Logo V2

Welcome to OPEN UP - The BCBF Skill Box, the new completely digital environment where professions, skills and cultures come together to create unique opportunities for exchange - and especially - growth.

Sales are now over. You can still browse the archive with the programme of LIVE and ON DEMAND international conferences, masterclasses, webinars, portfolio reviews, workshops and special projects that brought together sector specialists and the very many players making up the world of children's content, in the framework of BCBF 2022.


International Kids Licensing Days

Two days - 24 February and 21 March – in hybrid digital and in-person mode taking a close look together with sector players at Kids Licensing, today a major international industry focus.


How to Self-Publish in Italy and Abroad

A half-day conference on the variety of publishing paths available to aspiring authors,
led by speakers from across the globe, looking at the Italian market and beyond, with impressive experience in publishing, marketing and selling.


Call your Agent: How to Become a Successful Literary Agent

A half-day training conference aimed at those who are thinking of a career in literary representation or are in the early stages of working in this area.


Talking Translation: Translators Talk Poetry

Taking verse across borders and generations: challenges and opportunities.
With the rise in popularity of both creating and enjoying poetry and the spoken word, top voices in literary translation debate the challenges they face in keeping original voices and tone as they open up the opportunities of different languages and markets for the originator.


"I didn't do my homework because...". How a fib became a publishing success story

"I didn't do my homework because..."  Meet the four people involved in an international publishing success: Davide Calì (author), Benjamin Chaud (illustrator), Debbie Bibo (agent and publishing consultant), and  Naomi Kirsten (Chronicle Books editor).


Children’s Book Design

It takes more than a great text and great illustrations to make a great children’s book. Making an outstanding, elegant, beautiful book requires the special skills of the book designer.


How to Sell Rights and Understand Licensing in Children’s Books

This training event ensured that you understand the cornerstone of copyright, and the essential steps of rights selling, whether you are starting off, or considering a career in rights; are in your first year or two and wish to consolidate the basics; you work in contracts or related areas, or you are a self-published children’s author.