Warsaw - a Film Metropolis

2 March 2017

Warsaw has been for years the unquestioned leader in the production of domestic films. Nearly 85% of Poland’s film industry is concentrated in the Warsaw area. Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission summarises the last year.

The year 2016 set new records in Polish cinemas. Overall attendance soared to 52 million viewers, with 13 million of them, representing 25% of all tickets bought, going to see Polish films. A total of 357 films had their premieres, of which 49 were Polish productions. The national box-office leaders included PitbullNiebezpieczne kobiety (Pitbull: Dangerous Women), which had an audience of 2.7 million, and Planeta Singli (Planet Single), which attracted 1.9 million viewers. Both films were shot in the capital city.

Scores of full-length feature films and television series were produced in Warsaw and environs last year. Films include: Bodo Kox’s "Człowiek z pudełkiem" ("The Man with the Magic Box"), Marta Karwowska’s "Tarapaty" ("The Real Trouble"), Maria Sadowska’s "Sztuka kochania", Paweł Maślona’s "Atak paniki" ("Panic Attack"), Patryk Vega’s "Pitbull, Niebezpieczne kobiety", "Po prostu przyjaźń" ("Simply Friendship"), Ryszard Zatorski’s "Porady na zdrady" ("Advice for Betrayal") Jakub Paczek’s "Reakcję łańcuchową" ("Chain Reaction"), Ewa Bukowska’s "53 wojny" ("53 Wars"), Wieslaw Saniewski and Denis Delic’s "Dywizjon 303" ("Squadron 303"), Michal Wegrzyn’s "Wściekłość" ("Rage"), Pawel Sala’s "Niewidzialne" ("The Invisibles"), and Maciej Zak’s "Konwój" ("Convoy"). Television series include: "Wojenne dziewczyny" (working title "Morowe panny"), "Na noże", "Pakt 2", "Ślepnąc od świateł", "Artyści", "Belfer", "Druga szansa", a pilot for the series "Kaprys losu", and the foreign television program "Perfect Vacation".

In addition partial footage was shot for the following projects: Maciej Pieprzyca’s "Jestem mordercą" ("I’m a Killer"), Agnieszka Smoczynska’s "Fuga" ("The Fugue"), Roberta Grossman’s "Kto napisze naszą historię" ("Who Will Write Our History"), Jan Hryniak’s "Kantor", Mariusz Gawrys’s "Sługi boze" ("Humble Servants"), Aleksander Dembski’s "Szkoła uwodzenia Czesława M.", Robert Glinski’s "Czuwaj", Jaroslaw Marszewski’s "Bikini Blue", Robert Wichrowski’s "Syn Krolowej Sniegu", Juliusz Machulski’s "Volta", Konrad Lecki’s "Wyklęty", Łukasz Ronduda’s "Serce miłości" ("A Heart of Love"), and the TV series "Belle Epoque". Locations in Warsaw and Mazovia were also backgrounds for uncounted music videos, documentary films, film-school shorts, and nearly 2000 commercials.

In 2016 Warsaw municipal officials jointly issued nearly 500 permissions to shoot on location in the city’s public spaces. A significant increase in foreign productions shooting in Poland is expected as a result of the promised financial incentives for the audiovisual sector. A Polish Audiovisual Fund will be created and a 25% refund of qualified costs in Poland will undoubtedly improve the competitive position of the Polish market in the international arena.