Films in progress submission 39

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Deadline for presenting a work-in-progress:
January the 20th 2021


Films in Progress 39 will take place the 25 and 26 March 2021, as part of the professional platform of Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse. The pioneering support system for Latin American films in post-production now benefits from the commitment of Toulouse and Lima film festivals, which take place in two countries and two continents, therefore reaffirming the importance of cooperation between Europe and Latin America.


Films in Progress endeavours to facilitate the completion of rigorously selected independent Latin American feature films, which, though completed, are having difficulty in finding their way into the post-production and distribution stages. This double event presents an annual selection of 12 works-in-progress in two sessions: 6 films in Toulouse in March and 6 films in Lima in August.


Given a complex and highly changing filmmaking environment, Films in Progress offers to contribute to the completion of the selected films with pragmatism and efficiency, and exposes these films to an international visibility among the professional community to facilitate their circulation and distribution. Films in Progress propels the meeting and cooperation between the directors and producers of the selected projects and accredited professionals to enable the films to reach screens and audiences.


Despite the very special circumstances that the world is going through as a result of the pandemic, Lima Film Festival engaged with enthusiasm and determination alongside Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, in the sharing of the values of solidarity and the challenges that established Films in Progress. Films in Progress is an unmissable meeting with Latin American films and upcoming talent-bearers of new perspectives.


Given the active sanitary measures linked with the Covid-19, we cannot foresee the conditions under which this next edition will take place. Be that as it may, we are preparing for a combined physical and virtual format to cope with all situations and not to harm the Latin American filmmakers already very affected by the consequences of this crisis.


The committees of Toulouse and Lima will jointly select the six films that will be presented.


Since the beginning of 2002, 215 films have been presented to an audience of assiduous and loyal professionals in 38 sessions.


Once finalised, over half have been selected in various sections of prestigious international festivals such as Cannes (27 films), Berlin, Venise, San Sebastián, Sundance, Locarno, Rotterdam, among others.


In 2020, in spite of the adverse conditions:

  • Sin señas particulares (Mexico) by Fernanda Valadez recieved the Audience Award and the Special Best Screenplay Jury Award in Sundance, in the category World Cinema Dramatic Competition and the Horizontes Award in San Sebastián. It will be distributed in France by Bodega.
  • Memory House (Brazil) by Jõao Pedro Miranda (Distributors and Exhibitors Award in Films in Progress 37, March 2020) was part of the official selection of the 73rd Cannes Film Festival, bearing the label “Cannes 2020”, and then participated in Toronto and San Sebastián, among others.
  • Blanco en blanco (Chile) by Théo Court was presented in Rotterdam, Voices Voices Main Programme after its world premiere in Venise, section Orizzonti, winning three awards.
  • 50 o dos ballenas se encuentran en la playa (Mexico) by Jorge Cuchi was in competition for the Week of the Criticism in Venice.
  • Karnawal (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, France) by Juan Pablo Félix, was presented in Toronto, then selected to compete in Tallinn, Estonia.


Many of the talented Latin American filmmakers have been discovered with their first films and aided by Films in Progress: Pablo Larraín, Jayro Bustamente, Ciro Guerra, Emiliano Torres, Pepa San Martín, Christopher Murray, Juan Sebastián Mesa, Lorenzo Vigas, Mariana Rondón, Alejandro Fernández Almendras, Sebastián Lelio, Juan Andrés Arango, Amat Escalante, Benjamín Ávila, William Vega, Marcela Said, Niles Attalah, Nicolas Pereda, Ana Katz, Celina Murga, Federico Veiroj, Diego Lerman, Kyzza Terrazas, Marialy Rivas, Manuel Nieto, Benjamín Naishtat, Cristián Jimenez, Pablo Agüero, Rubén Mendoza, Sofia Quirós, Jorge Riquelme, Theo Court, Beatriz Seigner, Paz Fabrega, among others.


By bringing together film professionals capable of contributing to those films’ post-production, Toulouse and Lima promote cultural diversity in a spirit of solidarity and cooperation.



Four prizes will be awarded in Film in progress 39:
  • The Films in Progress Awards consists in a provision of post-production services offered by prestigious associated organisations: a residence in Paris by the Activités Sociales de l'énergie, the coordination of the post-production from Eaux Vives Productions, service provision in image post-production from French Kiss Studio - Saraband, audio post-production from Studio Mactari, as well as technical works from TitraFilm.
  •  The Ciné + Award consists of the pre-purchase from the French distributor of the winning film for its distribution by Ciné +
  • The European Distributors and Exhibitors Award results in the promotion of the film through Europa Distribution network, composed of 120 members, and the CICAE will promote the film on its social networks and will systematically inform its 2,000 members of the film. This will raise awareness of the film and enable its diffusion through its availability in the video library on Cinando.
  • The Films in Progress Projeto Paradiso, Brasil No Mundo Award,  consists in a global grant of 10.000 $ for the completion of the post-production and internationalization of the Brazilian film·s selected in Films in Progress, Toulouse.



  • The feature films presented must be a minoritaire or major latin american production
  • The presented version must have a duration equal to or longer than 60 minutes
  • The films must be in post-production (at least first cut)
  • The version presented for selection must be subtitled in English or Spanish if not spoken in Spanish
  • The registration is free of charge
  • The inscription have to be done online: here 
  • Dead line : January the 20th 2021

Exceptionally and given the consequences of the pandemic in the film making process, this year we will be accepting projects that are still being shot.


  • In the case that the film is selected:

    • the director and the producer must be present in Toulouse from 23 to 27 March 2021, as far as allowed by sanitary conditions
    • the film must be subtitled in English
    • the projection format will be Blu-Ray (provide 3 copies) in the case of a physical format and a digital file will have to be submitted in the case of a virtual format
    • Results will be communicated by early March 2021




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