Books & Ideas
By French Culture Team
Shoot the Book! is a program that successfully brings together publishers, producers, talent agencies and studios.
Created at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, Shoot the Book! is a program that brings together publishers, producers, talent agencies, and studios.
Shoot the Book! Los Angeles, launched in 2016, is a platform dedicated to the American market and designed to showcase a selection of cutting-edge IPs chosen for their potential as screen adaptations (film, television, and other digital formats).
During Shoot the Book! Los Angeles, French rights managers spend four days pitching titles selected by a high-profile Hollywood jury, and keynote speakers present the state of the market for adaptations and how, according to the Los Angeles Times, “Hollywood has gobbled up book rights during the pandemic.” An online BtoB market with selected professionals concludes the four-day program.
As of 2020, the online program is open to East Coast professionals.
Shoot the Book! Los Angeles is produced by the French Mission for Culture and Higher Education in the United States (Los Angeles branch) with the support of the Société Civile des Éditeurs de Langue Française (SCELF), Bureau International de l’Edition française (BIEF) and l’Institut français.
Société Civile des Éditeurs de Langue Française (SCELF)
The Société Civile des Éditeurs de Langue Française (SCELF) is a collecting society created in 1960. It represents French book publishers and collects adaptation rights from other French collecting societies on behalf of its members. For the past few years, SCELF has been organizing events and partnerships in order to promote film and TV adaptations and develop the publisher’s role in the exploitation of authors’ rights. Shoot the Book! is the first international event organized by SCELF.
Bureau International de l’Edition Française (BIEF)
Le Bureau International de l’Edition Française (BIEF) works to assist French publishers with international development: assisting with the creation of “French” stands at book fairs, organization of professional meetings in France and abroad, in person or on-line, catalog editing, baseline studies on world markets… Its subsidiary French Publishers’ Agency in New York offers English-language rights serves.
The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.