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3rd Edition of "Shoot the Book !" in Cannes film Festival

Wednesday 11 May 2016


Against the backdrop of the 69th Cannes Festival, heavily dominated by adaptations (seven of the films either in the official selection or in Un Certain Regard are adaptations of works of literature - Philippe Djian, Roald Dahl), the third Shoot the Book! event will be held at the Salon des Ambassadeurs of the Palais des Festivals between 10.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on 17 May 2016.

This event, organised by the SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française) and the BIEF (Bureau International de l’Edition Française), in partnership with the Ile-de-France film Commission, the MOTif, Observatoire du livre et de l’écrit en Ile-de-France and the Institut Français, and with the support of the SOFIA and the CFC (Centre Français de la Copie), is an opportunity for French publishers to benefit from collective representation and aims to promote the film adaptation of French literary works of fiction to international producers.

The jury, made up of thirteen professionals of French and foreign cinema, has selected ten works (novels, comics, story) based on their potential to be adapted for the screen, to be pitched in English by their publishers.

These works are :

Théorie de la vilaine petite fille, author : Hubert Haddad, publisher : Zulma
Madame Bâ, author : Erik Orsenna, publisher : Fayard
Bilqiss, author: Saphia Azzeddine, publisher: Stock
Et je danse aussi, authors : Anne-Laure Bondoux et Jean-Claude Mourlevat, publisher : Fleuve Editions
Délinquants et victimes, author : Olivier Peyroux, publisher : Non Lieu
Black Cocaïne, author : de Laurent Guillaume, publisher : aux Editions Denoël
Mezek, authors : André Juillard and Yann, publisher : Le Lombard
Le Cœur Cousu, author : Carole Martinez, publisher : Gallimard
Les Gens Honnêtes, authors : Christian Durieux and Jean-Pierre Gibrat, publisher : Dupuis
Il était une fois dans l’Est, authors : Julie Birmant and Clément Oubrerie, publisher : Dargaud

This pitch session will be moderated by Ido Abram, Deputy Director of EYE Film Museum and will be followed by a reception which will provide an opportunity for producers and publishers to discuss the works presented.

Anne Tallineau, CEO of The Institut Français, and Paul Otchakovsky-Laurens, vice-president of SCELF will open the 3rd edition. Olivier-René Veillon, CEO of the Ile-de-France Film Commission, will close it by the shootings prospects for the proposed adaptations. 

After this session, on May 18, for the second time this year the Cinémas du Monde pavilion/ Institut Français (Village International n°111) will play host to one-to-one meetings between French publishers and producers.