Shoot the Book 2020

SHOOT THE BOOK ! at the Cannes online film market


Updated on 27/01/2021

The SCELF (Civil Society of French Language Editors’ Rights) and the Institut français are pleased to announce that the 7th edition of SHOOT THE BOOK! will take place this year. After the success of 2019’s edition (30 French and foreign publishers on the steps to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes, over 100 meetings with French and foreign producers, and 3 books optioned for an adaptation), canceling this year’s edition due to the Covid-19 epidemic would have been problematic for the adaptation market, which continues to steadily develop. Thanks to the Film Market, which is going digital, this 7th edition will be able to take place.

Thanks to the initiative of publishers that are part of the SCELF (Civil Society of French Language Editors’ Rights) and the BIEF (International Office of French Edition), in partnership with the Institut français, the Frankfurter Buchmesse, Film Paris Région, and with the support of the CNL (National Book Center) and the CFC (French Center of Copyright), this event aims to promote the cinematographic adaptation of French and foreign literary works of fiction to an audience of international producers.

The first day of SHOOT THE BOOK! 2020, Thursday, June 25, will feature two events for the international publishing market: one-on-one meetings during which 45 French and international publishers will present their catalogues to French and international producers to consider potential screen adaptations; and a pitch session during which 10 titles that were selected by a jury of 10 film industry professionals will be presented via video by their publishers.

Friday, June 26 will be devoted to a discussion led by Ben Croll from Variety with Ed Guiney, the producer of Normal People who is working on the adaptation of Sally Rooney’s bestseller Conversations with Friends.

Shoot the Book ! 2020

The two days will center around three events.


Thursday, June 25  (10:30 AM / 11:30 AM) : ONLINE PITCH SESSION

The jury, made up of ten film industry professionals from throughout the world, selected 10 works with strong audiovisual adaptation potential, which will be

pitched in English by their publishers.

You will find the names of the jury members and the selected titles below.

Approximately fifty French and international publishers will then have the opportunity to converse online with French and international producers during one-on-one meetings.


Programmes/pitching sessions

The jury members who selected the 10 titles below: :

  • César Diaz, screenwriter from Guatemala
  • Gaya Jiji, director from Syria
  • Jean-Claude Van Rijckghem, screenwriter and producer from Belgium
  • Sophie Reine, editor and director from France
  • Philippe Lacôte, director from the Ivory Coast
  • Aboozar Amini, director from Afghanistan
  • Zdenka Gold, producer from Croatia
  • Hayley Brown, producer from Canada
  • Haitham Dabbour, screenwriter from Egypt


The 10 titles that were selected by the jury and will be pitched by their publishers:

  • Kinderzimmer | Valentine Goby, Éditions Actes Sud
  • Mozart’s Formidable Widow | Isabelle Duquesnoy, Éditions La Martinière
  • El Comandante Yankee | Gani Jakupi, Éditions DUPUIS
  • Not All Men Live the Same Way | Jean-Paul Dubois, Éditions L’Olivier
  • Flowers of Darkness | Tatiana de Rosnay, Éditions Robert Laffont
  • Black Waterlilies | Michel Bussi, Éditions Place des Éditeurs
  • This Little Family | Inès Bayard, Éditions Albin Michel
  • The Miracles Workshop | Valérie Tong Cuong, Éditions Lattès
  • Arrival | Gohril Gabrielson, presented by OLA (Oslo Literary Agency)**
  • To Die in Spring | Ralf Rothmann, presented by the KROLL agency**

** These two works were selected by the Frankfurter Buchmesse



Thursday, June 25 (3:00 PM / 6:00 PM) : ONLINE MEETINGS

The meetings will be scheduled beforehand, by the producers and the publishers via the appointment platform made available by the Film Market. The meetings will take place as video conferences at fixed times.



Friday, June 26 (2:00 PM) : TALK ABOUT ADAPTATION

with the producer Ed Guiney, led by Ben Croll (Variety)

Ed Guiney will discuss the transition from working with Sally Rooney (Normal People, Conversations with Friends) to the screenplay of a series produced by BBC



@Pavillon des Cinémas du Monde / Institut français