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US in Progress Celebrates Its Second Year at the Champs Elysees Film Festival

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by Sydney Levine
June 7, 2013 3:30 PM
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US in Progress is a joint initiative between the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris and Black Rabbit Film. It is the first and only professional event dedicated to the independent American cinema which happens twice a year – during each festival. Movies that were featured at recent US in Progress events have gone on to be selected for festivals such as Sundance 2013, the Berlinale 2013, SXSW 2013 and Tribeca 2013.

The point of US in Progress is to present American independent films in their post-production phase to potential European buyers in order to encourage their distribution and broadcast across Europe.

Why create an event in favor of the American cinema in European?

There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that today the European market is dominated by American films. But by American films we generally mean big budget films produced by big studios. These films are no doubt entertaining, but they reflect only a portion of what the US is all about. Outside of the big studios, there is a dynamic and interesting group of people making independent films. However, this other, independent, world lacks an efficient international strategy and European buyers are often unaware of the films being produced.

Thus, US in Progress aims at building new bridges between today’s up-and-coming generation of talented American filmmakers and European buyers. In a word, they want to present the new faces of the US cinema to the European market. 

US in Progress Paris will take place during the second edition of the Champs Elysées Film Festival in Paris, on June 13-16 2013. The programme will present 4-6 US indie films in post-production to European buyers in order to achieve completion and to foster the circulation and distribution of American indie films in Europe. The event will take form of two days of intense exclusive screenings (behind closed doors, for registered guests only) and one-to-one meetings.

US IN PROGRESS OFFERS :
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 Travel and accommodation: flight from the US for the producer or director of the selected films as well as 3 nights in Paris for both the producer and the director.

- Networking: a chance to present your project in person at exclusive screening (behind closed doors, for registered industry guests only) to ca. 40 key European buyers
- Direct business opportunities: one-to-one meetings to discuss your needs and strike post-production and distribution deals
- Awards: free services from our sponsors : digital postproduction package by COMMUNE IMAGE & EAUX VIVES, subtitling and DCP by TITRA FILM, Acquisition by the TV Channel CINE+, promotion via Europa Distribution and Touscoprod, Producers Network 2013 invitation…
- Plus pleasures: parties and screenings and further networking at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival

For its second edition within the Champs-Elysées Film Festival in Paris, US in Progress will present four to six selected feature films to about forty potential buyers, distributors, festivals and European producers. It will be the first time any of the selected films are presented to the European market.

Selected Films

Beneath the Harvest Sky by Gita Pullapilly

B.F.E. by Shawn Telford

Children by Jaffe Zinn

Ping Pong Summer by  Michael Tully

- I Believe in Unicorns by Leah Meyerhoff

1982 by Tommy Olivier

Endowments

All of the partners of US in Progress are proud to offer a series of benefits to the winning film:

- Digital postproduction work (2k or 4k) or a cutting room lent by our partner company Commune Image

- The colorimetric software suite Firefly will be at the filmmakers’ disposal and Eaux Vives will coordinate post-production work

- TITRATVS will edit the subtitles and make a DCP in original language with subtitles

- Ciné+ will buy the film and broadcast it on the Ciné+ Club channel

- The movie will be promoted by a network of thirty-five European distributors and the one hundred and ten members of Europa Distribution

- The producer’s name will be added to the Producers Network list (Cannes).

- The film will also be promoted and supported by TousCoprod (the French Kickstarter) and its partners. 

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