Us+Canada in Progress

US In Progress General Info

Experiences in Transcontinental Co-production Round Table with Zach Nutman, Andrew Hevia, Jay Van Hoy, Monique Walton, and Stephanie Wilcox

Organized by the New Horizons Association and running yearly since 2011 in the framework of the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, US in Progress is a unique annual film industry event connecting European buyers and American independent filmmakers. The event also presents Polish co-production opportunities and benefits. This year, in addition to American filmmakers, we are opening the program to Canadian independent filmmakers.

US & Canada in Progress aims to foster trans-Atlantic film industry collaborations and partnerships. The event helps European film professionals to establish working relationships with new emerging American and Canadian film talent in a safe and friendly environment and its objective is to sign distribution and post-production deals. The program also presents benefits and opportunities of co-production with Poland.

US & Canada in Progress presents 7-10 independent American narrative projects in final production stages (with a filmmaker/producer in attendance if the pandemic situation allows for an in-person event). Invite only screenings are attended by a select group of:

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

The program's objective is to help US and Canadian based independent filmmakers complete their projects and to support the circulation and distribution of American and Canadian indie films in Europe.

The projects are selected from online call for entries.

General application requirements for the films are as follows:

  • Production company needs to be US or Canada based.
  • Projects looking for post-production financing, services as well as for sales agents or European distribution should apply.
  • Projects with at least 30 minutes of the footage edited (submission requirement).
  • Films with NO premiere or European sales representation prior to the presentation are eligible.

Formal one to one talks and informal meetings facilitate further networking and exchange. A professional jury selects the best projects to be awarded with post-production and distribution packages from our partners and sponsors and/or cash awards (details to be announced in September).

The last Paris and Wrocław editions attracted more than 60 buyers and producers. (the Paris edition of the event has been discontinued as of 2020)

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

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