One of the best opportunities for American independent filmmakers to finance the post-production and distributions stages of their projects occurs in Wroclaw, Poland during the American Film Festival taking place October 23-25. The event titled U.S in Progress Wroclaw aims to showcase U.S independent feature films that are in the final stages of production in order to match them with European buyers, post-production services, and festivals to assure their exposure and success in the international film markets. In order to allow more projects to enter, the organizers have extended the deadline to September 4th, 2013, and there is NO entry fee.
The application requirements for the films are the following:
- Narrative only (no documentaries).
- Expected duration minimum 60 minutes (feature-length).
- At least one Production Company needs to be US-based.
- Films looking for completion money, services, sales agent or European distribution. Film with no US or international premiere
- Film with no international sales agent attached
- Only one film in post-production per Production Company can be submitted.
- At least 30 min of the film edited by September 4th, to reach feature format (rough or final cuts) by 5th Oct. Please note: Once selected the project has to be presented in full in the near-to-completion stage (feature length) on October 23-25 in Wrocław.
5 selected filmmakers will have the chance to present their projects to around 25 key European buyers. Besides the contracts that can results from the event, a jury will award post-production services from several European partner companies.
The awards are:
- DI service worth $10,000.00 at Platige Image (Warsaw),
- DI service worth $10,000.00 at DI Factory (Warsaw),
- Postproduction services up to the value of 10 000 $ (excluding processing of camera negative and/or digital intermediate negative, 35mm filmout) at Alvernia Studios (Krakow),
- Soundtrack composed by Maciej Zielinski worth $10,000.00, or effects and ambient sounds editing at Soundflower Studio (Warsaw),
- Complete foley work at Soundplace (Warsaw) worth $10,000.00,
- Digital master (DCP) from DCinex (Belgium) worth $5,000.00,
- Subtitling from VSI (Paris) worth $3,000.00,
- Promotion services from Europa Distribution,
- Free registration at Producers Network during Cannes Marche du Film.
Opening in theaters on September 6th, Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, is one of the projects that have benefited from the invaluable exposure provided by U.S in Progress. Other recent films presented there include I Used To Be Darker by Matt Porterfield, American Milkshake by David Andalman (Sundance 2013), Hide Your Smiling Faces by Daniel Carbone (Berlinale Generation, Tribeca), Bluebird by Lance Edmands (Tribeca, Karlovy Vary), Jason Cortlund& Julia Halperin's Now, Forager: a Film About Love and Fungi (Rotterdam, New Directors/New Films, Gotham Awards nominee), Amy Seimetz's Sun Don't Shine (SXSW, Edinburgh IFF, Gotham Awards nominee) and Devyn Waitt's Not Waving But Drowning (Sarasota FF, world sales by French sales agent).
This is the 3rd edition from Wroclaw. Paris' Champs Elysees Film Festival partners with this in their July event. The first edition three years ago showed a film called Now, Forager. I share the co-directors', Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, new update here so that filmmakers can see that with continuing efforts, life of the film is enhanced by having shown as a work in progress. Now, Forager was picked up by New Europe Film Sales for international sales after its screening in Wroclaw and now
Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin, the co-directors report: "We're still busy showing Now, Forager at festivals and theaters across the U.S. and internationally. It’s been an amazing run. We wanted to share some exciting about the film’s digital release with The Orchard - starting with an iTunes launch on August 27th (in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, and Poland). Download Now, Forager (HD or SD) here starting this Tuesday: <https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/id679935144>
We've also launched a Now, Forager store on our official website where folks can buy the DVD, posters, t-shirts (and maybe a few other items in the future), directly from the filmmakers: <http://nowforager.com/buy>
The great word of mouth we’ve received from fans and supporters has made this possible. We hope you’ll continue to help us spread the word to like-minded friends who believe that small, well-crafted films are still wanted, needed, and appreciated!
Love and fungi to you all!
Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin
Directors, Now, Forager
“Two Thumbs Up!” - Roger