The biggest Polish film event at the festival will be the official Czech premiere of the widely awarded Katyn by Andrzej Wajda. So far the Oscar-nominated movie has made over $11,764,195 worldwide.
Polish public television TVP will also be promoting its other production, the fantasy movie The Magic Tree made in cooperation with the Polish producer Lunapark. The film is a cinema version of the Emmy-winning Polish television series created by Andrzej Maleszka, who also directed the feature. The movie's budget was €2.4 million (PLN8 million) with the €600,000 input from PFI. "Because the movie is still in the post-production stage, TVP is organizing a work-in-progress screening, to give potential distributors an idea of what the finished picture will look like," Magdalena Janowska of Lunapark told FNE.
Another a family-oriented production is the cinema version of the popular Polish cartoon Wlatcy Moch (the title means "Lords of the Flies," with child-like grammatical mistakes), which screens in the East of the West - Works in Progress section. The movie's producer is SPI International Polska, a leading Polish independent producer and distributor, with president Piotr Reisch confirming his attendance at the festival. The coarse cartoon about the life of a group of school kids, often called the "Polish South-Park", received €23,624.19 government funding trough PFI and will premiere in Poland in January 2009.
The Polish Film Institute will promote the national cinema not only by supporting its co-productions. A series of PFI publications will be available in the Film Industry Office, including the New Polish Films 2008 catalogue and the Film Production Guide Poland 2008 containing information on co-operate with Polish filmmakers and filming in Poland.