Polish Film Institute
Promotion of Polish Film Abroad
Objective II: Distribution of Polish film abroad
1. The purpose of Objective II is to:
- increase the availability of Polish films abroad;
- increase the audience for Polish films and to increase recognition of Polish creators on international markets;
- increase potential worldwide distribution revenue for the film;
- increase control and monitor data on attendance and revenues of Polish films in foreign markets.
2. Types of eligible projects:
Theatrical distribution of a feature film or an animated series of which a Polish producer is the lead producer, in a territory other than Poland. Distribution in VOD services is possible subject to the approval of the General Director of the Polish Film Institute.
3. Beneficiaries: foreign film distributors.
4. Formal and financial requirements of the project:
1) co-financing may not exceed:
- 50% of the project budget,
- PLN 40,000.00 (forty thousand zloty) for distribution costs in one country,
- PLN 120,000.00 (one hundred and twenty thousand zloty) for distribution costs per film distributed in two or more countries;
2) share of public funds from various sources in the project budget - excluding funds from Community programmes, which may be cumulated with public funds based on separate regulations or decisions of competent authorities of the European Union - may not exceed 90% of the total budget;
3) theatrical distribution must include at least 5 cinemas in case of feature films and animated films and at least 3 cinemas in case of documentaries and animated series;
4) the applicant is obliged to present an agreement confirming the distribution rights in the territory, including in particular information about the fields of exploitation;
5) the applicant is required to provide information regarding the project budget, minimum and maximum P&A costs, number of screens intended for distribution, and a schedule and detailed cost estimate of the project;
6) an applicant may submit a maximum of 3 applications for one film;
7) the cost estimate for the project must include only the costs necessary to complete this project;
8) the co-financing is designated and may be spent only to cover the costs included in the closed list of eligible costs concerning Objective II in OP Promotion of Polish film abroad;
9) the contribution of the requested amount in the budget of the project may exceed the percentage specified in item 1 only in special, materially justified cases, provided that it may not exceed the percentage limits specified in the Regulation. If this is the case, the application should be accompanied by a letter to the General Director of the Polish Film Institute stating the reasons and requesting permission to consider the application.
5. Project selection criteria:
1) formal evaluation criteria:
- formal correctness of the application,
- cooperation with PISF to date, including timeliness and reliability of the applicant's settlements,
- declared share of own funds or funds from other sources, subject to the provisions of 4.3. above. The applicant's minimum contribution should be 10% of the total project budget;
2) substantive evaluation criteria:
- high artistic quality of a film or artistic and educational quality of an animated series. Priority of co-financing will be given to films and animated series that received PISF co-financing for production and that achieved attendance success in Poland or won recognition at international film festivals,
- the distributor's experience in the relevant market,
- the number and profile of films distributed by the distributor,
- potential to reach audiences in a given market,
- consistency and originality of the concept of film promotion,
- applicant's experience in working with Polish films,
- intended effects, aimed at long-term cooperation,
- feasibility and adequacy of the cost estimate in relation to the substantive content of the project and the assumed objectives.
Call for application
Co-financing applications shall be submitted to the Institute on a continuous basis.
The co-financing application and the required attachments must be submitted through the PISF Internet Application Submission System, also known as "ISSW", (https://pisf-wnioski.pl/).
 Lead producer for the purposes of the OP Promotion of Polish film abroad is defined as a producer who has a decisive influence on the shape of the film, makes the biggest financial contribution to the budget (including public funds and investors) and is one of the initiators of the project.