Polska Komisja Filmowa (Film Commission Poland) was established in 2012, its purpose being to create conditions for producing international co-productions in Poland and fostering local entrepreneurship by attracting foreign investments and international producers to our regions. Another key responsibility of Film Commission Poland is to promote internationally Poland's filmmaking potential, its tourist potential, and its cultural heritage.
Film Commission Poland was established as a result of an agreement on cooperation between cultural institutions, representatives of the film industry, and local authorities. The body responsible for implementing the system is the Polish Audiovisual Centre Foundation (FPCA), which has been operating the Regional Audiovisual Initiative (RIA) programme since 2008, with support from the Polish Film Institute and the Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce (KIPA). One of the tangible effects of its work is the establishment of ten Regional Film Funds and six regional film commissions in Poland.
Poland currently has seven regional film commissions. The first of these was established in 2009 in Łódź (Łódź Film Commission), the second in Krakow in 2010 (Krakow Film Commission). The third has been operating in Katowice since November 2011 (Silesia Film Commission). 2012 brought the launch of the regional film commission in Poznań, 2013 in Wrocław (Wroclaw Film Commission) and 2015 in Warsaw (Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission). In 2016 was etablished Podkarpackie Film Commission. Thanks to the regional film commissions, it is now easier to find shooting locations, and arrange necessary formalities (permits for road usage, filming permits from building owners, or securing areas in parks for use by film crews etc.). Film commissions also assist film producers in finding other potential sources of financing.
Further details are available at the following websites:
Film Commission Poland: filmcommissionpoland.pl
Krakow Film Commission: www.film-commission.pl
Łódź Film Commission: lodzfilmcommission.pl
Silesia Film Commission: www.silesiafilm.com.pl
Poznań Film Commission: www.poznanfilmcommission.pl
Wroclaw Film Commission: www.wroclawfilmcommission.pl
Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission: www.mwfc.pl
Podkarpackie Film Commission podkarpackiefilmcommission.pl
Translated by Karolina Kołtun