentur / Germany
  • Killer T (Robert Muchamore), The Artists Partnership / United Kingdom
  • Louca (Bruno Dequier), Mediatoon – Media Participations / France
  • The Gruesome General (Jozua Douglas), Shared Stories / The Netherlands
  • Urban (Luc Brunchwig & Roberto Ricci), Gallimard (Futuropolis) / France

1:45 to 2:15 p.m.: Networking among producers and rights holders

Philippe Djian’s book is the basis for the film ‘Elle’

2-4:15 p.m.: Elle special screening
Location: ARD Cinema, Hall F.0 A1

3-6 p.m.: Invitational matchmaking sessions for publishers, licensing managers, and producers from Germany, France, and the Netherlands
Location: Consens, Hall 4.C

5:30-7 p.m.: Networking cocktails
Location: The Arts+ Runway, Hall 4.1, P53

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Porter Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. Prior to that he was Associate Editor for The FutureBook, a channel at The Bookseller focused on digital publishing. Anderson has also worked with CNN International, CNN.com, CNN USA, the Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and other media.

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