Polish Film Institute
Objective V: Development and production of animated series
1. Types of eligible projects:
1) series project development;
2) series production;
3) production of a series in a minority co-production with a Polish director;
2. Co-financing amounts
Co-financing of project development and series production may not exceed 50% of the budget and the following amounts:
- PLN 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand zloty) for the development of a series project consisting of 52 episodes;
- PLN 6,000,000.00 (six million zloty) for the production of an animated series consisting of 52 episodes;
- PLN 3,000,000.00 (three million zloty) for the production of an animated series consisting of 26 episodes, whereas the possibility of co-financing in this amount concerns only the series in which out of 52 episodes there are 26 episodes left to complete and the producer has previously received co-financing from PISF for the production of the series;
- PLN 1,500,000.00 (one million five hundred thousand zloty) for the production of an animated series, whereas the possibility of co-financing in this amount concerns only the series in which out of 52 episodes there are 13 episodes left to complete and the producer has previously received co-financing from PISF for the production of the series;
3. In justified cases, applications submitted for a number of episodes less than that specified in 3 above shall be accepted for evaluation before the submission of the application in the session and after obtaining the consent of the General Director of the Polish Film Institute. Relevant to evaluating the acceptance of such an application is the creators' explication indicating the artistic assumptions directly influencing the reduced number of episodes.
4. Priority in evaluation will be given to projects that are ambitious and artistic in nature.
5. The objective's schedule calls for the producer to be ready to deliver episodes of the series within 1.5 years of entering into a co-financing agreement with PISF.
6. The decision of the General Director of the Polish Film Institute on co-financing is based on: recommendation of the Experts' opinion preceded by a focus group sample of the animation and the opinion of a child psychologist regarding the impact on children of the content included in the project.
7. At least 50% of the grant awarded to the producer for project development should be for literary and artistic work and creative work, including the creative work of the director;
8. Under Objective V, a producer may apply for co-financing of an adaptation of a literary work only on the condition that the producer can document that he or she has effectively acquired the rights to use the original work to create the adaptation (an option agreement is also permissible, which does not have to be executed at the stage of co-financing application) and to produce and exploit the film.
9. Project development should produce appendices to the final report:
- obligatory: financing structure, cost estimates, multimedia presentations, director's explication, artwork, report from creative work (musical, artistic design, literary, etc.), focus studies, scripts according to the planned number of episodes with a script doctor's opinion, an episode of the series or a 6-minute part of an episode in an online version, accompanied by sound,
- additionally, depending on the planned activities in the cost estimate: consultants' opinions, report on documentation or marketing and sales activities, FX projects or tests, shooting script or storyboard.
10. Project development must not last longer than three years. In exceptional cases the General Director of the Polish Film Institute may agree to extend the deadline, but not longer than 1 year.
Call for application:
Session II/2022: 25.04-29.04.2022
1) In the case of series development - the requirements (including attachments to the application) are the same as for Objective I: Project development for animated films with the obligation to attach the following:
- cost estimate for the project, which will include the production of 1 episode of the series or 6 minutes of an episode in an online version, accompanied by sound, and script doctoring;
- scripts for 13 episodes and treatment of the remaining episodes;
- preliminary artistic designs, the so-called key visuals of characters and worlds;
- mood board;
- script explication including description of character development and main storylines;
- rights purchase agreement or option agreement to scripts and treatments, taking into account the principles indicated in Objective I
2) In the case of series production - the requirements (including attachments to the application) are the same as for Objective IV: Animated film production, with the obligation to attach the following:
- scripts of the episodes according to the formats posted on the PISF website www.pisf.pl including the episode number, title and author of the episode:
- 13 scripts when the producer is seeking funding for a series of 13 episodes;
- 13 scripts and 13 treatments if the producer is seeking funding to produce a series consisting of 26 episodes;
- 13 scripts and at least 39 treatments if the producer is seeking funding to produce a series of 52 episodes.
- artwork design, with the stipulation that if the producer is presenting only a 6-minute part of an episode accompanied by sound, he or she must include a storyboard for at least one episode. If the producer is submitting a fully produced episode with a completed master copy, the storyboard and artwork designs are not required
- in case the project was co-financed by PISF at the development stage, a "Report on the objectives and effects of the project development" must be attached, and also the finished episode or a 6-minute long, continuous, soundtracked part of the episode in the online version;
- cost estimate - the planned production cost of the film must include the cost of two audits;
- a letter of intent from the distributor - it is obligatory to include in the application a document confirming the participation of a TV broadcaster or a VOD service interested in co-production or distribution of the film.
- application is to be submitted in Polish;
- Polish producers as well as EU and EEA producers are eligible, however it is strongly advised to have a Polish co-producer on board.
- the co-financing application and required attachments must be submitted through the PISF Internet Application Submission System, also known as "ISSW", (https://pisf-wnioski.pl/);
- documents in foreign languages must be accompanied by a translation into Polish. At each request of PISF, the applicant must present a certified translation of a given document. Documents submitted to conclude an agreement with PISF must be accompanied by a translation into Polish confirmed by a certified translator;
- the Institute shall examine an application within 90 days from the date of the last day of the call for the given session. The final decision to co-finance an application is taken by the General Director of the Polish Film Institute after consultation with the Experts, taking into account the limits of financial resources as well as an assessment of the organizational and financial conditions of the project and the hitherto co-operation of the producer with PISF (including, among other things, timeliness and reliability of the beneficiary's settlements);
- a project financing commitment or a decision of the General Director of the Polish Film Institute to co-finance a project shall be valid for 6 months from the date of publishing this information on the Institute's website www.pisf.pl. In special cases, upon a justified request of the producer, the validity of the project financing commitment may be extended. The total term of the project financing commitment shall not exceed 3 years. If within the period of validity of a project financing commitment or decision the applicant fails to provide documents required for the conclusion of a co-financing agreement, the decision of the General Director of the Polish Film Institute to award co-financing shall expire;
- within the framework of the OP Film Production, co-financing of a project may not exceed 50% of the planned costs of the project, subject to the amount limits determined in the Operational Programmes for the given year. A difficult film project, including a director's debut or second film by a director, may receive co-financing not exceeding 70% of the project budget (except for Objectives VI and XI, where co-financing may not be higher than 90% of the project budget);
- for international co-productions between countries that have ratified the revised Council of Europe Convention on Cinematographic Co-production, Rotterdam, 30 January 2017 (Journal of Laws 2018, item 2189) applications shall be processed in which the share of the Polish party is at least 10% in a bilateral co-production and at least 5% in a multilateral co-production. In the case of international co-productions between countries, at least one of which has not ratified the revised Convention, applications shall be processed in which the share of the Polish party is at least 20% in bilateral co-productions and 10% in multilateral co-productions;
- for bilateral co-productions where Poland has an agreement governing bilateral co-production relations, the share indicated therein shall apply;
- when applying for co-financing, the producer must make own contribution of at least 5% of the requested funding from PISF. This contribution may be financial or financial and in-kind. In the case of a financial and in-kind contribution, the share of an in-kind contribution may not exceed 95% of the value of the producer's total contribution. In the case of minority co-productions, this requirement refers to the financing of the Polish party;