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Polish Film Institute calls for filming incentives

The new director of the Polish Film Institute has called for a full filming incentive to help bring more international productions to Poland.

Poland has made changes over the years to encourage the growth of its domestic industry. Stronger connections have been forged between organisations like the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce, and the country has co-production agreements in place.

Magdalena Sroka, director of the Polish Film Institute, now wants the country to reach out to foreign producers with a formal filming incentive.

Poland offers a dozen different regional film funds and allocates co-production money three times a year. However, unlike many of its European neighbours the country doesn’t yet offer a formal filming incentive for international producers.  

“There is a dire need to change the tax system so it is possible to invest in Polish cinema,” Sroka told a panel marking the film’s institute’s tenth anniversary, according to Film New Europe. “We are also planning to introduce new fiscal solutions that would encourage Polish businessmen to allocate some of their funds into Polish film production.”

Despite this limitation, Poland is building its international profile. Steven Spielberg visited last year to film scenes for his Cold War drama Bridge of Spies, and the government recently signed a co-production agreement with global filming hub New Zealand.

For more on filming in Poland, check our production guide.