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American Fest in Poland to Offer US Filmmakers European Exposure & Cash

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 22, 2011 at 10:35AM

In its second year, the American Film Festival in Poland’s historic Wroclaw introduces "Gotham in Progress," one of the first industry events devoted solely to US indie films in Europe. GIP will provide an industry showcase for 5 US indies in rough-cut, chosen from submissions. These films will benefit from a special gathering of 30 European distributors, sales agents, producers and fest programmers to consider investing finishing funds as well as their customary services.
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In its second year, the American Film Festival in Poland’s historic Wroclaw introduces "Gotham in Progress," one of the first industry events devoted solely to US indie films in Europe. GIP will provide an industry showcase for 5 US indies in rough-cut, chosen from submissions. These films will benefit from a special gathering of 30 European distributors, sales agents, producers and fest programmers to consider investing finishing funds as well as their customary services.

The deadline for "Gotham in Progress" submissions is October 1, with the selection announced on November 1. GIP will take place November 17- 19 with private screenings and a series of one-on-one meetings between the selected 5 filmmakers and buyers.

A jury of industry professionals will chose one film of the 5 to be awarded a post-production package consisting of a digital master (DCP) and subtitling and post services, provided by AFF sponsors, XDC and Studio L’Equipe, respectively. In addition, sound and graphics for opening and closing credits donated by Mac’Tari France and Poland’s Alvernia Studios. Total post services value: $40,000. Two plane tickets and 4-star hotel accommodations added to top it off.

"Gotham in Progress" is an initiative of New York and Paris based Black Rabbit Films and New Horizons Association. The latter produces Poland’s largest annual international film fest, New Horizons IFF as well as its young sister, the American Film Festival. To submit a rough-cut, go to www.blackrabbitfilm.com or www.AmericanFilmFestival.pl.

Submission is free.

The second edition of American Film Festival unspools November 15 - 20. The only ongoing Polish film event focused on American cinema will offer narrative and documentary competition sections with Audience Awards of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. In addition to area premieres, both competitive and not, the program will feature retrospectives of classic and contemporary American directors.