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Shoot the book! Los Angeles at the American Film Market

Institut français

The second edition of Shoot the book! Los Angeles will take place during the 2016 American Film Market.

Shoot the book! was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. It consists in a pitching session during which rights directors from French publishing houses present books chosen for their potential as screen adaptation for films, television and other digital formats, in front of an audience of film professionals. Since its first installment at the heart of France's biggest film event, Shoot the book! has contributed with constant success to creating closer connections between French content and film professionnals.

Today, 50 % of Hollywood's most successful films and TV series are based on books. LA's edition of Shoot the book! is therefore an opportunity, both for the great diversity of French literature to gain visibility and for film and TV professionnals to acquire new ideas and content. After the first and very successful edition of Shoot the book! in Los Angeles last year, the second edition will take place on November 3 & 4, 2016, and is organized by the Civil Society of French language Publishers (SCELF), the Office for cultural Affairs of the French Embassy and the Institut français. The objective is, this year again, to create a long lasting network between French publishers and American film professionals, and to offer exclusive opportunities and innovative content to the US market.

Over the last decade, Los Angeles has become one of the most important creative hubs in the world, and a prominent place for the book and film worlds to meet. The wealth and diversity of French literary production, in constant renewal, offers producers invaluable material for films that go on to meet great public acclaim. Recent adaptations of french books, wether it be graphic novels or narrative fiction, have shown their ability to become box-office successes. In this first field, after The Snowpiercer (2013, by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho), both audiences and critics await the 2017 release of Luc Besson's Valerian, based on a French iconic graphic novel and notably starring Dan DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen and Ethan Hawke. Also eagerly awaited, the adaptation of Laurent Binet's novel HHhH, praided by the New York Times as one of the literary highlights of 2012 and now beingadapted by the Weinstein company with an international cast including Rosamund Pike, Jason Clarke and Mia Wasikowska in the leading role.

The book-to-film potential of French literature has not only received public and critical acclaim, but has been recognized by international film festivals. Blue is the warmest color by Abdellatif Kechiche won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. More recently, based on French author Philippe Djian's novel Oh..., the film Elle, directed by Paul Verhoeven has been chosen to represent France at the 2017 Oscar Academy Awards. In this context, the second installment of Shoot the book! LA promises yet again to showcase the best of French and Francophone literature to the American film and TV industry.

The books that will be presented at Shoot the book! LA have been chosen by an outstanding jury of professionals: the selection committee is composed of Bob Bookman (Senior motion Picture and television agent, Paradigm), Franklin Leonard (film executive, founder of The black List), Andrea McCall (Senior Vice-President, DreamWorks Studio) and Howard Rodman (President, Writer's Guild of America West).

Presented with a list of 24 titles, the jury members have selected 5 books representing the great diversity of today's french literary production:

- The paris lawyer by Sylvie Granotier, Albin Michel

- Mary's Diary by Alexandra Echkenazi, Belfond

- Jazz Maynard by Roger & Raule, Dargaud

- The deep sea Diver's Syndrom by Serge Brussolo, Denöel

- The Great Silence by Loup Durand, Plon

Representatives from these leading publishing houses will come to Los Angeles to present those titles along with another title of their choice from their catalogue. This selection encompasses many genres, from thrillers to graphic novels, sci-fi, historical novels or noir, and definitely brings out the dynamism and innovation of french literary creation today.

The event unfolds as a one-hour pitching session during witch the publishers will have 3 minutes to present their titles, followed by a Q&A with the event's moderator, Steven Gaydos, Vice President and Executive Editor at Variety. The pitching session will be followed by a networking reception. The french publishers will also be conducting individual meetings as well as visiting production companies and talent agencies during their stay in Los Angeles.