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Poland announces 25% filming incentive

Old Town WarsawPoland has announced details of a 25% filming incentive to be launched later this year.

The support programme, mooted at last year’s Berlinale, will have an annual film fund of around €22m and will be made available to qualifying features, documentaries and TV shows, according to Film Commission Poland

International producers will need to work with a Polish co-producer and there will be a per-production cap.

Poland has been steadily building its global production appeal. Last autumn KFTV spoke to a group of high-profile US location managers who took part in a familiarisation trip to the country.

“I think Poland is a refreshing alternative to some of the major hubs we've seen in so many films,” said location manager Becky Brake, a veteran of the Mission: Impossible franchise, following the trip.

“As more and more people are exposed to what Poland has to offer and the seeming ease of working there, I think the potential is great.” 

Film commission figures recently revealed that most international projects shot in Poland in 2016 filmed for only a couple of weeks. A formal filming incentive could help expand production schedules and increase inward investment to Poland’s economy.

For more on filming in Poland see our production guide.