Asian Film Market 2019 selects 30 official projects of Book To Film and E-IP Pitching, the main events of the Entertainment Intellectual Property (E-IP) Market, where 15 original books and 15 web contents will be presented at each event. Official selections will focus more on business meetings slated for the 6th and 7th of October with a grand vision to expand and diversify into a one-source multi-use content platform. From this year onward, Korean English consecutive interpretation services will be provided to support the sale of rights for adaptation. Early registration for business meetings will be open on the official website in early September.
New award sponsors have joined: Showbox, a leading financing and distribution company along with Union Investment Partners, a venture capital company focused on content investment. Returning for another year, global web comic platform Tory Comics rejoins as a corporate sponsor. This year, a total of KRW 70 million in grants will be given to winners selected from among all official selections. Winners will be announced at the E-IP Awards Ceremony after business meetings wrap up.
Book To Film: Remarkable performance of short stories, eye-catching themes and unique characters
The 8th edition of Book To Film is a meeting place for publishers and film and video industry insiders who wish to negotiate contracts for the original property rights of video and film production content. Among last year’s selections, GOSIMAN (Macaron(Kyobo Book Center)) signed TV drama production contract and A Week Before I Die (Goldenbough) made a contract for the adaptation into TV series and film. Book To Film titles will surely ignite interest in the industry with an increased demand for secondary rights.
In particular, the performance of short stories stood out this year along with works selected from the many submissions that featured subject originality and unique characters.
E-IP Pitching: Envisioning with contents acclaimed for well-structured storyline and a new set of vision
The 5th edition of E-IP Pitching, launched in 2015, will serve as a marketplace that introduces original content from web dramas, web novels and web comic adaptable by entertainment industry professionals that can fit across multiple media platforms such as film and media. The accomplishments of last year’s E-IP selections have been astonishing as the story Good Job(All That Story) is set to be published this year, while Devil School (Youthmeans) will be published in series as a web novel. In addition, the web comic Kingmaker (Toyou’s Dream) made a contract for the adaptation into TV series.
This year’s selections have a solid story structure and originality in ideas that are clearly fit with film and series adaptation. Thus, these selections are being watched with keen interest to be provided in a variety of platforms.