Odesa International Film Festival and Book Arsenal announce acceptance of applications for the second Book Pitch

The experts will search for Ukrainian books for future film adaptation as part of the book pitching

The 12th Odesa International Film Festival and the 10th International Book Arsenal Festival announce the second contest of the joint project Book Pitch. The purpose of the book pitching is to find modern Ukrainian books that have the potential for further film adaptations as feature films.

Applications for participation in Book Pitch are accepted from May 13 to June 11 inclusive. After processing, the selection committee will select 8-10 finalists who will be able to present their works to Ukrainian and international investors of the film industry for potential film adaptations. During the 10th International Book Arsenal Festival (June 23-27), there will also be a special program BookWatchers. Within it, pitching training for the literary community will take place. The pitching final will take place at the end of July 2021.

The focus of the 12th OIFF is the cultural DNA of Ukrainians, and literature and cinematographic art are important components of it. The combination of these two layers gives a powerful impetus to the development of the entire national culture. Last year, during the first Book Pitch contest, the film community was acquainted with strong and high-quality works that are worth to get their own film adaptations and become even more famous to a wide range of viewers and readers. Our project is not only an opportunity to convey own creation to the reader and the potential viewer but also to search for innovative ideas and non-standard approaches in cooperation of authors from different fields of art,” the Executive Director of OIFF Anna Machukh notes.

From the very beginning, we planned the project as an annual project and are now extremely pleased to launch the competition for the second time. We believe that this year it will be no less successful and will become a powerful platform for interaction between literature and cinema. For many authors pitching is a truly new experience, so I want to encourage the professional community to apply and not be afraid to look at their works under a new, perhaps somewhat different angle,” the Project Coordinator Tanya Rodionova says.

Literary works of art, published in 2019-2021, with a circulation of at least 1,000 copies, which have the potential for film adaptation (feature story film), are accepted to participate in the competition. Preference will be given to works that have been presented at international festivals and book fairs and/or have won prizes and awards.

You can apply for participation in the project on the site of Odesa International Film Festival at: http://bit.ly/OIFF_Book_Pitch

Read more about the contest on the Book Arsenal website: https://book.artarsenal.in.ua/proyekty/book-pitch/


Odesa International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in Eastern Europe, which annually takes place in Odesa, the cinema capital of Ukraine. This year, the 12th Odesa International Film Festival will be held on August 14-21 and will be dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Independence of Ukraine with a focus on national cinema. Exclusive film premieres, master classes from leading Ukrainian and world film professionals, bright events and events within the framework of the traditional professional section of Film Industry Office will be waiting for the audience.

The International Book Arsenal Festival is a grandiose intellectual event of the Mystetskyi Arsenal, where book, literary, artistic scenes develop and interact, significant issues of human life, as well as society and culture are touched upon and comprehended, determining participants and visitors to a proactive position. The mission of the festival is to create interactions that combine aesthetic experience and intellectual inclusion in the context of the book and enhance the ability of a man and society. In 2021, it takes place for the tenth time.

The Book Pitch project was launched in 2020 by the International Book Arsenal Festival and Odesa International Film Festival. The first contest, which took place within the Film Industry section of the 11th Odesa International Film Festival, was won by Haska Shyyans novel Behind the Back and the novel Daughter by Tamara Horikha Zernia. In general, more than 80 applications from publishers and authors have been submitted for consideration.