The San Sebastian International Film Festival has launched the first edition of Glocal in Progress, a new activity aimed at European productions in non-hegemonic languages, such as Euskera. The call for submissions is open until June 30. The event will take place on September 25, 26 and 27, coinciding with Films in Progress 32 and the VI Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum.
Intended for European productions in non-hegemonic languages, Glocal in Progress consists of screening a selection of three feature films at the post-production stage to an audience of producers, distributors, sales agents and programmers, among other professionals, who can contribute to their completion and international circulation.
The objective is to lend greater visibility to European productions in non-hegemonic languages, such as Basque (i.e. not shot in English, French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish), foster collaboration and promote the co-production and circulation of these films. The programme offers an excellent opportunity for the internationalisation of films in the Basque language.
The films selected for Glocal in Progress will compete for the Glocal in Progress Industry Award. Presented by Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim Producciones and No Problem Sonido, this award consists of the post-production services listed in the Award rules for the winning film. The Glocal in Progress Award also comes with a €10,000 cash prize for the majority producer of the winning film of the Glocal in Progress Industry Award.
With this initiative, the Festival strengthens its pledge to the promotion of new films. The Festival first undertook this commitment in 2002 with Films in Progress, a pioneering activity in its day that has enabled the completion of Latin American productions. Since then, the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum has joined the initiative, this time to promote the development of European and Latin American audiovisual projects.
This initiative is made possible by support from the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, the Creative Europe MEDIA, the Basque Government Department of Culture and Language Policy, Deluxe Spain, Dolby Iberia, Laserfilm Cine y Video, Nephilim producciones and No Problem Sonido.