You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Global shooting hot spot: Poland

American Film Market 2011: Territory Report -

Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest comes from partnering with foreign producers and, increasingly, from Polish pubcaster coin.

With nearly $40 million disbursed annually for 40 or so features, the institute, along with a dozen regional film funds, has become the country’s major development player. Its newly created department of international co-productions is the place to find out if a project from abroad could suit a local shingle and thus go forward with funding help.

To qualify for a Polish Film Institute grant, you must partner with at least one Polish producer. Such pics can get 50% of the subsidy before or during shooting, 40% in post, 10% after filing a financial statement but must spend 80% of the pic’s budget in Poland.

Young filmmakers on the rise seem to be everywhere and are increasingly working with foreign partners. In a typical arrangement, Andrzej Jakimowski, whose debut, “Tricks,” won dozens of kudos, is putting final touches on “Blind Watching,” the working title of a Polish-French-Portuguese co-production with U.K. involvement.

Crew depth is more than adequate for two major simultaneous features (five with various budgets were in production in October with nearly a dozen more in post).

Among the major facilities is Alvernia near Krakow, which specializes in sound — with a full orchestra on call — plus post and vfx. It’s prepping these for “Arbitrage,” a Wall Street thriller by Nicholas Jarecki.

Other big studio players are Warsaw’s sprawling WFDiF, with soundstages, TV studios and modern post and vfx; and Opus Film, in Lodz, with four soundstages and a reputation for impressive sets.

As for relative discounts, Polish crews are about 30% cheaper than those of Western Europe and just as valued for their experience.

RESOURCES
Polish Film Institute
Warsaw Film Festival’s CentEast market

More Film

  • Oscars: Netflix, Errol Morris Defy Convention

    Oscars: Netflix and Errol Morris Defy Convention With Hybrid Doc 'Wormwood'

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • It

    Movie Ticket Prices Edge Down Slightly to $8.93 for Third Quarter

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • Progression Image 3 of 3: Final

    Morelia: Toons Bookend the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • "Chappaquiddick," "Logan's Syndrome" Headline Carmel Film

    "Chappaquiddick," "Logan's Syndrome" Headline Carmel Film Festival

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • Nicole Sexton

    Entertainment Industry Foundation Selects Nicole Sexton as President, CEO

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • Shape of Water

    Napa Valley Film Festival to Proceed as Planned in Aftermath of Fires

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

  • Trump Harvey Weinstein Same Person Illustration

    Are Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump the Same Person?

    Poland has the most robust pic production sector in the former East bloc, thanks in large part to its film-funding system, based on taxes on tickets, distribs and TV revenues. This coin, administered through the Polish Film Institute since 2005, drives most local filmmaking, although it provides for only a portion of budgets. The rest […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content