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Polish Film Institute

Promotion of Polish Film Abroad

Objective I: Promotion of Polish film abroad

1. The purpose of Objective I is:

  1. promotion of films and achievements of Polish filmmakers abroad as part of international film festivals and events;
  2. cooperation with foreign media partners, investors, producers and filmmakers and international cooperation, in particular aimed at initiating co-productions, promoting the Polish film industry;
  3. presentation of Polish films and the achievements of Polish filmmakers abroad in the form of reviews, retrospectives, special screenings, conferences, exhibitions, etc.

2.    Types of eligible projects:

  1) promotional campaigns involving Polish films, filmmakers and organization of promotional national stands at international trade fairs and festivals, including films qualified for:

  • international festivals categorized by FIAPF as competitive feature film festivals,[1]
  • official selection in Toronto, Telluride and international competitions at film festivals: Sundance, Busan, IDFA, HotDocs, Annecy,
  • prestigious international film awards, i.e. American Film Academy Awards - the Oscars, Golden Globes and European Film Awards;

  2) promotional campaigns related to the participation of Polish films, filmmakers and the organization of promotional national stands at international trade fairs and festivals other than those mentioned in 1;

  3) organization of events promoting Polish filmmakers and Polish film production abroad - reviews, retrospectives, exhibitions and conferences; 

  4) organizing visits to Poland, meetings of foreign investors, producers and filmmakers, which serve to develop co-production, film services and distribution of Polish films abroad;

  5) organizing and co-organizing with foreign partners trainings, workshops and presentations for film industry representatives.

3. Beneficiaries:

  1. film producers;
  2. schools and universities with film profiles;
  3. state and local government cultural institutions;
  4. NGOs;
  5. Polish diplomatic missions;
  6. other entities operating within culture.

4.    Formal and financial requirements of the project:

1) co-financing may not exceed:

  • 90% of the project's budget in the case of projects referred to in 2.1 above,
  • 70% of the project's budget in the case of projects referred to in 2.3 above,
  • 50% of the project's budget in the case of projects referred to in 2.2., 2.4., 2.5 above,

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) the applicant may submit only one application in the given calendar year, concerning the same project or its subsequent edition (refers to festivals, reviews etc. held periodically);

4) the applicant must submit letters of intent from all partners, sponsors, co-organizers of the project listed in the application. Their absence may result in rejection of the application on formal grounds;

5)  the applicant who has not settled the previous grant in accordance with the co-financing agreement shall not be eligible to submit another application;

6) the cost estimate for the project must include only the costs necessary to complete this project;[2]

7) the co-financing is designated and may be spent only to cover the costs included in the closed list of eligible costs concerning Objective I OP Promotion of Polish film abroad;

8) 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 concerning the grants provided,
  • declared share of own funds or funds from other sources, subject to the provisions of 4.2. above. The applicant's minimum contribution should be 10% of the total project budget;

2)    substantive evaluation criteria:

  • importance of the project in the international arena,
  • consistency and originality of the concept, attractiveness of the message for the recipient,
  • uniqueness and specificity of the project that distinguishes it from other tasks considered under Objective I,
  • number and rank of partners cooperating with the applicant in the implementation of the project - especially foreign institutions,
  • participation of international media partners,
  • applicant's experience in the field of tasks performed in cooperation with foreign partners,
  • participation of international authorities and experts in the field,
  • comprehensiveness of actions connected with the intended objectives, taking into account experience and cooperation with foreign partners,
  • the assumed effects, aimed at long-term cooperation, use of the potential of Polish cinematography and its evaluation,
  • 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/).

[1] The following are international Feature Film Festivals qualified by FIAPF as Competitive: Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Warsaw, Tallinn, Shanghai, Moscow, Montreal, San Sebastian, Tokyo, Mar del Plata, Cairo and Goa.

[2] The PISF grant may be used to cover VAT if it is incurred by the applicant, i.e. if the applicant is not entitled to deduct input VAT (the applicant is not a VAT payer).