Book awards take page from big screen


LONDON -- The relationship between books and moviemaking took on a new dimension in the U.K., as the winning films for the inaugural Book Video Awards unspooled Thursday evening.

Run by THR sister publication the Bookseller in conjunction with Random House Group, and the National Film and Television School, the Book Video Awards feted three aspiring filmmakers who made a 90-second "trailer" for a new novel.

The winners are Felix Weidemann for his trailer for "The Outcast" by Sadie Jones, Catia Peres' trailer for "The Monsters of Templeton" by Lauren Goff and Chamoun Issa's trailer for "Small World" by Matt Beaumont.

The winning filmmakers were selected by a panel of judges that included NFTS director Nik Powell, whose production credits include "Mona Lisa," "The Crying Game" and "Little Voice."

Random House Group managing director Peter Bowron described the project as a "groundbreaking" experiment.

It is the first project to pull together a publishing group, a retailer and one of the U.K.'s leading film schools.