US in Progress – 2018

Entry deadline : April 30th, 2018

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The seventhusip edition of US in Progress Paris will be held on 13-15 June 2018. The program, a collaboration between the Champs-Élysées Film Festival and the American Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, seeks to facilitate the circulation of American independent cinema in Europe by bringing Industry decision makers from all over Europe to discover new US filmmakers.

Studio productions often offer a conventional and limited vision of American talents. American independent cinema is in a difficult position, with no public funding for production in the US, no grant for European distribution and no official coproduction agreements between the US and other countries.

US in Progress aims to fill that void by showcasing 8 American feature-films (documentary and fiction) in postproduction to an audience of European sales agents, festival programmers and producers. Every year, our selection strives to represent the diversity and wealth of this American cinema, even its gray areas that continue to surprise us.

Thanks to US in Progress, European professionals, faithful to the program since its inception, have been able to discover new filmmakers such as Joshua Weinstein, Jessica Orek, Nathan Silver, Mike Ott, Benjamin Dickinson, Matt Porterfield, Mike Tully, Daniel Carbone, Leah Meyerhoff, Onur Tukel and many more.

US in Progress also enables the development of lasting relationships/collaborations we are pleased to watch evolve over the years.

We thank all the US in Progress partners for their loyalty and those joining us this year for their support and we wish all the participants of the program a wonderful edition.

US in Progress reveals a new Jury


US in Progress Paris developed a long term collaboration with a wonderful Jury composed of heads of post-production and film promotion, but with Industry Week’s new formula, we decided to challenge a new Jury including a producer (Emilie George – La Cinefacture/Memento Film International), a distributor (Thomas Pibarot – Le Pacte), an exhibitor (Stéphane Goudet – Le Mélies) and a journalist (Vincent Leleurch – Le Film Français). We believe it is essential for the key actors of the industry that are working in every step of a film’s production, to join forces and highlight the strength of American independent films and support thanks to a cash prize of 8000€, one film among the 8 selected projects.

The 8 films selected for this edition

. 512 Hours with Marina Abromovic directed and produced by Giannina La Salvia and Adina Istrate, also produced by Giacomo Boeri (1st documentary)

. For Entertainment Purposes Only directed by Colin Healey, produced by Ian Bell, Dave Schachter, Mary Ashton Burgh, Mark Myers, Jessica Kingdon, Alex Megaro (2nd narrative feature)

. Pahokee directed and produced by Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan, also produced by Maida Lynn (1st documentary)

. Sanzaru directed by Xia Magnus, produced by Alyssa Polk, Anthony Pedone, Kenny Riches (1st narrative feature)

. The Ghost Who Walks directed by Cody Stokes, produced by Daniel Gartner, Frank Mosley, David Johnson (EP) (1st narrative feature)

. The Plagiarists directed by Peter Parlow, produced by James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Paul Dallas (1st narrative feature)

. The Short History of the Long Road directed by Ani Simon-Kennedy, produced by Kishori Rajan (2nd narrative feature)

. This Body, Too directed and produced by Arisleyda Dilone (1st documentary)


US in Progress involves two yearly get-togethers and the next edition will take place in Wroclaw in October 2018 in the scope of the American Film Festival. Call for entries until August 30th ! To submit :

US in Progress is organized by

Chantal LIAN (Champs-Élysées Film Festival/US in Progress) – Organiser / Selection
Marie ZENITER (Champs-Élysées Film Festival/US in Progress) Organiser / Selection
Ula SNIEGOWSKA (American Film Festival – Wrocław/US in Progress) – Selection
Monica SEMCZYK – Selection

Previous editions of US in Progress Paris / Wrocław

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