The Polish Film Institute carries out statutory tasks relating to state policy in the field of cinema. Among its other duties, it is responsible for creating favourable conditions for the development of Polish film production 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.
Film Production and Film Project Development Department
tel. +48 22 421 05 77, fax +48 22 421 05 82
International Relations Department
tel. +48 22 421 04 03
Department of Film Culture Dissemination and Promotion
tel. +48 22 421 01 56, fax +48 22 421 01 62
Financial and Accounting Department
Public Relations Department
tel. +48 22 421 01 89
MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE
MINISTERSTWO KULTURY I DZIEDZICTWA NARODOWEGO (MKiDN)
00-071 Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17
tel. +48 22 421 02 51, fax +48 22 421 01 31
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is the government department responsible for culture and national heritage at the central level.
KRAJOWA RADA RADIOFONII I TELEWIZJI (KRRiT)
01-015 Warsaw, Skwer Wyszyńskiego 9
tel. +48 22 597 30 42, +48 22 597 30 37, fax +48 22 597 31 80
The National Broadcasting Council is the state body responsible for freedom of speech on radio and television, for maintaining the independence of broadcasters and for protecting the interests of listeners and viewers. Its tasks include the issuing of licences for the broadcasting of programmes, determining the conditions under which broadcasters may conduct their operations and exercising oversight of their activities.
The National Film Archive is a state cultural institution. It is responsible for the protection of the national cultural heritage in the field of cinema and for the promulgation of film culture. The organisation is a member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). The Archive’s holdings of films and documents number amongst the most extensive in Europe, containing more than 100 000 films, 26 000 film-related books and 25 000 film posters, as well as screenplays, shooting scripts, film stills and other priceless archival materials. The National Film Archive also runs the Arthouse Cinemas Network.
NATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL INSTITUTE
The National Audiovisual Institute is a state cultural institution. It is responsible for collecting and archiving Polish audiovisual heritage and for providing access to its holdings. The Institute runs NinAteka, an online library of audiovisual and audio materials from its own archives and from film studios, television, cultural institutions and producers. It also releases CDs and DVDs and publishes biweekly.pl, an online magazine devoted to culture.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is engaged in the international promotion of Polish culture and establishing cultural collaboration with other countries. It also runs the national Creative Europe Desk.
There are also state cultural institutions in Poland which, apart from working to carry out their particular missions, function as film studios, namely, the Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych) and Audiovisual Technology Centre (Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych; CETA), or as producers, in the case of KADR Film Studio (Studio Filmowe KADR), TOR Film Production (Studio Filmowe TOR) and ZEBRA Film Studio (Studio Filmowe ZEBRA).Some cultural institutions reporting to local authorities also have an additional function as operators of the Regional Film Funds, in the case of Odra-Film, the Gdynia Culture Centre (Centrum Kultury w Gdyni), the Mazovian Culture and Arts Centre (Mazowieckie Centrum Kultury i Sztuki), Poznań ‘Estrada’(Estrada Poznańska), the Krakow Festival Office (Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe), Silesia Film and the Pomeranian Dukes’ Castle in Szczecin (Zamek Książąt Pomorskich w Szczecinie) and/or as cinema operators, in the instances of Max-Film, Silesia Film and Film-Art.
CREATIVE EUROPE DESK POLAND
PUNKT KONTAKTOWY PROGRAMU KREATYWNA EUROPA w POLSCE
Al. Ujazdowskie 41 (corner Wilcza st.), III floor, 00-540 Warsaw
tel. +48 22 44 76 180, mob. +48 600 900 676
Creative Europe programme is a European Union initiative. As a continuation of
the MEDIA programme, it supports the work of entities in the audiovisual sector.
The national Creative Europe Desk in Poland is run by the Adam Mickiewicz
Eurimages is the Council of Europe's cultural support fund supporting the European film industry. It allocates grants and loans, supporting the production, distribution and promulgation of European films, as well as promoting cross-border collaboration between professionals.
TOR Film Production
02-595 Warsaw, ul. Puławska 61
tel./fax +48 22 845 53 03
Polish Film Institute
00-071 Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 21/23
tel. +48 22 421 03 86
POLISH FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATION
STOWARZYSZENIE FILMOWCÓW POLSKICH (SFP)
00-068 Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 7
tel. +48 22 556 54 40, +48 22 845 51 32, fax +48 22 845 39 08
The Polish Filmmakers Association is Poland’s largest organisation of film and television professionals. Its primary task is to integrate the film community and protect its interests. The Union of Audiovisual Authors and Producers (Związek Autorów i Producentów Audiowizualnych; ZAPA), a collective copyright management organisation, operates within the structures of the Association, as does the Andrzej Munk Youth and Film Studio (Studio „Młodzi i Film” im. Andrzeja Munka), which produces debut films. The SFP has a number of sections and circles, which unite representatives of all the filmmaking professions. It is also the organiser or co-organiser of the most important film festivals held in Poland.
The Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA), the only organisation of this type in AV sector, associates production companies as well as film schools and regional film funds. It has been an influential force in the growth and development of the Polish film industry since 2000.
KIPA’s main goal is representing and protecting the economic interests of its members, in particular before state authorities and key players of the AV market. Moreover, it integrates production companies, enhancing their collaboration and building a platform for networking, providing information on current financial, tax, and legislative changes. KIPA also provides access to legal services with top experts specializing in film law, shapes and disseminates business ethics in the AV sector.
Additionally, KIPA organises trainings and workshops for industry professionals that mainly concern legal, tax, film production and film distribution aspects. It also promotes members’ business activities, manages the Court Arbitration of the Audiovisual Market (SARA) and the Register of Audiovisual Works.
The Polish Society of Cinematographers represents cinematographers’ interests, in particular by protecting copyright, as well as by creating favourable conditions for its members’ professional development. It also supports intitiatives which instigate the development of the art of film and present cinematography-related issues to a wider view.
POLISH ASSOCIATION OF EDITORS
POLSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE MONTAŻYSTÓW (PSM)
00-336 Warsaw, ul. Kopernika 30, lok.600
tel. +48 22 827 38 17, +48 510 255 060, fax +48 22 831 79 20
The Polish Association of Editors unites editors for whom professional and artistic development is pivotal. It also protects their rights. In addition, it is engaged in the development of the art and science of picture and sound editing in audiovisual works.
The Union of Polish Actors represents the interests of professional actors and protects their social rights. It is a member of the International Federation of Actors (FIA).
The Directors Guild of Poland is an organisation established in order to represent and protect the rights of directors, their professional and social interests and the accomplishment of their social and cultural needs.
The Polish Animation Producers Association promotes Polish animated films both in Poland and internationally. It integrates the community of Polish animated film producers and provides it with support in acquiring foreign co-producers and distributors. It also supports the artistic development of promising young filmmakers and the creation of works for children and young people.
The Federation of Independent Filmmakers supports independent filmmaking by promoting works of high quality and artistic maturity. It inspires and maintains international contacts and facilitates participation in international film competitions and festivals. The organisation is a member of the Union Internationale du Cinéma (UNICA).
In addition to working on behalf of Poland’s regional funds and film commissions, the Polish Audiovisual Foundation supports the professional development of filmmakers and the promotion of Polish film abroad. It funds film professionals’ participation both in undertakings intended to increase their qualifications and in foreign events such as festivals and seminars involving the promotion of Polish cinema.
is a cultural institution reporting to the Wielkopolska Voivodship (województwo
wielkopolskie) and its tasks include the promulgation of filmmaking and film
culture. It runs two cinemas and the Wielkopolska Film Office.
The Independent Film Foundation was established with the aim of supporting filmmaking of high artistic quality and of creating conditions for the artistic and professional development of filmmakers. It is organiser of the Eagles Polish Film Awards (Polskie Nagrody Filmowe Orły), which are presented by the Polish Film Academy, a member of FAN of Europe, the Film Academies Network of Europe.
The Foundation also runs ScripTeast, an innovative programme for experienced screenwriters. The programme is tasked with increasing the competitiveness of Central and Eastern European screenplays and promoting them on the European market.
KRAKOWSKA FUNDACJA FILMOWA
31-143 Krakow, ul. Basztowa 15 lok.8A
tel./fax +48 12 294 69 45
email@example.com, www.kff.com.pl, www.krakowfilmfestival.pl, www.polishdocs.pl, www.polishshorts.pl
The Krakow Film Foundation is the organiser of the Krakow Film Festival and the Krakow Film Market which accompanies it, as well as being a co-organiser of Dragon Forum.
It founded the Film Promotion Agency, which is responsible for the promotion of Polish films abroad. To that same end, it organises the Polish Docs and Polish Shorts initiatives in collaboration with the Polish Film Institute. It is also engaged in documentary film distribution.
Max-Film is an institution reporting to the Masovian Voivodship (województwo mazowieckie). Its aim is to propagate film culture by means such as promoting Polish and foreign cinema and film education. It runs six cinemas and is engaged in film distribution, having a collection of more than 1 000 titles, predominantly Polish.
The Museum of Cinematography in Łódź collects, conserves and makes available cultural items relating to the art and technology of film. Its holdings include a collection of optical instruments pre-dating the invention of cinema and a collection of Polish and foreign film posters, stills and set designs. It also has its own film archive.
