Magazine article Variety

Global Producers Find Partners in Poland

Magazine article Variety

Global Producers Find Partners in Poland

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Polish co-productions are clearly on the ascendant even with the country's planned 25% cash-back incentives not yet in force. The sweetener package, similar to ones in effect in the neighboring Czech Republic and Hungary, is still wending its way through the legislature as local producers continue to compete for business.

"In general, there were around 15 co-productions in 2017, be it minority or majority," says Film Commission Poland's Tomasz Dabrowski.

You might be hardpressed to say the incentives delay is hurting the production sector, at least for the past year. Polish-U.K. co-production "Loving Vincent," with each frame hand-painted in the style of the film's subject Vincent van Gogh, recently grabbed an Oscar nomination for animated feature.

Hugh Welchman, based in Poland, co-directed with Dorota Kobiela and sought out U.K. participation in the partially Kickstarter-funded film to widen its appeal.

"We decided to make it a Polish-U.K. production because we wanted to make the film in English using a high-level British cast to maximize the reach of the project worldwide," he says. "The painting animation talent on the film was majority Polish, and almost all the animation was done in Poland."

The city of Lodz has also proven itself a sought-after resource for Poland.

In the summer the locale became a set for Moroccan-French-Polish documentary "The Director's Chair, Mostafa Derkaoui," directed by Sophie Delvallée. The German-Polish road film "Whatever Happens Next," directed by Julian Porksen, was also shot in Lodz, with the help of co-producer Agnieszka Dziedzic from Koi Studio, responsible for set design, costumes, sound, lighting and production management.

Meanwhile, Warsaw-based Opus Film produced crime series "Ultraviolet," commissioned by Sony Pictures Television Networks Central Europe. Inspired by Deborah Halber's novel "The Skeleton Crew," the series is directed by Jan Komasa ("Warsaw 44," "Suicide Room") and Slawomir Fabicki ("Loving," "The Crime 2").

In February, Lower Silesia hosted "Der Hauptmann," directed by Robert Schwentke ("Red," "Insurgent"), a fact-based WWII story about the feats of a faux captain and a group of deserters. It was filmed over three months in the area of Wroclaw and Zgorzelec for Berling producers Filmgalerie 451 and Poland's Opus Film and Tempus Film. …

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