Polish Film Institute
Objective VIII: Innovative film production
1. Types of eligible projects
1) feature films with planned use of innovative production techniques, e.g. VR, and all other types and lengths described in Objectives III, IV, V, VII and X VR and all other types and lengths described in Objectives III, IV, V, VII and X;
2) films unconventional in form, e.g. multimedia films for cinemas, whose next field of exploitation is an art gallery.
2. Co-financing amounts
Co-financing may not exceed 50% of the production's budget and the following amounts:
- PLN 1,000,000.00 (one million zloty) for feature films and animated films intended for exploitation in cinemas or on VOD services;
- PLN 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand zloty) for short and mid-length documentary films and short animated films;
- PLN 500,000.00 (five hundred thousand zloty) for feature-length documentaries and mid-length animated films.
3. Films submitted for co-financing in this objective can be simultaneously submitted to Objectives II,III, IV, VII and X. Co-financing can be granted from Objectives II, III, IV, VII, and X independently from Objective VIII. It is stipulated that co-financing from Objective VIII may be combined with one other Objective only, and the received co-financing may not exceed the limits determined in the Regulation (open catalogue).
4. The limit of the grant amount requested for projects that do not fit any of the categories above is the same as the total allocation for that objective.
5. Procedure for call and selection of applications, including the list and content of attachments, are identical with the provisions concerning Objectives II - V. Additionally: test shoot presenting the technology.
Call for application
Session II/2022: 25.04-29.04.2022
In the case of feature films, the same provisions concerning Objective II.
In the case of documentary films, the same provisions concerning Objective III.
In the case of animated films, the same provisions concerning Objective IV.
Additionally: test shoot presenting the technology.
- 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;