Taiwan’s Book Meets Film Forum is joining forces with Hong Kong Filmart to create a platform to bring the worlds of Chinese film and publishing closer together.

The concept is similar to the tie-up between the Frankfurt Book Fair and Berlin’s European Film Market, which held the “Books In Berlinale” event here yesterday (Feb 14).

The Book Meets Film Forum will attend this year’s Hong Kong Filmart (March 19-22) for the first time, where it will set up one-on-one meetings between production companies and the publishers of 16 selected Chinese books. The forum will also have a stand at Filmart and hold a reception to introduce the forum to the film and TV industry.

The selected books will include the latest graphic novel from Jimmy Liao, The Rainbow Of Time, and short story The Heart Sutra written by Lust, Caution author Eileen Chang.

The forum is also in talks with the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) projects market, which takes place during HK Filmart, to co-organise an event in 2013.

The first edition of the BMF Forum was recently held during the Taipei International Book Exhibition (Feb 1-6). Consultants to the forum include US producer Jeffrey Sharp and Taiwanese producer Lee Lieh.