Work In Progress

Les Arcs Work In Progress, what is it?

© Claire Nicol


The Work in Progress is a presentation of European projects in post-production. Around 14 projects are presented during a special screening during the Industry Village. 7 to 8 minutes of excerpts of each project are screened in front of industry professionals (sales agent, distributors, festival programmers…) by their teams. They're selected by Frédéric Boyer, Artistic Director of the festival, and the executive team.


The call for projects usually runs from end of August until mid-October. Exact dates TBA for 2024. 



For its 15th edition, Les Arcs Work in Progress will present 13 feature film projects in post-production. This event is designed to help projects that are in post-production to find international sales agents and distributors. In total, 181 projects have been received and considered and the selection includes 17 different countries. In this year’s final selection, 7 projects are directed by women and 6 by men. The selection comprises 8 first films, 4 second films and 1 film from a more established director. 17 countries are represented in the final selection, coproduction countries included.

In the list below, the project marked by (*) are debuts, those marked by (**) are second features.

  • 🇩🇰 ACTS OF LOVE** by Jeppe Rønde (Denmark), produced by Paloma Productions (Denmark)
  • 🇭🇺 HOTEL ORION** by Zoltan Moll (Hungary), produced by Zoltan Moll (Hungary) and Odesa Films (Hungary)
  • 🇸🇮🇮🇹🇭🇷🇷🇸🇫🇷 LITTLE TROUBLE GIRLS* by Urška Djukić (Slovenia), produced by Spok Film (Slovenia), Staragara I.T. (Italy), Izazov 365 (Croatia), Nosorogi (Slovenia), Non-Aligned Films (Serbia) and Sister Productions (France)
  • 🇳🇱🇧🇪 PARADIJS* by Bobbie Koek (Netherlands), produced by FIXY (Netherlands) and A Private View (Belgium)
  • 🇫🇷🇧🇪 PEACHES GOES BANANAS by Marie Losier (France), produced by Tamara Films (France) and Michigan Films (Belgium)
  • 🇩🇪 THE DOCTOR SAYS I'LL BE ALRIGHT BUT I'M FEELING BLUE (wt)** by Mascha Schilinski (Germany), produced by Studio Zentral (Germany) and ZDF - Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (Germany)
  • 🇸🇪🇪🇪🇫🇮🇧🇪 THE SWEDISH TORPEDO** by Frida Kempff (Sweden), produced by Momento Film (Sweden), Amrion (Estonia), Inland Film Company (Finland) and Velvet Films (Belgium)
  • 🇱🇹 TOXIC* by Saulė Bliuvaitė (Lithuania), produced by Akis Bado (Lithuania)
  • 🇺🇦🇧🇪 U ARE THE UNIVERSE* by Pavlo Ostrikov (Ukraine), produced by ForeFilms (Ukraine) and Stenola (Belgium)
  • 🇷🇸🇭🇷🇸🇮 WIND, TALK TO ME* by Stefan Djordjevic (Serbia) produced by Non-Aligned Films (Serbia), Katunga (Serbia), Restart (Croatia) and Spok Film (Slovenia)
  • 🇨🇿🇸🇰🇭🇷 YEAR OF THE WIDOW* by Veronika Lišková (Czech Republic) produced by Cinémotif Films (Czech Republic), Kerekesfilm (Slovakia) and Pipser (Croatia)
  • 🇫🇷 ZION* by Nelson Foix (France) produced by De L'autre Côté Du Périph (France) and Kissfilms (France)

In the frame of the partnership with Flanders Image, one project is presented out of competition: 

  • 🇧🇪🇳🇱 YOUNG HEARTS* by Anthony Schatteman (Belgium), produced by Polar Bear (Belgium) and Family Affair Films (NL) 

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Please note that the call for projects usually runs between September and October. This year it has closed on October 18th, 2023.



The selected projects competed for three awards:


The selected work-in-progress projects are eligible for the TITRAFILM Award, worth €10.000 in image/sound post-production services. The jury in 2023 was composed of Paul Ridd (recently appointed Edinburgh FF Director and former Head of Acquisitions at Picturehouse Entertainment), Fien Troch (Director, notably of Holly, selected in Competition in Les Arcs) and Annina Wettstein (Festival Programmer).

The award was granted to Little Trouble Girls by Urška Djukić (Slovenia), produced by Spok Film (Slovenia), Staragara I.T. (Italy), Izazov 365 (Croatia), Nosorogi (Slovenia), Non-Aligned Films (Serbia) and Sister Productions (France).

