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FUNDING Poland

The Polish Film Institute announces production grants

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- Piotr Domalewski, Jagoda Szelc and eight other directors will receive support from the PFI, as will a number of international co-productions

The Polish Film Institute announces production grants
Director Piotr Domalewski, who received a grant for his second film, As Far Away from Here

During its first session of 2018, the Polish Film Institute has decided to grant financial support to a varied group of projects. The biggest subsidy of PLN 4 million (approximately €939,000) was given to Legions (Legiony), directed by Dariusz Gajewski. It’s said to be an epic film set during World War I, depicting the events that led to Poland regaining its independence in 1918. Magnesia (Magnezja) by Maciej Bochniak and produced by Aurum Film (The Last Family [+see also:
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Dark, Almost Night) received PLN 2.5 million (€586,000), Najmro by debutant Mateusz Rakowicz received PLN 2 million (€469,000), while Piotr Mularuk got another PLN 2 million (€469,000) for Waszyński, a biopic of one of the most famous and accomplished Polish directors of the 1930s, who after World War II reinvented himself as a Hollywood producer. In 2017, a documentary film about Waszyński, The Prince and the Dybbuk [+see also:
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, directed by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski, won the Venezia Classici Award at the Venice Film Festival.

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Silent Night [+see also:
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 director Piotr Domalewski, the most frequently awarded filmmaker in Poland in the past few months, was granted PLN 1.931 million (€453,000) for his second film, As Far Away from Here (Jak najdalej stąd). Other Polish projects being supported by the Polish Film Institute are Amateurs (Amatorzy) by Iwona Siekierzyńska (PLN 1.75 million/€410,000), Estate of Polish Eagles (Osiedle Polskich Skrzydeł) by Michał Wnuk (PLN 1.75 million/€410,000), A Ponytail (Koński ogon) by Justyna Łukcza-Salej (PLN 1.35 million/€317,000), and City (Miasto) by Marcin Sauter (PLN 1.165 million/€273,000). The last project to receive support (of PLN 1.15 million/€270,000) is Nur, directed by Jagoda Szelc, whose Tower. A Bright Day [+see also:
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was presented in this year’s Berlinale Forum.

The PFI has a separate budget for international co-productions that include Poland as a minority partner. The supported projects are feature-length fiction, documentary and animated films. Wolka by Arni Asgeirsson, co-produced by Film Produkcja (Gareth Jones), will get PLN 1 million (approximately €234,000); Even Mice Go to Heaven by Jan Bubeniček and Denisa Grimmová, co-produced by Animoon, will receive PLN 803,174 (€188,000); Dockers by Matthieu Serveau, co-produced by Madants (Under the Tree [+see also:
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Pity
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), will be supported with PLN 700,000 (€164,000); and Sunburned by Carolina Hellsgard, co-produced by Staron-Film (Prize [+see also:
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Refugiado [+see also:
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), has bagged PLN 600,000 (€140,000). Other projects that will get grants from the PFI are: The River by Emir Baigazin, co-produced by Madants (subsidy of PLN 420,000/€98,000); The Paths of My Father by Mauricio Osaki, co-produced by Stowarzyszenie Film Kraków (PLN 233,000/€54,000); Skin by Mauro Mancini, co-produced by Agresywna Banda (PLN200,000/€47,000); and Zimba. The Creator of Contemporary Brazilian Theater by Joel Pizzini, co-produced by Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop (PLN 100,000/€24,500).

The deadline for the next minority co-production applications is 31 August.

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