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Shoot the Book! Los Angeles

Shoot the Book! Los Angeles will take place for the third time in LA on November 1-3, 2017. On Novembre 3, a pitch session will take place at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica, as part of the American Film MarketShoot the Book!LA is a unique opportunity for French publishers to present books with strong potential to become Hollywood films or television shows.

Shoot the Book! Los Angeles is organized by the French Embassy’s Mission for Culture and Higher Education in the United States and the Institut Français, with the support of the SCELF (Société Civile des Editeurs de Langue Française) and the BIEF (Bureau International de l'Edition Française). This event is the US version of a similar project that was initiated at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Shoot the Book! LA was created in the US in 2015 as part of the American Film Market.

The main objective of Shoot the Book ! LA is to promote French editors worldwide and to encourage the American adaptation and production of French literary works. For this event, five French publishing houses were selected to participate in the event by a jury composed of American film professionals. This year, the jury includes Bob Bookman (Manager/Producer at Bob Bookman Management), Jacqueline Lyanga (Festival Director at AFI Fest), Andrea McCall (Senior Vice President at Amblin Partners), Mike Medavoy (Chairman and CEO of Phoenix Picture), and Dana Spector (Literary Rights Agent at Paradigm). The program consists of two pitching sessions in front of a professional audience, the first session taking place at the Residence of France and the second at the American Film Market (AFM). Presented with a list of 50 titles, the jury has selected 5 books representing the great diversity of today’s French literary production:

Vintage by Grégoire Hervier, Au Diable Vauvert – represented by Marie-Pacifique Zeltner

Karma City by Pierre-Yves Gabrion, Dupuis– represented by Laurent Duvault                      

Marlène by Philippe Djian, Gallimard– represented by Frédérique Massart           

• Juarez by Nathalie Segeef and Corentin Rouge, Glénat –  represented by Etienne Bonnin

PD137 by Mathieu Neu, Plon– represented by Nathalie Carpentier (C.A.L Agency)         

The books that are presented are chosen for their great potential in becoming screen adaptions and encompass many genres, including thrillers, graphic novels, sci-fi, historical novels, and noir. The sessions are followed by individual and collective meetings organized between the French publishers and American audiovisual professionals.

Other important aims of this program are to create a professional space where French publishing houses have the opportunity to share their ideas with leading American film professionals. This space allows for the internationalization of French literary works and reinforces and promotes the foreign network between French publishing houses and American producers.

CONTACTS– Consulate General of France in Los Angeles:
Anne-Sophie Simenel, Cultural Attachée: culture@consulfrance-losangeles.org
Astrid Le Moine, Press Attachée: astrid.le-moine@consulfrance-losangeles.org