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1982 wins US In Progress top prize

Event, hosted by Champs-Elysées Film Festival, aims to find European distribution for upcoming US fare.

Tommy Oliver’s [pictured] drama 1982, about a father’s efforts to protect his daughter from the impact of his wife’s crack cocaine addiction, has won the top prize at the US In Progress showcase in Paris.

The event, hosted by the Champ-Elysées Film Festival, showcased five films in post-production by upcoming US independent filmmakers.

Shawn Telford’s BFE, following the adventures of a terminally ill old man and his grandson as they look for a way to end the former’s life, was given a special mention.

It is the second time the Champs-Elysées Film Festival has hosted the progress event.

Last year’s winner A Teacher by Hannah Fidell went on to premiere at Sundance and was subsequently picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories for the US. It will be released in the US in September.

The US in Progress winner receives a host of post-production services as well as help with subtitling and a deal with broadcaster Ciné+.

US In Progress is a joint intiative between the American Film Festival in Wroclow, Poland, the Champs-Elysées Film Festival and Adeline Monzier’s Black Rabbit Film. 

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