An appeal to support the „We are coming back to the cinema” campaign
The return of viewers to cinemas after their opening and improvement of the image of this place - these are the main objectives of the promotional campaign being prepared. The director of the Polish Film Institute Radosław Śmigulski appealed in a letter to television broadcasters for media support.
MOJEeKINO.PL arthouse cinema platform is starting
A platform connecting dozens of arthouse cinemas - MOJEeKINO.PL will be launched on May 21. Cinemas which activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic will present their repertoires. The project of the Arthouse Cinema Association was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Film sets and outdoor cinemas can operate from 18 May
Resumption of work on film sets, taking into account the sanitary requirements and enabling the operation of outdoor cinemas, including drive-in ones – these activities, inter alia, were in the third stage of lifting the restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic. The decision was made at a meeting of the Governmental Crisis Management Team. As emphasized by the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage prof. Piotr Gliński, the current lifting of some restrictions is to enable the maximum safe return to partial activity of people of culture, which should also have a positive impact on their economic situation.
45. Polish Film Festival in Gdynia postponed to the next year
Due to the prevailing epidemiological situation in the country and government recommendations regarding the organization of mass events, the 45th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will not take place in 2020. Such a decision was unanimously taken by the Organizing Committee of the Polish Film Festival on May 20 this year.
New safety rules on the film set
There are new safety rules on the film set, which were published in connection with the possibility of resuming work from May 18. The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage provided detailed guidelines.
We know the jury of the Krakow Film Festival
Jan Komasa, Leszek Możdżer, Łukasz Żal, Magdalena Łazarkiewicz - are on the jury of competitions of the 60th Krakow Film Festival. The festival, which will last from May 31 to June 7 and in full will be held online began selling tickets.
The film „Hater. Suicide room” wins at Tribeca Film Festival!
Jan Komasa's film „Suicide Room. Hater” won the Best Narrative Feature award at the International Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival in the USA. This is the first Polish film that not only managed to participate in this prestigious competition for foreign films, but also to win it.
The 60th Krakow Film Festival is entirely online
For the first time, films participating in the 60th Krakow Film Festival will be screened not at cinemas, but at online screenings throughout Poland. In addition to documentary, animated and short feature films from around the world, there will be shows of the latest and most important Polish productions.
Polish films in the Hot Docs competition in Toronto
As many as four Polish images were included in the program of the largest documentary film festival in North America - Hot Docs in Toronto. Three of them were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. This include the latest film by Eliza Kubarska and Monika Braid - „Wall of shadows".
Polish film with an award at the Visions du Réel Festival
The film „An ordinary country" directed by Tomasz Wolski won an award at the Visions du Réel Festival. The Polish documentary won in the category for the most innovative medium-length film.
„Corpus Christi” awarded at a festival in Brazil
The film by Jan Komasa - „Corpus Christi” won the Grand Jury Award and the Critics' Award at the Brazil International Film Festival (BIFF). This one of the most important festivals in this country, due to the coronavirus pandemic, was entirely online for the first time.
Kulmeet Makkar, CEO of the Producers Guild Of India, has died
Kulmeet Makkar was an architect of recently signed Memorandum of Understanding initiating the co-operation between Polish and Indian film industry.
Contribution from VOD broadcasters to Polish cinematography
Thanks to the efforts of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, prof. Piotr Gliński, the update of the anti-crisis shield that was being prepared, included records regarding 1.5% of the revenue collected from broadcasters of on-demand audiovisual media services - the change which was long-awaited by the film community.
TFL Co-Production Fund and TFL Audience Design Fund are waiting for applications
Until April 28, you can apply for funding from the TFL Co-Production Fund whereas applications to TFL Audience Design Fund can be submitted a little longer, until June 15 this year.
Karlovy Vary IFF is waiting for films
Only until May 1, you can submit recent or post-production films to participate in the 55th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. One week shorter, until April 24, a call for the Eurimages Lab Project Award is underway.
Call for Ex Oriente Film and East Silver Market has started
Documentalists can apply to the Ex Oriente Film 2020 training program by April 30. Those interested in the East Silver Market, accompanying the Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava, have more time to submit their films.
PFI ANNOUNCEMENT of 07.04.2020: Scholarships for filmmakers
As a result of the work of the cinema crisis team, the Director of the Polish Film Institute, Radosław Śmigulski, in cooperation with the Polish Filmmakers Association, the Polish Film Academy, the Polish Directors Guild and the Association of Artists for Rzeczpospolita, established a program to support film professions.
A call for FEST - Pitching Forum has started
The call for applications for FEST - Pitching Forum is ongoing until April 20. This is a unique opportunity to present your project to selected producers, distributors, funds and investors.
Calls for International Industry Programs are underway
We invite you to participate in the accompanying programs Marché du Film in Cannes, Producers on the Move and Producers Network, as well as in First Cut Lab Poland.
Call for submissions for the Venice Gap-Financing Market
Until April 30 this year Venice Production Bridge accepts applications for the 7th edition of Venice Gap-Financing Market. The event will take place from September 4-6, 2020, during the 77th Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12, 2020). The Venice Gap-Financing Market is a platform designed to support producers in obtaining financing sources through individual meetings with potential co-producers, sales agents, distributors, representatives of funds.
Report on the work of the crisis team in the cinematographic industry
Scholarships for creators who are in a difficult financial situation, changes in the Cinematography Act and the Act on financial support for audiovisual production, numerous amendments introduced to PFI Operational Programs and a number of initiatives implemented by working teams.