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Radoslaw Śmigulski(left), general director of the Polish Film Institute, hosted Friday’s Polish Party at Plage du Goéland in Cannes, where the guests included Marche du Film director Jérôme Paillard.

“It was a pleasure to host great filmmakers and film industry representatives at the Polish Party in Cannes, which was one of the many events promoting the talents, locations and the funding possibilities in Poland, including the 30% cash rebate,” said the PFI’s Smigulski.

Among those in attendance were Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian, Locarno Film Festival programming head Mark Peranson, and Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival program coordinator Anna Purkrabkova, programmer Martin Horyna, and programmer Lenka Tyrpakova.

“There is a lot of interest in Polish cinema right now,” said producer Klaudia Smieja of Madants, gesturing around the packed terrace where guests huddled, danced and downed Polish vodka to stay warm on a cold, soggy night.

Smieja, who produced Agnieszka Holland’s Berlinale player “Mr. Jones” and Claire Denis’ Toronto selection “High Life,” has a number of projects at the Marché du Film this year, including “Other People,” the feature debut of director Aleksandra Terpinska, which Madants is co-producing with Paris-based Alcatraz Films (Palme d’Or winner “Blue is the Warmest Color”).

“People are asking about this cash rebate system, how it works,” she said. “They are asking because they are hungry to hear about successful projects that have delivered to market using the cash rebate.”

Krzysztof Solek of Film Poland, who’s wrapping production in Ukraine on the spy thriller “Legacy of Lies,” said there’s been a noticeable shift this year. “For the past eight years I’ve been coming here, before the cash rebate, the first question is, ‘What is the incentive structure?’ And that was almost always the end of the conversation,” he said. “Now, when you say 30%, you can have a conversation.”

He added: “Before I had to knock on doors and call everyone. And now they’re calling me.”

 

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From left, Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival program coordinator Anna Purkrabkova, programmer Martin Horyna, programmer Lenka Tyrpakova, production director Petr Lintimer and executive director Krystof Mucha. 

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Actress Kashmira Shah (left), with Polish Film Institute general director Radoslaw Śmigulski.

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From left: director Olga Chajdas, producer Stanisław Dziedzic (Film Produkcja), actress-producer Lena Gora, and Śmigulski.

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From left: cinematographer Wojciech Staroń, producer Małgorzata Staroń (Staron-Film), producer Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz (Aura Films), Polish Film Institute head of international relations Robert Baliński and Śmigulski.

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Actress-director Alessandra Carrillo (left), with Stefan Laudyn, director of the Warsaw Film Festival.

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From left: Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian, Polish Film Institute general director Radoslaw Śmigulski, and Berlinale programming head Mark Peranson.