The New Horizons Association promotes the art of film, primarily by organising film festivals, special screenings and its own education initiatives. It is the organiser of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, which takes place in Wrocław and it runs New Horizons of Film Education, a series of educational gatherings which are held in cinemas for teachers and pupils. It is also engaged in film distribution.
Odra-Film is a cultural institution reporting to the Lower Silesian Voivodship (województwo dolnośląskie) and its tasks include the promulgation of film culture. It operates seven cinemas, one of which is the Lower Silesian Film Centre (Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe) in Wrocław, organises film festivals and events and carries out educational programmes.
Odra-Film also runs the Lower Silesian Film Competition and the headquarters of the Wroclaw Film Commission.
The Polish Federation of Film Discussion Clubs brings together film enthusiasts’ clubs from all over the country. It provides them with assistance in programming by facilitating access to quality films and providing informative materials, including its own periodical, Film na świecie (Film Across the World), as well as offering advice on how to arrange seminars, lectures and meetings with film critics and filmmakers.
FILM FOUNDATION IN GDYNIA
POMORSKA FUNDACJA FILMOWA W GDYNI
81-553 Gdynia, ul. Wrocławska 93
tel. +48 58 621 15 09, fax +48 58 621 15 78
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fundacjafilmowa.pl, www.fpff.pl
The Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia is the organiser and producer of the Gdynia Film Festival, the country’s most important event for Polish films. It supports the development of every field of film art and promotes Polish filmmakers abroad, for instance by organising festivals of Polish film in Ireland and Ukraine.
Silesia Film is a cultural institution reporting to the Silesian Voivodship (województwo śląskie) and its tasks include the promulgation of film culture. It operates five cinemas, one of which is the Kosmos Cinema Centre of Film Art (Kino Kosmos Centrum Sztuki Filmowej) in Katowice, which houses the Silesian Film Archives (Filmoteka Śląska), the only regional facility of its kind in Poland. It carries out initiatives aimed at popularising film culture and supports film and film-related activity.
Silesia Film runs the Silesia Film Fund and the headquarters of the Silesia Film Commission. It also organises the REGIOFUN International Film Producers’ Festival.
The Film 1,2 Association represents, integrates and supports the community of debut filmmakers; directors, producers, camera operators, screenwriters, production directors, editors and representatives of other filmmaking professions. The Association’s aim is to provide assistance during the initial stage of their careers.
POLISH CINEMAS ASSOCIATION
STOWARZYSZENIE KINA POLSKIE
02-589 Warsaw, ul. Kazimierzowska 3
tel. +48 22 565 23 24
The Polish Cinemas Association represents circles connected with the promulgation of films and engaged in any of the issues related to running cinemas. It is the organiser of Forum Around Cinema (Forum Wokół Kina), an ongoing series of film community sectoral gatherings.
MUNK YOUTH AND FILM STUDIO
STUDIO „MŁODZI I FILM” IM. ANDRZEJA MUNKA
00-068 Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 7
tel. +48 22 556 54 70, fax +48 22 556 54 69
The Munk Studio produces debut films, operating within the structure of the Polish Filmmakers’ Association. It runs a programme entitled Full-Length Debut Feature and three programmes for short film debuts; 30 Minutes, devoted to short features, First Documentary and Young Animation.
FOR INDEPENDENT AND OTHER ARTS OFF CAMERA
STOWARZYSZENIE SZTUKI NIEZALEŻNEJ I NIE TYLKO OFF CAMERA
31-128 Krakow, ul. Karmelicka 55 lok.7
tel./fax +48 12 421 52 57
The Society for Independent and Other Arts Off Camera is the organiser of the OFF PLUS CAMERA Festival of Independent Cinema. It supports young and debuting filmmakers financially and artistically, providing monetary awards and grants for the accomplishment of new projects. The Association is also the co-organiser of the Script Pro screenplay competition, the continuation of the Hartley-Merrill competition.
The Tumult Foundation was set up with the aim of promoting and establishing cultural and artistic events. It is the organiser of the Camerimage International Festival of the Art of Cinematography and also operates as a producer or co-producer of feature and documentary films, as well as supporting the production of student études.
Warsaw Film Foundation is the organiser of the Warsaw Film Festival, an event
accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations
(FIAPF), alongside Cannes, Venice, Berlin, Locarno and nine other ‘A-list’
festivals. The event is accompanied by the CentEast Market, a meeting point for
professionals interested in Eastern European films. The foundation has also
been involved in the China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Project, an initiative
for the presentation of new Chinese films in Poland and films from Poland and
Eastern Europe in China.