The Application Process in the Operational Programme for Film Production
Deadlines: There will be three application sessions in 2017:
session 1/2017: January 9, 2017 – January 23 2017;
session 2/2017: April 10, 2017 – April 24, 2017 - not for the minority scheme;
session 3/2017: August 1, 2017 – August 14, 2017.
Who can apply
Polish producers as well as EU and EEA producers are eligible, however it is strongly advised to have a Polish co-producer on board;
The application including all attachments is to be submitted in Polish (this concerns also the script);
The project review process lasts 90 days and involves two stages:
in the first stage, the project has to be approved by one of the commissions for the respective genre (the commission is selected by the producer);
in the second stage, the project is evaluated by all the commission leaders of the respective film genre. The final decision is at the discretion of the General Director.
Minority co-productions are assessed by a dedicated commission in a one-stage procedure. The final decision is at the discretion of the General Director;
For a Polish co-producer, the maximum subsidy is PLN 2 million (approx. EUR 470 000), which cannot exceed 70% of the Polish financing;
The artistic contribution must be adequate to the requested subsidy;
At least 80% of the subsidy must be spent in Poland;
The project must meet the minimum requirements listed below:
Features: at least one Polish Head of Department (DoP, Set Designer, Editor, Composer);
Animation: production part of the animation in Poland, and at least one Polish artist (Director of Animation, Storyboard Writer, Author of Artistic Project, Composer);
Documentaries: at least one of the following: Use of Polish Archives, Polish character or subject, Polish talent (DoP, Composer, Editor).
If the director of the film is of Polish nationality, the rules for a majority co-production apply even if Polish financing accounts for less than 50% of the budget.
The distribution of the film must be confirmed at least by a letter of intent from a Polish distributor;
for bilateral co-productions, the Polish contribution must account for at least 20% of the total budget;
for multilateral co-productions, the Polish contribution must account for at least 10% of the total budget;
a detailed budget of Polish spending must be submitted in addition to the overall budget;
The Polish producer's own contribution must amount to no less than 5% of the expected cost of the Polish financing.
The maximum subsidy for a contemporary full-length feature film is set at PLN 4 million (approx. EUR 950 000) or no more than 50% of the budget;
If the director of the film is of Polish nationality, rules of a majority co-production apply even if Polish financing accounts for less than 50% of the budget. It means that the project is eligible for financing of up to ca EUR 950 000;
For international co-productions, the application must include details on the total amount to be spent on Polish territory, as well as a list of creative and production elements contributed by the Polish side;
When applying for a subsidy for film production, the producer's own contribution must amount to no less than 5% of the total expected cost of the project.
To be eligible for consideration, applications must include the following: script, director's statement, synopsis, budget, estimated production costs, script rights agreement;
Important: Applicants must provide proof (letters of intent, memorandum or co-production agreement) of the remaining sources of financing (excluding the grant requested from the Institute);
The submitted project budget must comply with the cost limits set for 2017;
The Institute takes into consideration the opinions of appointed experts;
The grant decision remains valid for six months. This can be extended by a maximum of another six months;
During this period, the producer must finalize an agreement with the PISF (having completed the budget and signed the remaining production agreements);
If the film makes a profit, the grant is to be reimbursed (applicable only in the first six years after the film's premiere).