Poland

Funding bodies

Fund goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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The Film Fund provides support for feature and documentary projects. Preference is given to projects that directly promote the city of Gdynia, its landscape, history or related maritime themes and have a positive impact on the local market.

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The goal of the Krakow Regional Film Fund (Regionalny Fundusz Filmowy w Krakowie) is to provide financial support to film productions associated with Krakow and the Malopolska Region that may contribute to the tourist and economic promotion of the region and the building of its positive image.

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Following its many-year film tradition, Łódź perceives the film production in the area of the City as one of major ways of promoting its potential. The film production financial support is both to encourage audiovisual undertakings in Łódź and to provide financing, which might be in many cases...

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The Lower Silesian Film Fund was established in 2008. The main goal of the Fund is to provide financial support for film production linked to Lower Silesia and Wroclaw, which may contribute to the tourist and economic promotion of the region and to its positive image creation through the location of...

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The Lublin Film Fund (Lubelski Fundusz Filmowy) Lublin is preparing to implement its regional film fund in the near future(FUND TO COME. NOT WORKING YET)

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Mazovia Film Fund supports feature films, documentaries or animated productions, connected with the region, as a co-producer with financial contribution.

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The Film Fund provides funding for the production of feature, documentary and animated films. Financing is available to projects related to the region through their shooting location or participation of local individuals and enterprises.

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Financial support to the production of films associated with the West Pomerania Voievodeship with particular reference to the cities of Szczecin and Koszalin which may contribute to the cultural, tourist and economic promotion of the region and build its positive image; films with an important artistic...

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Established in early 2005, The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has the aim to support national film industry in Poland at all stages of film production, and helps promote Polish films in Poland and abroad.

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Regulation

Visas are not required by visitors from the following countries for visit up to 90 days: European Union, Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.

No work permit is required from EU or EEA citizens. Unless otherwise stated in international agreements, production crew members from other countries must obtain a work permit from the regional ‘voivod’ (Polish: Wojewoda) authorities.Certain professionals – including musicians and actors (up to 30 days) - are allowed to work in Poland without any additional permits.

Generally, it is possible to film in any location. The most common solution is to sign fixed term lease agreements with clearly stated conditions of use. Unless specified in a fixed tariff, rent is negotiable.Permission often has to be obtained from property owners or local authorities before filming can commence (and they have the right to refuse). It is highly recommended to apply for any permits well in advance, as certain procedures need to be finalized 30 days prior to shooting. Official procedures may be time-consuming, for instance for permission to film in the street. When applying, the producer must attach a plan for traffic reorganization and cordoning off of the area.When planning to shoot in decrepit buildings or in ruins, a positive safety report must be commissioned for persons accessing the area in order to obtain a permit to film.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit http://www.kig.pl

VAT standard rate is 23%. Reduced rates of 8% and 5% for certain products and services. If the annual turnover is less than PLN 150,000 (about 34 500 EUR), the owner of the business is exempt from VAT registration. Reports must be filed monthly or quarterly with the VAT Authorities, with the report and payment being made by the 25th day of the month following the period relevant to the report. Poland VAT Recovery Time: 6 months Potential 1% increase to 23% VAT in Poland

Polish law distinguishes two types of copyright: - moral rights (personal rights – “osobiste”) which protects the relationship between the author and the work. They are permanently assigned to the author, do not expire and are inalienable. In other words, they cannot be transferred to other persons. - and property rights (“majatkowe”) that allows the author to benefit from his work in exchange for remuneration. The author may transfer all of his/her property rights, or a specified range of these rights to other persons. The producer acquires the rights to a film by concluding transfer-of-property rights contracts with the co-creators of the film: the director, cinematographer, screenwriter, set designer, costume designer, special effects director and composer. Typically, authors sign both the specific work contract and transfer-of-property rights contract. But, in case of a finished work, such as a script, it is only necessary to sign the transfer-of-property rights contract. The scope of acquired rights depends on the content of the concluded contracts. The transfer of all property rights does not deprive the author of the exclusive right to decide on the implementation of the so-called derivative copyright, e.g. the development of the film image. In Poland there are collective copyright management organizations, which bring together artists, performers, producers as well as radio and TV broadcasting organizations under their aegis. Their task is to protect the copyright entrusted to them, to enforce these rights by managing them as well as to collect fees from the users of copyrighted materials and to pay royalties to the authors of these materials.

Social security rates for 2011: Employers: 9.76% for old age pension, 4.50% for disability insurance, 1.80% for health and maternity insurance, 0.67% to 3.60% depending on the type of business activity, for industrial injuries insurance, 0.10% to contribute to the warranted employees’ claims fund (FGSP), 2.45% to the labour fund (FP). Employees: 9.76% for old age pension, 1.50% for disability insurance, 2.45% for health and maternity insurance, 9.00% for health insurance.

Several insurance companies offering film production insurance do operate in Poland. The choice among them is not very extensive, but insurance rates are fairly affordable.

  • In case of damage of the equipment, clothing or set decorations, the insurer will cover the costs of replacement items and costumes, as well as renting replacement equipment in working order or arranging the new film set. The protection afforded by the insurer compensates for the losses caused by interruption of production due to adverse weather conditions or incapacity (e.g. sickness, accident) of the key actors.
  • Also available are insurance policies protecting the media containing the footage as well as liability insurance against third party personal injuries and property damage.
  • Completion Bond and Errors & Omissions insurance policies are offered as well. These are already useful at the film distribution phase, protecting the producer in cases of unintentional copyright infringement.
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Film commissions

Warsaw

Through close cooperation with the Polish network of regional film funds and local film commissions, the Film Commission of Poland can facilitate the following tasks throughout Poland: efficient search for appropriate locations; effective help in obtaining access to these locations; effective help in...

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Krakow

Krakow Film Commission can bring all city locations into a movie, providing support during film production and on the set. Even more so as it is the operator of the Krakow Regional Film Fund, to which you can also apply for financial support. Krakow Film Commission assists in securing rights to locations...

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Lodz

Lódz Film Commission - a member of AFCI - Association of Film Commissioners International is the first such unit in Poland. Its major task is to provide filmmakers with full assistance.

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Wroclaw

The primary goal of "Odra Film" is dissemination of film culture.

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Warsaw

MWFC is a regional, free of charge service to support national and foreign film crews that are interested in shooting in Warsaw, Plock, Radom, Ciechanow, Ostroleka, Zyrardow, Pultusk... or other areas of the Mazovian voivodship.

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Poznan

Poznań Film Commission (PFC) is a film office of the City of Poznań operating within the structures of “Estrada Poznańska” [the Poznań Stage] - a Poznań institution of culture. Its main task is to facilitate the organization of film, television and commercials production in Poznań.

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Katowice

Silesia Film Commission is engaged in the dissemination and promotion of projects supporting film culture and film activity. It is a cultural institution of the Silesian Provincial Government. Its tasks include the development of the Silesian Film Fund, with special emphasis on Silesia Film Commission,...

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Wrocław

WROCLAW FILM COMMISSION is a regional film commission which supports companies and individuals interested in making films in Lower Silesia. We have a wide range of unique locations and close connections with the local film-making industry. We provide support in all activities related to project realisation...

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