Poland is no stranger to Indian movies and that’s not surprising. Apart from boasting stunning medieval architecture and wartime monuments, the country has a beautiful natural landscape, which is often eclipsed by its other treasures
Located on the Baltic Sea, Poland is known for its medieval architecture and Jewish heritage. The country’s beautiful scenery has been captured in several movies. Schindler’s List, the Tamil movie 24 and the Hindi movies Fitoor, Fanaa and Kick are some of the movies that have been shot in Poland. There is much more in this architecturally rich and naturally beautiful country that is still unexplored and untouched by the movie camera lens.
Poland is mainly a lowland country. The northern part of the country has a chain of lakes with natural and artificial bodies of water. The coastline offers diverse natural backdrops; lakes to sandy dunes and beaches to cliffs. The country has more than 7,000 lakes. The south comprises a strikingly diverse chain of mountains and uplands featuring towering peaks and countless caves. Waterfalls are a frequent sight on some of the mountains, making it an apt setting for a romantic sequence.
The climate in Poland is continental, with a cold winter, often falling below freezing point. The country is blessed with four seasons. Autumn lasts between September and October. The temperature during this time rises up to 5 degrees Celsius and later to 15 degrees Celsius with mild chills. The climate in the capital is colder than in countries in the North and in the West.
Here, the summer feels like 24 degrees Celsius. If you plan for a shoot where you want to cover rain and breeze at the same time, then summer is a suitable season to visit Poland. Spring starts in March, with a frosty start where temperatures fall to 7 degrees Celsius and suddenly rise to 13 degrees Celsius, with mild snow and ends in pleasant temperatures at the end of May.
SHOOTING IN POLAND
Film Commission Poland is focused towards the growth of the Polish film industry as well as assisting in promoting its culture and landscape in international markets. If you want to make a movie in Poland or want to partner with Polish producers, Film Commission Poland is the first point of contact.
The commission provides highly qualified producers working in the genres of feature film, documentary and commercial. They have a highly qualified team of producers and co-producers which actively contributes to audio-visual productions and can help other international filmmakers in their respective projects.
Alvernia Studios is a private film studio in the southern part of Poland. The studio is involved in the making of feature films, national and international co-productions. Its high-end facilities include three sound stages, a film dubbing theatre with Dolby Premier Studio Certification and a fleet of mobile production and shooting units.
The ATM Group is Poland’s largest television producer. It boasts high-end cameras, sound and lighting equipment.
The Documentary and Feature Film Studios is Poland’s largest state-owned film producer. It provides full production services and produces feature and documentary films.
The Polish Film Institute carries out statutory tasks related to state policy in the field of cinema. Among its other duties, it is responsible for creating favorable conditions for the development of Polish film productions and international co-productions. The institute provides subsidies and loans to entities operating in the fields of film production, education and the promulgation of film culture, the development of cinemas and the international promotion of Polish films.
The Polish Film Institute supports international film producers at every stage of the making of a film. The institute also allocates money for activities such as:
Preparing the financial plan and set documentation
Searching for investors and co-producers
Writing the script
Creating the storyboard
Producing a pilot or trailer
The remaining funds required for the project’s development for international producers must come from other sources such as the project’s producer, co-producer, sponsor and/or investor.
The Private Finance Initiative grants subsidies for feature and documentary films where the subsidies should not exceed more than 50 per cent of the planned cost. International producers are requested to add 5 per cent of their planned cost before applying for production funds. The 5 per cent by the international producers should be done in kind.
A foreign producer planning to produce a film independently in Poland must complete the necessary formalities and fulfil the obligations set out with respect to entrepreneurs under Polish law.
Poland has entered into a bilateral co-production agreement with India. According to this agreement, the Polish co-producers’ financial contribution has to be a minimum of 20 per cent upto 80 per cent. The contributions, from the creative and technical departments, are required to be in proportion to the parties’ share in the budget of the movie. Projects that are implemented within the framework of the agreement can be multilateral co-productions with third-party countries which have entered into individual agreements with India.
With the participation of foreign producers, the international production requirements are supported by The Polish Film Institute. The support is limited to the development and production of film projects. Minority co-productions, which have more than two producers, have the responsibility of spending 80 per cent of the funding in Poland. A minimum artistic contribution is also stipulated. In the case of a minority co-production, it is essential that a feature film engages at least one Polish artiste from the following fields: production designer, cinematographer, editor or composer. Also, the distribution of the film must be confirmed at least by a letter of intent from a Polish distributor.
A valid passport is required for travel to Poland, which belongs to the Schengen Area. In order to enter the area, Indian citizens need a Schengen visa.
Poland has 13 airports providing domestic and international passenger transport services. The largest and most important is the Fryderyk Chopin Airport, which is located in Warsaw. It is connected to 30 countries in Europe and around the world.
Poland’s primary carrier is LOT Polish Airlines. Other renowned airlines also operate in Poland such as Lufthansa, Emirates Airlines, and British Airways to name a few. There are connecting flights such as Air China, Jet Airways, and Kuwait Airlines that fly to Warsaw via Brussels, Munich, and Zurich respectively.
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