59th edition
21-24 March 2022
Bologna - Italy

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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.

With OPEN UP, BCBF has extended its activities over the whole year, offering a programme of LIVE and ON DEMAND international conferences, masterclasses, webinars, portfolio reviews, workshops and special projects, bringing together sector specialists and the very many players making up the world of children's content.

Available from March to July 2021, the events schedule offered over 40 live and on-demand meetings and other initiatives facilitated by more than 2000 professionals. Coming soon: a whole new season of must-attend events.

Discover the events and initiatives of the first edition just ended.


Forging Forward: The Pandemic
An Interruption, or an Opportunity to Rethink?

How the global publishing industry builds the future inclusively, accessibly, sustainably and profitably.
This full day headline conference delivers a thorough understanding of the new challenges facing the global publishing industry, vital in order for companies to forge a secure future.


How To Sell Rights & Understand Licensing In Children’s Books

This training event will ensure 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.


How to Self-Publish in Italy

Self-publishing is fast becoming an accessible and respected route for new and aspiring Italian authors to get their work published. This new online event will guide aspiring authors through the knowledge and initial steps that are required to navigate the self-publishing journey.


Annual Literary Translation Forum

The Forum is designed to create a lasting community of professional translators and those considering a career in this area.



Jackets Off

The masterclass is dedicated to the theme of cover design in the era of digital access, seeking visuals that stay strong across different media.


Machine Translation and Human Creativity

A close look at the characteristics, practice and recent results of machine translation of literary works, with special focus on children’s books. The workshop will be led by prominent sector experts who will take stock of the current situation and consider future prospects in theoretical but also practical terms.  


Meet the Jury

The Jury members will discuss how they went about choosing the illustrations for the 2021 Illustrators Exhibition. 



Inside the kid magazine: Anorak, Internazionale Kids, Zeit Leo

A look at editorial illustration for children: the specifics of content and professional relations between the illustrator and publishers.


Content Reigns Supreme. New Digital Landscapes in Publishing and Licensing.

This special Masterclass combines the rich cross-media expertise of BCBF and BLTF, from publishing through licensing and digital: an intense day of sessions and insights into the main global trends in children’s content development, reserved for professionals in the publishing, licensing, media, and digital fields.


Inside the picture book

How a picturebook is born. How the text relates to the projects, the illustrations to the graphic art, and art to the market? A special double session meeting.



International Kids Licensing Day

Discover in one day the hottest, not-to-be-missed licensing properties for children to re-launch your business, as well as the main trends to follow to re-boost your business. 


Inside the agency

Agents and artist agencies: how they work. An international overview of the profession of artist representative.