The system of financial incentives for audiovisual production is planned for 2019.
Reimbursement of parts of costs incurred for production or 30% cash rebate will be available to producers of feature films, animations, documentaries and TV series. The Polish Film Institute will be the operator of the incentives. The main purpose of introducing incentives is the comprehensive development of the Polish audiovisual industry and the development of culture and the promotion of Polish cultural heritage in the world.
The Act on financial support for audiovisual production was adopted by the Sejm, the lower house of the Polish Parliament, on 9 November, 2018, and then accepted by the Senate - the upper house and signed by the President. The Act will enter into force on 11 February, 2019.
The direct beneficiaries of the new financial support mechanism will be producers, co-producers or entrepreneurs performing services for the production of audiovisual works who bear the costs of production of films and series in Poland. Individual productions will be granted financial support in the amount of 30% of Polish eligible costs. The maximum amount of financial support granted for one audiovisual production will not exceed PLN 15 million (EUR 3.33 million / USD 4.05 million), and the maximum amount of total financial support granted to one entrepreneur in a calendar year will not exceed PLN 20 million (EUR 4.76 million / USD 5.4 million). The annual budget earmarked for financial incentives will amount to approximately PLN 200 million (EUR 47.6 million / USD 54 million), of which under the Act a minimum of 10% must be allocated to support animated production. The cash rebate scheme will be promoted worldwide by the Film Commission Poland, which has been operating within the structure of the Polish Film Institute since autumn 2018.
The incentive system operator will be the Polish Film Institute, the main institution financing film production in the country. The tasks of the Polish Film Institute will include, above all, the granting, payment and settlement of financial support for audiovisual production in the form of reimbursement of a part of Polish eligible costs. Simple procedures implemented in stages with minimum duration will apply. The necessary element for submitting the application for support will be a cultural test containing a set of criteria and a corresponding score. The main goal of the test is to identify cultural reasons related to audiovisual production and to assess the impact of audiovisual production on the development of the Polish audiovisual sector. In this context, the following criteria will be taken into consideration: use in the audiovisual work of Polish or European cultural heritage; location of the audiovisual work on the territory of Poland; implementation of an audiovisual work on the territory of Poland; participation in audiovisual production of Polish artists and other entities as well as the participation of the Polish film infrastructure.
After a positive consideration of the application, the PFI will conclude an agreement on financial support. After the conclusion of the contract, the funds allocated for the payment of the financial support will be transferred by the Institute to an escrow bank account. The beneficiary will be able to take the funds collected on the escrow account only after the presentation and positive verification of the final report on audiovisual production.
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