The Council of the Polish Film Institute
The Council is composed of 11 members. It includes representatives of filmmakers, film producers, cinematography trade unions, cinemas, distributors, broadcasters, cable television and digital platform operators.
Council members are appointed to three-year terms. The Council establishes the direction of the Institute’s operations and expresses opinions on its annual activity plans and reports, as well as financial reports.
Members of the Council appointed for years 2017-2020:
General Director of the Polish Film Institute: Radosław Śmigulski
Tel. +48 22 10 26 402
Tel. +48 22 10 26 403
The General Director is responsible for all Institute activity and represents it externally. With the help of experts who assess applications, the General Director makes decisions regarding funding granted by PISF.
Film Production and Film Project Development Department
Head of Department: Małgorzata Szczepkowska-Kalemba
Tel. +48 22 10 26 488
Fax +48 22 10 26 489 (Incentives)
The Department of Film Production provides complex assistance to film production, from initial screenwriting works, through project development, to the production stage. Project support is available to feature, documentary, and animated film projects of all genres, with all regulations applicable also to international co-productions. The Department of Film Production supervises the implementation of contracts between screenwriters or producers and the Polish Film Institute, monitors production, and oversees the subsidy clearance process. Other key responsibilities include assessing documentation regarding a film project's financing structure, co-production agreements, and production schedule.
Activities of the Department of Film Production are carried out through the Film Production Operational Programme.
Department of Film Culture Dissemination and Promotion
Head of Department: Monika Piętas-Kurek
Tel. +48 22 10 26 454
The Department handles the domestic promotion of Polish cinematography, supports all major film festivals and events across the country, implements and supports national educational programmes, and co-finances the digital reconstruction of films and the modernization of cinemas, including digitization. This department is handling regional co-operation, supporting training for the film industry and research in the audiovisual market. The department is active in the field of promotion, preparing publications that promote Polish cinema, and coordinating events organized by the Polish Film Institute. Activities are carried out through three Operational Programmes: Film Education, Dissemination of Film Culture, and Development of Cinemas.
International Relations Department
Head of Department: Robert Baliński
Tel. +48 22 10 26 455
The Department takes care of foreign promotion of Polish cinematography and international cooperation. Its tasks include: submitting Polish films at festivals, cooperation with diplomatic institutions, publication of promotional materials, presenting Poland at international festivals, and supporting international film events with the participation of Polish and foreign filmmakers. Activities of the International Cooperation Department are carried out through the Promotion of Polish Film Abroad Operational Programme.
Department of Script Development
Head of Department: Ernest Bryll
The Department was established in order to assist screenwriters and directors in introducing the adjustments suggested by experts of the Polish Film Institute.
Administrative and Economic Department
Head of Department: Magdalena Janicka
Public Relations Department
Press Spokesperson: Monika Piętas-Kurek
The Press Spokesperson is responsible for contacts with the media, informs about activities of the Institute, runs the web portal www.pisf.pl, organises news conferences and other meetings with the media, and publishes the Public Information Bulletin.
Financial and Accounting Department
Head of Department: Justyna Archicińska
The task of the Department is to handle the accounting of the Institute, as well as prepare its financial reports and annual financial plans. It is also responsible for financial maintenance of the Operational Programmes, and maintenance of payments for the Institute resulting from the Act on Cinematography.
Solicitor: Marta Galińska
It handles legal issues connected with the Institute, including drawing up agreements, pronouncing opinions on draft legal acts, planning and coordinating legislative activities, and drafting opinions on the needs of the Institute.
Personal Data Protection Inspector
Main Accountant: Małgorzata Gąska