Poland’s Alvernia Studios, which aims to be a one-stop shop for filmmakers, has teamed up with Dutch producer San Fu Maltha’s Fu Works Prods. (“Iron Sky,” “Jade Warrior”) to launch a production incentives program to encourage international producers to take their projects to Poland.
The companies are looking to co-produce two to three pics a year, with budgets of up to €3 million ($4.01 million), contributing up to 50% through a services-based investment.
Projects must be English-language genre pics and be suitable for mainstream international distribution. Pre-production must be completed, with director and lead cast attached. European locations will be considered for the shoot, but post must be carried out at Alvernia’s facilities.
President and creative director Stanislaw Tyczynski said, “This new partnership emphasizes our confidence in the strength of post-production facilities and wealth of talent we have to offer at Alvernia Studios.”
Anna Rozalska, head of production at Alvernia, is at the AFM to meet with potential co-production partners.
“I’ve been meeting with sales agents and producers, strengthening Alvernia’s relationships, as well as identifying new partnership opportunities and projects for the next few years that could be financed and co-produced by Alvernia Studios using our facilities,” she explained to Variety.
Rozalska is looking for thrillers, supernatural thrillers, horrors and sci-fi titles. She is willing to be flexible about the budget level, as long as the filmmakers are open to shooting or post-producing at the studios.
Headlining Alvernia’s slate is “Magnitude 9,” which it is producing with Brett Ratner’s RatPac. Pic, which is written and to be directed by Agnieszka Vosloo, is a modern version of “Madame Butterfly” – a tragic love story set against the 2011 tsunami in Japan. It is out to actors, and the producers are seeking a high-profile U.S. cast, Rozalska said.
Alvernia’s credits include Nicholas Jarecki’s “Arbitrage,” starring Richard Gere, and Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Essential Killing.”
Rozalska has been a regular attendee at the AFM – this is her fifth year — and although she visits L.A. regularly, the market has particular attraction.
“AFM is like one-stop shopping, where we can get a lot of business done with European, Asian and American companies that we may not meet regularly in person, and this market allows us to come together,” she said.
Filmmakers will find everything they need at Alvernia, Rozalska said. “It offers an all-encompassing array of services, from production right the way through to post-production. The studios’ comprehensive services are delivered by an experienced, professional, international team and include state-of-the-art technologies. Our soundstages include the world’s largest shadeless spherical blue screen, music scoring studios, mobile units, full-shooting equipment, and Poland’s biggest range of motion capture system, utilizing ultramodern Vicon cameras.”