Polish Film Institute
Promotion of Polish Film Abroad
Objective III: International scholarships
1. The purpose of Objective III is:
- increasing the participation of Polish films in international events by supporting the presence of Polish filmmakers and other film professionals at festivals and other foreign industry events;
- promotion of the achievements of Polish filmmakers and Polish film production, through direct participation in the event (festivals, competitions, reviews, seminars, conferences, participation in juries, trainings, workshops, pitching, WIP presentations, etc.);
- participation of Polish film professionals in connection with the promotion of the film abroad as part of foreign film festivals and events;
- participation of Polish film professionals in projects aimed at improving their professional qualifications;
- participation of Polish film industry representatives in foreign industry events (pitching, co-production fairs) in order to attract co-producers, sales agents and to present the project to festival selectors;
- participation of Polish representatives of the film industry in the festival's jury, being experts during competitions and pitching or speakers during conferences, discussion panels, etc;
- participation of Polish film professionals, associated with the promotion of film abroad, at events in the form of: reviews, retrospectives, special screenings, conferences, exhibitions, etc.
2. Types of eligible projects:
1) participation of Polish film professionals at foreign fairs and festivals;
2) participation of Polish film professionals in events held abroad, raising their professional qualifications;
3) participation of Polish film professionals in industry events (pitching and co-production fairs) held abroad at the project development stage and during film production;
4) participation of Polish representatives of the film industry in the framework of events taking place abroad: as members of festivals' juries, experts during competitions and pitching or speakers during conferences, discussion panels, etc;
5) participation of Polish film professionals in events organized abroad, promoting the achievements of Polish filmmakers and Polish film production - reviews, retrospectives, special screenings, exhibitions, conferences.
individuals who are Polish citizens and at the same time representatives of film professions who pay taxes to Poland and directors who are not Polish citizens but who co-produce a Polish film (within the meaning of Article 4 of the Cinematography Act) and who present documents proving that they pay taxes in Poland (such as a certificate of tax residency, a certificate of no arrears from the Tax Office etc.).
4. Formal and financial requirements of the project:
1) the size of scholarships may not exceed, subject to point 2, 90% of the budget of the project for which the scholarship is granted;
2) an applicant can receive a maximum of 3 scholarships from OP Promotion of Polish film abroad Objective III in a given calendar year for the total amount not exceeding PLN 30 000,00 (thirty thousand zloty);
3) 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;
4) the applicant who has not settled previous grants or scholarships awarded in accordance with the agreement is not eligible to submit another application;
5) the scholarship may be spent only to cover costs included in the closed list of eligible costs concerning Objective III under OP Promotion of Polish film abroad;
6) in the case of projects referred to in 2.1. (applies to festivals only), 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5 above, the applicant must include with the application a personal certificate of acceptance from the event organizer.
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 concerning the grants or scholarships provided,
- the declared share of own or other sources, subject to 4.2. above. The minimum contribution of the applicant or partner's funds should be 10% of the total project budget;
2) substantive assessment criteria:
- importance of the project in the international arena,
- anticipated effects of promoting Polish film and the achievements of Polish filmmakers abroad,
- participation in the project of international authorities and experts in the field,
- share of the inviting party's resources.
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/).