The Polish Film Institute has an extensive locations database that covers everything from university buildings to mine shafts in the southern city of Zabrze.
Crews are flexible, hardworking, generally speak English and are less expensive than in most western countries. International producers need a Polish co-producer and Polish creative elements to receive money back from the Polish Film Institute.
The main studios are found in Warsaw, Wroclaw and Krakow. These include ATM, which is spread across two sites with 10 state-of-the-art soundstages, the largest of which — in Warsaw — is 1,500 square metres. At its site in Wroclaw, the stages are high enough (12 metres) for HGVs to access the studios directly.
Alvernia Studios offers two soundstages that include a 3D bluescreen and artificial skydome. All are within easy reach of each other by air or road, and are close to the German border.
Poland is situated at the very centre of Europe and can be reached by air from every major European city in two to three hours. It also has the fourth-largest road network in Europe.