France, December, 6th, 2017. Films in Progress, a joint initiative between Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse and the San Sebastian Festival, endeavours to facilitate the completion of rigorously selected independant latinoamerican films. They are facing difficulties in finding their way into the post-production stage.
Since 2002, this double event presents an annual selection of 12 works-in-progress in two sessions: 6 films in Toulouse in March and 6 films in September in San Sebastián.
Films in Progress allows for these films to be finalized, it gives them an international visibility among professionals and promotes their circulation and exhibition.
Films in progress encourages the meeting and cooperation between the producers of the selected works-in-progress and European partners to make the films reach screens and audiences, with more than 300 professionals, amongst the most influential on the European and international level, which take part each year to these two sessions. Films in progress is the unmissing and strategic meeting point with the Latin American films.
In this difficult context and within big transformations, Films in Progress has for objective to contribute in an efficient way, not only to help finishing the selected movies and improve their international enhancement, but also to bring them in the circuit of distribution and marketing. In 2017 the movies supported by Films in Progress have been selected in the main Film festivals, and most of them have been released in France: La novia del desierto by Valeria Pivato and Cecilia Atan (Sélection Un Certain Regard, Cannes, Festival de San Sebastián), Los Perros by Marcela Said (Semaine de la Critique, Cannes, Festival de San Sebastián), La Familia (Semaine de la Critique, Cannes , Festival de San Sebastián), Temporada de Caza de Natalia Garagliola (Settimana Internazionale della Critica di Venezia, Festival de San Sebastián).
Many of contemporary Latin-American directors have been revealed and supported at one point by Films in Progress : Pablo Larraín, Jayro Bustamente, Ciro Guerra, Emiliano Torres, Pepa San Martín, Christopher Murray, Juan Sebastián Mesa, Lorenzo Vigas, Mariana Rondón, Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Sebastián Lelio, Juan Andrés Arango, Amat Escalante, Benjamín Ávila, William Vega… and a lot more.
By involving film professionals capable of contributing to the post-production, and by encouraging distributors and promoters to diversify their offer, San Sebastian and Toulouse hope to develop and strengthen, with as much pragmatism and efficiency as possible, respect for and the promotion of cultural diversity based on a spirit of solidarity and cooperation.