The jury’s motivation for this grant is the following: “We chose a film which demonstrated from a small sample of striking images a powerful magnetism of imagery and ideas. We were impressed by seeing a ferociously intense, beautifully staged and performed scene of intimidation. Then a bold juxtaposition of images - a belly button match-cut to a rose infiltrated by a bee - demonstrated the film's visual ambition and boldness. The project's impressive combination of fearlessness and cinematic poetry, its clarity of theme and form spoke to us and moved us immensely. We cannot wait to see the finished film.”

A special mention went to the project Wind, Talk to Me by Stefan Djordjevic (Serbia) produced by Non-Aligned Films (Serbia), Katunga (Serbia), Restart (Croatia) and Spok Film (Slovenia) with the jury’s motivation:  “We would like to give a special mention to Wind, Talk To Me, a film that is clearly taking a risk by being so daring and personal, and which feels like a truly effective hybrid, pushing a certain kind of distinctive cinematic language forward in an exhilarating way.”

In the past, this award has been granted, among others, to Rossosperanza by Annarita Zambrano (2022), Opponent by Milad Alami (2021), Silver Haze by Sacha Polak (special mention - 2021), Clara Sola by Natalie Alvarez Mesen (2020), Benni by Nora Fingscheidt (2018) or Girl by Lukas Dhont (2017).


  • Alphapanda Audience Engagement Award

For its fifth aniversary, Alphapanda gave to one project an award of €6,000 - composed of €800 of advertising spend and €5,200 in-kind to develop a digital marketing strategy and implement a social media campaign around the awarded film’s festival premiere. All films participating in the Work in Progress are eligible, subject to shortlisting.

The award went to the project ZION by Nelson Foix (France) produced by De L'autre Côté Du Périph (France) and Kissfilms (France).

The jury members were Frédéric Mercier (Film critic for Positif), 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 for this grant is the following: “The winning film tackles with intelligence and sensitivity the very current topic of masculinity. Its powerful format and story give it potential to have a major industry impact but also to reach audiences far beyond cinephile groups. The jury was very impressed by how the director pictures on screen a side of Guadeloupe that we have never seen before, taking us to a unique paradise, a paradise called... ZION.”

In the last years, the award was allocated to the projects Veni Vidi Vici by Daniel Hoesl & Julia Niemann (2022), Stranger in my own skin by Katia De Vidas (2021), Reflection by Valentyn Vasyanovitch (2020) and The Hill Where Lionnesses Roar directed by Luàna Bajrami (2019).


  • 22D Music Award 

For the third time, Les Arcs Industry Village has the great pleasure to collaborate with 22D to award a prize of €10,000 for Music Composition. This award is dedicated to the financing of the production of an original composition (€5,000 in-kind and €5,000 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 eligibility of the projects will be assessed by the Industry Village and 22D teams. 

In 2023, the awarded project was The Swedish Torpedo by Frida Kempff (Sweden), produced by Momento Film (Sweden), Amrion (Estonia), Inland Film Company (Finland) and Velvet Films (Belgium).

The award was attributed by a jury composed of Carole Baraton (International Sales Agent and founder of Charades) Emmanuel Delétang (22D Music CEO) and Delphine Malaussena (Composer and 2023 recipient of the Female Score Composer Revelation Award).

The jury’s motivation is the following:  “We were quite impressed not only by the cinematography of the footage but could as well envision a very singular woman character portrait through personal and historical troubled times, a quest which is still relevant in the contemporary world. Moreover we understand that the musical intentions are very ambitious and the music work has already been well thought out at the writing stage which is quite rare.” 

This award was granted in 2022 to the project Hunters on a White Field by Sarah Gyllenstierna and in 2021 to the project Nika by Vasilisa Kuzmina.



The call for the Work in Progress for the 2023 edition closed on October 18th, 2023.


A quick reminder of the eligibility criterias: 

  • 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 Work in Progress session.

Please note that in order to assess the projects we ask for a preview link for some scenes of the film. We ask for 10 minutes material, but can also assess from a whole rough cut - it is however advised to prepare and send us 20 to 30 minutes of excerpts. All material sent must be English or French subtitled, and scenes, no teasers. 


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Frédéric Boyer

Artistic Director

Jérémy Zelnik
Head of Industry

Lison Hervé
Industry Village Program Manager

Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin 
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