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What's new in PISF Operational Programmes for 2023?
Like every year, the Director of the Polish Film Institute (PISF) has announced new Operational Programmes, previously approved by the PISF Council. What novelties have been introduced to the Programmes this year? We present a summary of the most important changes, considering all grant applicants, but especially film producers, who can apply for funding for [...]

Film development – practical tips
In film production, the development period is the most creative one. However, it is essential to check at this stage whether all creative concepts are feasible in organisational, financial, and legal aspects. The fluency of further work and the success of the whole film production project also depends on the reliable execution of development. Which [...]

The Polish Film Institute has announced another - the VI Operational Programme for 2022!
The recently announced operational programme of the Polish Film Institute (PISF) called 'Polish-Ukrainian Film Initiatives' is one of the forms of involvement of the PISF in the campaign to help the Ukrainian film industry. Announced by the Director of the PISF, the programme envisages an allocation of up to 10 million zlotys and is aimed [...]

Film production: licence or copyright transfer agreement?
In film production, the standard - resulting both from the requirements of financing public institutions and the weakness of Polish legal regulations on licensing, which do not guarantee the stability of such licensing relations - is the conclusion of agreements on the transfer of rights. An exception is sometimes the inclusion of existing music or [...]

First applications for incentives in 2022 on the PISF reserve list
The register of financial support kept by the Polish Film Institute shows that the first applications for financial support this year were placed on a reserve list. This means that the pool of funds provided in 2022 for this form of support for producers of audiovisual works is about to be used up. Under the [...]

What's new in the 2022 Operational Programmes?
4 February 2022 was the deadline for submitting applications under the first session of the Film Production Operational Programme for 2022. What are the Operational Programmes of the Polish Film Institute and what changes await us this year? PISF Operational Programmes The act of 30 June 2005 on cinematography obliges the Polish Film Institute to [...]

Is an indebted affiliate really the fifth wheel? About financial support from PISF
Providing financial support by the Polish Film Institute is undoubtedly an important aspect of creating conditions for the development of Polish audiovisual projects. However, when filling in applications for grants and incentives, the applicant may be in doubt whether the condition of its affiliated entities may prevent it from receiving funding. Therefore, does the bad [...]

Legal aspects of using music in films
For the first time, the sound appeared in film in 1927 in The Jazz Band Singer, which is considered the first sound film in the history of cinema. Since then, music has become an essential element of every audiovisual work, creating a background for the images that appear. Today it is hard to imagine the [...]

Starbucks mug on the Winterfell table - how did it happen?
The Internet rumbles about the "slip-up" of the creators of the latest episode of the eighth season of the famous series "Game of Thrones". What is it about this time? Well, in one of the scenes set at Starks Castle, Queen Daenerys is ‘accompanied’ by a paper cup from a well-known chain of Starbucks cafés. [...]

The world seen from a drone
In recent years, we have experienced a rapid development of technology in the area of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly referred to as drones. They are used in a myriad industries – from transporting blood to film production. In light of aviation law regulations, drones can essentially be divided into two categories – drones with a [...]

What’s new in the Operational Programs of the Polish Film Institute in 2016?
Every year, under the Director of the Polish Film Institute Order, the new Operational Programs for 2016 have been introduced, which differ in certain respects from the content of those from last year. As the PFI Operational Programs is a must read for any producer applying for funding with the institute, below we present important [...]

A child actor on a film set – fun or hard work?
The history of cinematography has seen many unforgettable creations by child actors. Many stars started their careers as children, like Leonardo DiCaprio in “What's Eating Gilbert Grape?”, Natalie Portman in the great “Léon: The Professional” or Tatum O'Neal, the youngest person to be awarded an Oscar for “Paper Moon”. Work in the film industry is [...]

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