Films in Progress is a professional platform which supports the production of Latin American feature films by contributing to their completion and international distribution. Organised jointly by the San Sebastian Festival and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, Films in Progress is a rendezvous held twice yearly to foster meeting, dialogue and interaction between Latin American and European film professionals, promoting the diversity and talent of independent moviemakers.
Among the films to have participated in the last editions of Films in Progress in San Sebastian and Toulouse, also presented as part of San Sebastian Festival’s Horizontes Latinos section in 2018, are Familia sumergida by María Alché, previously presented in Films in Progress 32 and winner of the Horizontes Award, also selected for Cineasti del Presente at the Locarno Festival; Los Silencios by Beatriz Seigner, winner of the Cooperación Española Award, previously selected for Un Certain Regard at the last Cannes Festival after landing the Toulouse Films in Progress Award; Ferrugem / Rust by Aly Muritiba, winner of the Films in Progress 32 Industry Award, selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance; Marilyn by Martín Rodríguez, a project selected for the III Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum followed by Films in Progress 31, selected for the Panorama section of the Berlin Festival, 2018; and Enigma by Ignacio Juricic, a participant in Films in Progress 31.
Furthermore, the films Temporada by André Novais and Luciérnagas by Bani Khoshnoudi, presented in Films in Progress 33, were selected for the Official Competition at the Rotterdam Festival 2019, while Temporada was also selected for Cineasti del Presente at the Locarno Festival in 2018. From the last edition of Films in Progress in San Sebastian, Lucía Garibaldi’s first work, Los Tiburones, was selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the last Sundance Festival, where it picked up the Best Director Award.
Films in Progress 35 received the submission of 168 films from 17 countries. The selection committee of the Toulouse and San Sebastian festivals have singled out six films, three of which are first works.