Initials S.G. by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia

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US in Progress, the AFF's industry event, will be held for the eighth time (24-26th October), thanks to the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a part of the American Film Festival in Wrocław. We are also proud to announce our partnership with Papaya Films.

US in Progress aims to facilitate professional networking among European and Polish film professionals and independent filmmakers from the United States. It is held twice yearly (June edition takes place in Paris during Champs-Elysees Film Festival).

We are very happy and grateful to team up in this endeavor with Papaya Films under the new name US in Progress powered by Papaya.

Papaya Films is a leading Polish new media production company creating quality internet content and promoting authentic stories that matter. Through their unrivalled passion for strong production and a robust roster of global directors and teams based in Warsaw, London and New York, they have produced award-winning content for television, online, mobile and VR.

US in Progress Wrocław invite-only screenings will feature four projects selected from numerous submissions of independent American feature-length films in final editing stages.

Four of the selected 2018 US in Progress Wrocław projects are directed by women:

  • Crestone by Marnie Ellen Hertzler (presented by the director and producer Riel Roch-Decter)

  • Initials S.G. by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia (presented by producer Ivan Eibuszyc)

  • Knives and Skin by Jennifer Reeder

  • Once Upon a River by Haroula Rose

Four selected Polish producers that will pitch their projects to the US producers and investors:

  • False Positive by Kasia Płazinska (presented by the director and producer Kamil Skałkowski)

  • My Personal Jesus by Ewa Wikieł (presented by the director and producer Simon Lubinski)

  • Neon Tears by Karolina Bielawska (presented by the director and producer Anna Kot)

  • Sara by Jan Komasa (presented by producers Danny Holman and Ludka Kierczak)

As part of the project, Polish post-production companies provide help in the process of completion of independent US productions, while producers learn about the co-production conditions in Poland and meet potential partners in the Polish film industry.

The filmmakers will attend the presentations as well as one-on-one meetings with top European buyers and festival programmers (Rotterdam, Tribeca, Venice, The Festival Agency, Film Constellation, Trust Nordisk, Urban among others).

The 2018 US in Progress Wrocław partners who provide in-kind awards of post-production service packages of combined value amounting to $40,000. They are leading Polish sound and image studios:

Other awards include an acquisition offer from Ale Kino+ tv channel and a free pass to Cannes Producers' Network at the Cannes Film Festival next year.

US in Progress is also a networking opportunity for Polish producers seeking partners from the US. Guest speakers on the 2018 coproduction panel will include:

Sara Murphy (Land Ho!, Morris From AmericaThe Mountain), George Rush (Don't Leave Home, Ghost Box Cowboy, Ping Pong Summer), Ryan Zacarias (MediterraneaDon't Leave Home, The Mountain), and Ivan Eibuszyc (H., Kekshakallu, Mar) and Guillaume Benski (Superbe Films, France).

On top of intense networking and one on one meetings, Polish Film Institute and Adam Mickiewicz Institute as well as Wroclaw Film Commission will present the new tax incentive that Poland is introducing next year and talk about Polish co-production opportunities.

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