Work in Progress

The Work In Progress session screens excerpts from European films in post-production to sales agents, festival programmers, distributors and funds.

The Work-in-progress, what is it?

The Work in Progress is a presentation of about 15 European projects at a post-production stage, selected by Frédéric Boyer, artistic director of the festival and the team. The excerpts are screened during the Industry Village in a cinema at 2000m height.



The call for the work in progress for the 2022 edition will open soon, and close around mid-October. In case you're already wondering if you can apply to the work in progress, here is the eligibility criteria : 


  • fiction, animation or documentary with a minimum length of 70 min, currently in post-production
  • the production should be mainly European
  • the project should have no sales agent attached 
  • it must be the first presentation of the project in a WIP session


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In 2021, the Work in Progress session of Les Arcs Film Festival presented 15 feature film projects selected throughout Europe. This event is intended to help projects in post-production to find sales agents, distributors and festival premieres, and is part of the Industry Village events, which gathers the Coproduction Village and the Talent Village for projects at development stage, as well as the Music Village.

8 projects selected are directed by women, which represents 53% of the selection. We received 164 projects submissions, of which 38% are directed by women.

18 countries are represented in the selection, including coproduction countries.

The selected Work in Progress projects for Les Arcs Industry Village 13th edition of the festival are:

  • DOGBORN* directed by Isabella Carbonell (Sweden) produced by Momento Film (Sweden)

  • EISMAYER* directed by David Wagner (Austria) produced by Golden Girls Film (Austria)

  • EMBRYO LARVA BUTTERFLY** directed by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus) produced by AMP Filmworks (Cyprus) and Graal SA (Greece)

  • JANUARY directed by Viestur Kairish (Latvia) produced by Mistrus Media (Latvia), Artbox (Lithuania) and Staron Film (Poland)

  • KRZYK (LOSING CONTROL)* directed by Ewa Wikiel (Poland) produced by the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (Germany)

  • MATADERO** directed by Santiago Fillol (Spain) produced by 4A4 Productions (France), El Viaje Films (Spain), Magoya Films (Argentina), Nina Films (Spain) and Prisma Cine (Argentina)

  • NIKA* directed by Vasilisa Kuzmina (Russia) produced by Vodorod (Russia) and Art Pictures Studio (Russia)

  • OPPONENT** directed by Milad Alami (Sweden) produced by Tangy (Sweden) and Ape&Bjørn (Norway)

  • PREPARATIONS FOR A MIRACLE** directed by Tobias Nölle (Switzerland) produced by Hugofilm Features (Switzerland) et Flare Film (Germany)

  • SILVER HAZE directed by Sacha Polak (The Netherlands) produced by Viking Film (The Netherlands) and Emu Films (Great Britain)

  • STRANGER IN MY OWN SKIN* directed by Katia de Vidas (France) produced by Wendy Production (Great Britain)

  • SUMMER TO COME** directed by György Mór Kárpáti (Hungary) produced by Proton Cinema (Hungary) and Café Film (Hungary)

  • THE MECHANICS OF THINGS** directed by Alessandra Celesia (Italy) produced by Films de Force Majeure (France) and Dirk Manthey Film UG (Germany)

  • THE ORDINARIES* directed by Sophie Linnenbaum (Germany) produced by Bandenfilm (Germany), ZDF (Germany) and Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (Germany)

  • WHEN IT MELTS* directed by Veerle Baetens (Belgium) produced by Savage Film (Belgium), PRPL (The Netherlands) and Versus Production (Belgium) – Out of Competition / In Partnership with Flanders Image

The projects marked by (*) are feature debuts, those marked by (**) are 2nd features.


The selected projects competed for three awards:

  • TitraFilm Award

The award consists in 10.000 euros of post-production services image and/or sound.

The award is granted to the project Opponent directed by Milad Alami.

A special mention to Silver Haze by Sacha Polak.

The jury was composed of Florence Almozini (Programmer at The Directors' Fortnight), Kevin Chan (Co-Head of Acquisitions at MUBI) and Mimi Plauché (Chicago IFF Artistic Director).

The Jury’s motivation to this grant is the following:
"The Award goes to Opponent by Milad Alami for its dynamic compelling visual language and the film’s use of wrestling and its physicality to explore the thematic of freedom."

"Special mention to Silver Haze for its striking cinematography, and the way director Sacha Polak works with the actors to elicit emotionally resonant performances and create complex authentic characters."

In the past, this award has been granted, among others, to Clara Sola by Natalie Alvarez Mesen (2020), Benni by Nora Fingscheidt (2018) or Girl by Lukas Dhont (2017)


  • Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award

Les Arcs Industry Village has the pleasure to collaborate with Alphapanda to provide an award oriented towards digital film marketing. The projects were eligible to the Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award, which attributes to one project an award of 5 000€ - composed of 600€ of advertising spend and 4 400€ in-kind to develop a digital marketing strategy and implement a social media campaign around the awarded film’s festival premiere.

The award is granted to the project Stranger in my own skin by Katia De Vidas.

The jury was composed of Didar Domehri (Maneki Films founder and producer), Mathias Noschis (Film Marketing Strategist and Founder of Alphapanda) and Joanna Solecka (Film Marketing & Social Media strategist, Audience Design trainer and Head of Alphapanda's office in Warsaw).

The Jury’s motivation to this grant is the following:
"The Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award goes to Stranger in my Own Skin, a moving and inspiring intimate portrait of Peter Doherty. The film puts a light on a complex personality in a new chapter of his life. The jury believes that this story will give audiences hope for a possible change and will touch viewers far beyond music communities."

In the last years, the award was allocated to the project Reflection by Valentyn Vasyanovitch (2020) and The Hill Where Lionnesses Roar directed by Luàna Bajrami (2019).


  • 22D Music Award 

For the first time this year, Les Arcs Industry Village had the great pleasure to collaborate with 22D to provide a prize of 10.000€ for Music Composition. This award will be dedicated to the financing of the production of an original composition (5.000 euros cash and 5.000 euros in the form of an executive production service). The financing will be supported by a follow-up and monitoring at the music publishing level.
The jury was composed of Emmanuel Delétang (22D Music CEO) and Amine Bouhafa (Composer and member of the CNC’s commission for world cinema)

The award is granted to the project Nika by Vasilisa Kuzmina.

The Jury’s motivation to this grant is the following:
"We were touched by this portrait of the Russian poet Nika, masterfully interpreted by the magnetic Liza Yankovskaya. We are convinced that additional work on the music could strengthen even further the depiction of this complex personality."


Frédéric Boyer
Artistic Director

Jérémy Zelnik
Head of Industry

Lison Hervé
Industry Village Projects Coordinator

Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin 

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