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Book Adaptation Rights Market

80th Venice International Film Festival

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Call for publishers 2023

The Venice Production Bridge is launching the Call for Publishers for the eighth edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market, which will take place from September 1st to 3rd, 2023, during the 80th Venice International Film Festival (August 30th – September 9th, 2023).

The Book Adaptation Rights Market will offer up to 34 international publishing houses and literary agencies, including 4 invited as part of the VPB FOCUS 2023, a dedicated area to meet the producers registered to the Venice International Film Festival through one-to-one meetings.

Compared to other events dedicated to publishing within the context of Film Festivals, the Book Adaptation Rights Market will enable the invited publishers to propose their entire catalogue for film adaptations, rather than focusing on a single book or volume.

Following the FOCUS on Comics organized in 2022, within the BARM 2023 we will dedicate a special Focus to Children’s and Young Adults Literature.


The producers purchasing their Industry Gold Accreditation through the Venice International Film Festival will be entitled to request 30-minute one-to-one meetings with the selected publishers and literary agents via our website in the BARM dedicated area (veniceproductionbridge.org).

The meetings will allow to the publishers to foster lasting relationships and of course to make deals on the adaptation of novels, drama, children’s literature, short stories, comics, graphic novels, essays, and biographies.

With this event the Venice Production Bridge renews its vocation to encourage the development and production of international and European projects across a range of audiovisual forms.

A tailor-made initiative of this kind requests a real confidentiality for the producers and the partners already in place. A first Project line-up will be sent to selected potential producers in order to allow them to register to this rights market.

The Book Adaptation Rights Market brochure, detailing each publishing house and literary agency selected and their new titles, will be sent to producers in July 2023 to support them to decide which titles match better their production house before requesting the 30-minute one-to-one meetings. The VPB Office will set up these meetings in accordance with the availability of the participants and meetings slots. Each publisher and literary agent will receive a personalised meeting schedule a few days before the event.

Submissions and Regulations

The Book Adaptation Rights Market terms and conditions are:

General eligibility:

· The publishing house or literary agency must be the audiovisual rights representative of the titles proposed for adaptation within the BARM.
· The proposed titles should be best-sellings or brand new, yet to be published, with strong potential for screen adaptation.
· There must be an English translation or a logline translation of each title proposed.


This call is open to European and International publishers for the following publication topics:

· Children’s and Young Adult Literature (general)
· Comics
· Fiction (general)
· Graphic Novel
· Non-Fiction (general)

If you are not sure which books to submit, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime at barm1to1@labiennale.org

Publishers & Literary agents must have previous experiences in their field (audiovisual rights).


How to apply

Submission is carried out in two steps:

1. Fill in the Book Adaptation Rights Market submission form.
2. In order to complete your submission, provide the materials listed below by clicking the ‘Browse Dossier’ button at the end of the form. All documents must be in English or have an English translation.

Please combine the requested documents into a single pdf (DOSSIER). This has to include the following:

1. Catalogue of 5 min - 10 max PAST MAIN PUBLICATIONS that may or may not have already been adapted to the screen (or currently in production).
2. Catalogue of 5 min - 10 max LATEST TITLES that you want to propose for film adaptation within the Book Adaptation Rights Market.
For both catalogues please titles must be put in chronological order from the latest to the oldest and USE THE FOLLOWING FORMAT: English Title (Original Title) by Author (Year of publication). Synopsis and highlights (numbers of copies sold, adaptation in which languages, adaptation for screen/tv/series/film, commercial success).
3. Publisher or Literary Agent’s biography and track records.
4. Publishers or Literary Agent’s statement and/or type of production houses in which you are interested.

Conditions for attending the Book Adaptation Rights Market

Once the selection has been made, the selected publishers and literary agents are contacted to confirm their participation and asked to provide updated material for inclusion in the Brochure and a video presentation for the 8th edition of the Book Adaptation Rights Market, which is going to circulate to producers before and during the Festival.

Participation in the event entitles the delegate of the selected publishing houses or literary agencies to the following services and facilities:

· accommodation for 4 nights;
· extensive networking opportunities and one-to-one meetings;
· titles promotion;
· an Industry Gold accreditation for the access to all the services of the Venice Production Bridge and for the screenings of the 80th Venice International Film Festival.

In return all the selected publishing houses and literary agencies are required to:

· pay the set up fee for the one-to-one meetings (€ 700 plus VAT) by filling in the Industry Services Form (see section D 10 ‘Table in the BARM area’ at the end of the form);
· provide us with additional information for the Book Adaptation Rights Market catalogue and a 3-minute video presentation in English and with English subtitles if possible;
· attend the activities of the Book Adaptation Rights Market;
· attend all the organized one-to-one meetings during the event.

By accepting the invitation to participate to the Book Adaptation Rights Market, you are also agreeing to follow and satisfy the above conditions.

Producers who are interested in filming literary material, as well as publishers and literary agents, can request more information regarding this event by writing to barm1to1@labiennale.org

The selected publishers and literary agents will be announced in June.

The Book Adaptation Rights Market is co-financed by the European Commission’s MEDIA Fund.


• 80th Venice International Film Festival: 30th August - 9th September 2023
• Venice Production Bridge: 31st August – 5th September 2023
• Book Adaptation Rights Market: 1st – 3rd September 2023

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