The Films in Progresscompletion financing initiative of the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouseand the Donostia-San Sebastian International FilmFestival has announced the six titles participating in the upcoming 9thedition March 23-24 in Toulouse.

The films, chosen from 67entries from across Latin America and Spain, will screen for companies and festivals whichcould play a decisive role in helping the films reach the general public.

The Toulouse and San Sebastian festivals represent separate yet overlappingeditions of the initiative each year. Two of the titles in the new line-up for Toulouse previously screened in the 8th editionat last September's San Sebastianfestival. Likewise, last year three of seven Toulouse titles went on to participate in Films in Progressin San Sebastian.

This year's Toulouse titlesare: Enrique Fernandez and Cesar Charlone's El Bano Del Papa,about the villagers of a Uruguayan border town scheming to profit off anexpected visit by the pope (second full-length provisional cut; first screenedin San Sebastian) andGustavo Pereira daSilva's Sao Paulo-set A Casa De Alice,about a working-class woman in her forties dealing with life's hardships.

FromEcuador, Anahi Hoeneisenand Daniel Andrade's Esas No Son Penas,tells the tale of five school friends who reunite years later (new version;screened in San Sebastian); Mexican Ruben Imaz's Familia Tortuga aboutone man's dedication to his family; Argentine Marcelo Pavan'sLa Punta Del Diablo, about anArgentine neurosurgeon who moves to a remote Uruguayan seaside town afterreceiving a piece of shocking news; and Oscar Cardenas' Rabia, a story of a young Chileanwoman's at times surreal job search.

A new prize has beencreated by the CICAE (Confederation Internationaledes Cinemas d'Art et Essai),together with Kodak, MacGuff Ligne,Mediavision, Titra Film andTelerama magazine to provide the winning film withmaterial support including a subtitled 35mm copy and marketing support from arthouse cinemas in France.

Films in Progress hashelped launch the careers of a number of renowned films, including 2005 Cannesscreeners Blood (Sangre)by Amat Escalante and Cinema, Aspirin And Vultures (Cinema, Aspirina E Urubus) by Marcelo Gomes, and other well-receivedtitles like Carlos Sorin's Minimal Stories (Historias Minimas) and Tristan Bauer's Blessed By Fire (Iluminados Por El Fuego).