'7 Crates' Takes Top Prize at Films in Progress

11:29 AM PST 09/22/2011 by Pamela Rolfe

The Industry Award pays for post-production costs for the unfinished project.

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain – 7 Crates, a Paraguayan film about a delivery boy duped into what sounded like an easy job but turns out a high-stakes chase, was the top winner at the 20th Film in Progress sidebar in San Sebastian.

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The film, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schembori, won the Industry Award, which picks up post-production costs for unfinished film to see it through to completion as a 35mm copy with English subtitles.

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Benjamin Avila’s Also Known As picked up the 10,000 euro Casa de America Award, which aids in post-production costs. The Spanish/Argentine/Brazilian production tells of children forced to grow in clandestine homes and is based on a true story set in Argentina in 1979.

The Films in Progress sidebar, which offers post-production funding for Latin American projects that have finished production, has seen a steady flow of its winners land at the world’s most important festivals. The event is a favorite with buyers who glimpse a peek at promising unfinished projects.

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