This year, for the 15th time, the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards will be presented in October. Submissions for the category “Best adaption of a book for children or young adults” are now being accepted.

Inkheart, The Hunger Games, Twilight, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter of course – beloved children’s and young adult books have long been the source of material for successful films and series. Coaxing fantastical worlds and their heroes from the pages of books without stripping them of the magic with which young readers’ imaginations have imbued them, whilst at the same time creating visual fireworks with original elements – this is the art of adapting a book for the screen.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards want to pay tribute to this art. For the past two years, it has awarded a prize for best adaptation of a literary work for the screen as well as for best cinematic adaptation of a children’s or young adult book.

Publishers, film producers and broadcasting corporations are now invited to submit entries for the award in the category of “Best adaption of a book for children or young adults”. The competition is open to films for theatrical release, as well as to television productions and series based on children’s or young adult books. For the first time this year, the Frankfurter Buchmesse is also accepting films and series made for television or streaming and online platforms. The works submitted must be (or have been) released in 2018 or at most six months after the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018. The deadline for submissions is 20 July 2018.

Films nominated for the shortlist must be made available to the jury in the form of a DVD, Blu-ray or link for streaming; the literary works on which they are based must also be provided to the jury. The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 11 October 2018, from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm, in THE ARTS+ area.

The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards 2018 are awarded in three categories: In addition to the prize for “Best adaption of a book for children or young adults” there will be an award for “Best adaptation of a literary work” and for “Best illustrated book on a film-related subject”.

Information about the call for submissions and selection process is available at The closing date for submissions is 20 July 2018.

With the programme “A Book is a Film is a Game”, traditionally held on the Thursday of the Book Fair, the Frankfurter Buchmesse also offers representatives of the film and publishing industries an annual opportunity to network. The focus this year will not only be on current trends and innovations in the field of visual storytelling, but also on the topic of adapting literary material into series. Participants can look forward to best practices, pitching sessions and matchmaking events. The Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Day will round off with the Frankfurter Buchmesse Film Awards ceremony from 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm.

More information about the film-related activities of the Frankfurter Buchmesse is available also at






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