Gotham in Progress brings the best new US indie films to Wrocław in November
Cannes, Monday, May 15th, 2011
GOTHAM IN PROGRESS, a two-day market event targeted at American independents and European buyers will take place in the scope of American Film Festival in Wrocław, in the south-west Poland, in November. An initiative by New York and Paris based Black Rabbit Film is co-organized by New Horizons Association (organizer of the AFF, and the largest Poland’s International Film Festival – Era New Horizons FF) with the support of City of Wrocław and Polish Film Institute.
GOTHAM IN PROGRESS is the first industry event devoted to US-indies in Europe.
GOTHAM IN PROGRESS’ main focus is on the completion and European distribution of American indie feature films at the post-production stage.
The organizers believe that even though there is a great artistic and cultural potential in American indie movies very few find their way to European audiences. We think that improving the presence of those works in European markets would lead first to a better comprehension of the diversity and wealth of the American culture and people and then to a deeper intercultural dialogue between Europe and the USA.
The objective of GOTHAM IN PROGRESS is to gather European buyers and professionals (distributors, sales agents, festival managers, etc.) in order to expose them to a selection of American independent feature films at the post-production stage.
This get-together will offer US independent feature films marked by the stamp of singularity and independence the opportunity to exist at European festivals and European cinemas through meetings with movie professionals. Members of the different links in the chain leading to the release of these films will be invited to discover them in ideal conditions with the objective to make a decisive contribution towards the success of these projects. The organizers offer a place of direct exchange with professionals as the stepping stone towards reaching new audiences.
The event will take form of two days of intense exclusive screenings (behind closed doors, for the registered guests only) and one-to-one meetings on November 17-19, 2011.
We aim to invite 30 key figures in European acquisition business and offer flights and luxurious hotel in the historical city of Wrocław for 10 producers and/or filmmakers from the US who wish to present their projects in the near-to-completion stage (feature length).
Besides GIP will present a number of works-in-progress as 20-minutes presentations.
Besides the deals resulting from the meetings our sponsors XDC and Studio l’Equipe offer post-production services to the best projects of GIP.
Besides, the second edition of American Film Festival to take place in Wrocław on November 15-20 – the only film event in Central Europe focused on American cinema – will include two competitive sections for narrative and documentary features premiering in Poland (with audience awards of cash prizes of $10,000 and $5,000 respectively) and retrospectives of (Polish-born) Billy Wilder and Joe Swanberg – a prolific talent of mumblecore.