The Arts+: Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Award Shortlists

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The categories in the annual Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards program honor adaptations to film and books about the industry.

A studio still from a shortlisted title in the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, ‘Jacob, Mimmi, and the Talking Dog,’ from Latvian filmmaker Edmunds Jansons

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Awards Program October 9
Overlapping with Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 14 to 18), the fifth B3 Biennale of the Moving Image will take place from October 9 to 18.

Once again, that program is working with Frankfurt as part of Holger Volland‘s The Arts+, the annual Frankfurt programming that emphasizes books and many nearby creative industries.

Other partners include SODEC/MUTEC Québec, TAICCA, Licensing International, Telefilm Canada, the Berlinale film festival, the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Hessenagentur, and Creative Business Cup.

Today (September 30), the show has announced shortlists for its annual film awards.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards are not particularly well known among Frankfurt’s myriad annual events, programs, and activities. A small niche program, they can get past you. They carry no monetary prize, but each of the three honors looks at a way in which publishing and cinematic work sometimes parallel each other.

They’re housed in the trade show’s “Focus Film” division that includes the still-young Cannes pitching event. This year, the film awards are to be presented on October 9, before the start of Frankfurter Buchmesse, at the B3 BEN Awards, the B3 Biennale’s opening “online gala.” That program will include actor Willem Dafoe’s win of the event’s main prize and “live performances by international artists.”

That awards program starts at 7 p.m. CEST (1700 GMT) on the 9th, and registration free of charge is here.

Shortlist: Adaptation for Children or Young Adults

A still from a shortlisted title in the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards, ‘Pinocchio,’ from Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone

  • Als Hitler das rosa Kannichen stahl (Caroline Link)
  • Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dog (Edmunds Jansons)
  • Pinocchio (Matteo Garrone)
Shortlist: Interntational Literary Adaptation

Nahéma Ricci in ‘Antigone’ from director and writer Sophie Deraspe. Image: promotional still, ACPAV

  • Antigone (Sophie Deraspe)
  • First Cow (Kelly Reichardt)
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Charlie Kaufman)
  • Shirley (Josephine Decker)
  • Unorthodox (Maria Schrader)

The above two categories were juried by Frankfurter Buchmesse president and CEO Juergen Boos; Frederic Boyer, Tribeca Film Festival and Les Arcs European Film Festival; film critic Beat Glur, Ellen M. Harrington, Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum;  Ulrich Höcherl, Blickpunkt:Film; Rajendra Roy (The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA); Signe Zeilich-Jensen, The Netherlands Film Fund; Leo Barraclough; Variety Magazine; Margret Albers, European Children’s Film Association; and Bobby Allen; MUBI.

Shortlist: Illustrated Book on Film

This category will be decided by the jury of the Motovun Group of International Publishers.

A shot from Charlie Kaufman’s ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things,’ currently offered by Netflix


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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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