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PFI funds more international co-productions

By Katarzyna Grynienko
The first session of the Polish Film Institute in 2009 resulted in additional funding for four international co-productions involving producers from Poland.
PFI started the year by assigning money in the category "Supporting minority ventures taken on by Polish producers," which in practice means co-financing international projects with Polish financial or artistic input. PFI's interest is in helping local companies establish themselves in the foreign market.

According to PFI, ( four major international productions will be supported by PFI. The highest amount of 1.6 million PLN (€383,000) of funding was given to Golghota, a UK/Polish feature about World War II directed by John Irvin, with a total budget of €7 million. The Polish producer involved in this production is WF Czołówka (

During this session PFI decided to back the long awaited new Lars von Trier film Antichrist. The Polish branch of Zentropa International (, represented by the director Małgorzata Szumowska, recieved 1 million PLN (€ 239,000) of funding to complement the €7.7 million budget. Another big title supported by the Polish Film Institute is City Island, directed by Raymond De Fellitta, a Polish/USA co-production with a dominant input from the Polish producing company Gremi Film Production ( The movie is currently in the post-production stage and was issued a 460,000 PLN (€110,000) loan from PFI for further development.

310,000 PLN (€74,000) was assigned to one documentary project, The Vodka Factory. The film about female workers at a Polish bevarage factory is directed by Jerzy Śladkowski and will be realized in co-production between Polish PTV ( and Swedish Hysteria Film AB ( with a total budget of €328,000.