Polish Film Institute announces grants


    The Polish Film Institute announced PLN 20 million (€5.9 million) in grants going to 47 films for 2008. €5 million was earmarked for feature films, €0.6 million for documentary films, and €0.3 million for animated films.

    Among the feature films receiving funding are John Singleton's The Demon Hills and Agnieszka Holland's Janosik's True Story. The largest amount, €1.1 million was granted to Holland's film (Apple Film Production) and to Pawel Chochlew's The Secret of Westerplatte, produced by Pleograf. Jacek Bromski's God's Little Garden, produced by Film Studio OKO, received €720,000. Singleton's film, for TVN, received €600,000. Receiving €300,000 each were Artur Urbanski's Listening to Jo (Median Art Studio), Edward Porembny's Best Served Cold (AMP Polska), and three directorial debuts: Wojciech Pacyna's Headhunter (Filmcontract), Ryszard Maciej Nyczka's Belcanto (Anima-Pol), and Jacek Borcuch's Everything That I Love (Prasa i Film).

    Prominent Polish directors receiving funding for feature films in development are Filip Bajon (Maiden's Vows) and Dariusz Jablonski (The Immigrants). Nine of the films are co-productions, including Holland's Visegrad co-production (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia), and Best Served Cold (Germany, Poland, and Canada).

    For a complete list of grants, go to the FNE Poland section.