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WARSAW: The Polish Government has approved a new draft bill offering a 30% cash rebate on qualifying film production expenses. The Polish Film Institute will have a 200m PLN / 46m EUR budget to refund partial costs of film production in Poland.

WROCŁAW: Ewa Puszczyńska is developing Tomasz Wasilewski new drama Fools/Głupcy (working title), which will be a Polish/Romanian coproduction together with the Romanian Ada Solomon and lensed by Romanian Oleg Mutu. Producer of Oscar winning Ida talked to FNE during 9th NH Studio+ (27-30 July 2018) taking place at the 18th New Horizons IFF in Wrocław.

WARSAW: Polish Film Institute (PISF) distributed 4.2 m EUR / 18.4 m PLN for the production of eight feature films, four animated films and nine documentaries. This is the second batch of financing in 2018.

The following grants were announced by the Polish Film Institute (PISF) on 20 July 2018.

GDYNIA: Sixteen titles will compete in the main competition of the 43rd Gdynia Film Festival. The festival which is the biggest annual showcase of new Polish film will take place from 17 to 22 September 2018.

ŁODŹ: Volte directed by Monika Kotecka and Karolina Poryzała was awarded Best Short Film Transatlantyk Golden Ark Award, while Swedish/Denmark coproduction Becoming Astrid, directed by Pernille Fischer Christensen, won the Transatlantyk Distribution Award in the New Cinema Competition of the Transatlantyk Festival 2018.

ŁÓDŹ: Czech/Slovenian/Slovak/French/Polish coproduction Winter Flies, directed by Olmo Omerzu, has been picked up by sales agent Cercamon. The film had its Polish premiere at Transatlantyk 2018 Film Festival in Łódź.

LÓDŹ: Polish producer Kamil Przełęcki talked exclusively to FNE about the financial realities of film production and distribution in Poland during the 2nd edition of Lodolamacz / Icebreaker, an industry event hosted by the Transatlantyk Festival 2018 in Łódź from 15 to 17 July 2019.

WARSAW: HBO and Netflix will sponsor the six-episode documentary series Traces of TV Series / Sladami seriali created by Polish YouTubers Kaja Szafrańska and Janusz Raczyński, for their jakbyniepaczec channel. The project jointly supported by HBO and Netflix on the Polish market is a homage to popular American TV shows.

WARSAW: The first season of the costume drama series Century of the Guilty, commissioned by the Polish public broadcaster TVP, is currently in production. It is one of the most expensive TVP projects.