Frankfurter Buchmesse Calls for 2020 Film Awards Entries

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This year’s Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards are now open for submissions of adult, children’s and illustrated books that have been adapted for film.

At Frankfurter Buchmesse’s 2009 film and television forum. Image: FBM, Alexander Heimann

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

Deadline for Submissions: August 28
The three-prize Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards program has opened its submissions period to books that have been adapted for film. Once again is being produced in partnership with the Motovun Group of International Publishers (MGIP). The trade show this year runs October 14 to 18 as a hybrid event, organizers expecting to feature both digital and in-person components.

Motovun’s special interest is in the Illustrated Book on Film award, and the program also offers an honor for Literary Adaptation and an Adaptation for Children or Young Adults.

Here are the winners of the 2019 competition:

Best Illustrated Book on Film

  • Slovakia: The Big Illusion, or How to Build a Movie Miracle (Slovart Publishing)

Best International Literary Adaptation

  • Norway: Out Stealing Horses (Pferde Stehlen) (Ut og stjæle hester): Book by Per Petterson, directed by Hans Petter Moland

Best International Adaptation for Children or Young Adults

  • The Netherlands: My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (Anna Woltz, Steven Woulterlood)

This year’s awards ceremony is to be part of the B3 opening on October 9, with details on that event to come.

Details for Awards Submissions

Production and media companies as well as publishers are invited to submit titles for the awards, which are open to feature films, television events and series that fit the categories’ focus.

Those making submissions will need to fill out a submission form.

  • For the adaptation awards—both literary and the one for children or young adults—the form is here (PDF).
  • For the illustrated book on film award, the form is here (PDF).

If not nominating your own work, you’re asked to send an email to the same address.

Because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, submissions in the Illustrated Book on Film category need to include a digital copy of the submitted title consisting of at least the cover, five to 10 pages of content and a summary of the content as well as any accompanying press material or a publisher’s presentation.

Publishers from Germany and abroad can apply. Submitted books should have been published between August 1 (2019) and now, and must be available for delivery.

These awards fall under the trade show’s “Focus: Film” programming, which in turn is part of The Arts+ area of Frankfurter Buchmesse.

  • Tom Ford (2016)
  • Todd Haynes (2015)
  • Anton Corbijn (2014)
  • The couple Ziad Doueiri and Joelle Touma (2013),
  • Stephen Daldry (2012)
  • Producer David Heyman (2011)

More from Publishing Perspectives on Frankfurter Buchmesse is here, more from us on awards in publishing is here, and more on the development of book content for film and television is here. And more from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here and at the CORONAVIRUS tab at the top of each page of our site.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.

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