Running yearly since 2011, US in Progress is a unique bi-annual film industry event connecting European buyers and American independent filmmakers. It is a joint initiative of the Polish New Horizons Association and the French Champs-Elysées Film Festival (in collaboration with New York-based Black Rabbit Film).

Two market-type events take place

-in Paris, France in June (during the Champs-Elysées Film Festival – submissions open till April 20th here)

-in Wrocław, Poland (hosted by the American Film Festival) in October (October 25-29th).

US in Progress aims to strenghten the trans-Atlantic film industry collaborations and partnerships. US in Progress helps European film professionals to establish working relationships with new emerging American film talent in a safe and friendly environment and its objective is to sign distribution and post-production deals. US in Progress presents 4-6 independent American projects in final production stages to:

  • top European buyers (sales agents, distributors and festival programmers),
  • post-production houses

in order to

  • help them reach completion, and to
  • foster the circulation and distribution of American indie films in Europe.

US produced projects are selected from an online (and free of charge) call for entries, open from April 10th till August 15th, 2017 for Wrocław. General application requirements for the films are as follows:

  • Narrative feature projects in post-production stage are eligible.
  • Production company needs to be US based.
  • Films looking for post-production financing, services as well as for sales agent or European distribution should apply.
  • Films with at least 30 minutes of the footage edited and to reach feature format by the presentation date (October 25-28th). If selected, the feature length version of the rough/fine cut will be presented.
  • No excerpts or trailers will be accepted.
  • Films with no US or international premiere nor European sales representation prior to October 25th, 2017 are eligible.

US in Progress is composed of invite-only screenings of the selected 4-6 American feature narratives in rough-cut stage with a filmmaker/producer in attendance (the organizers cover 1 team member’s travel to Poland).

Formal one to one talks and informal meetings facilitate further networking and exchange. Professional jury selects best projects awarded with post-production and promotion packages. During panels and presentations local industry (Lower Silesia and Paris regions) are promoted.

Additionally, the Wrocław edition includes a pitching session of Polish film projects, which accounts for another potential benefit for the Polish film industry.

The last Paris and Wrocław editions attracted more than 60 buyers and producers.

Success stories include:

  • Joshua Z. Weinstein’s Menashe – color corrected in Warsaw’s Fixafilm and premiered at Sundance and at the Berlinale;

3 projects from 2016 editions premiering at SXSW in March 2017:

  • Inheritance by Laura Davis and Jessica Kaye was post-produced at ColorOffOn in Warsaw;
  • La Barracuda by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund benefitted from color correction and deliverables made at Orka Film in Warsaw;
  • Easy Living by Adam Keleman (participant of the Paris 2016 US in Progress).

Read the comments of our alumni and have a look at the press coverage here.


For more details or further information contact Ula Sniegowska, Artistic Director of the AFF: