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Jonathan Glazer’s new project among the films supported by the Polish Film Institute

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- The PISF has subsidised eight minority co-productions in its first slate of funding for 2020

Jonathan Glazer’s new project among the films supported by the Polish Film Institute
Director Jonathan Glazer

The Polish Film Institute (PISF) has vowed to make a decision on financial grants, despite the COVID-19 crisis, and while the commissions assessing Polish projects are still debating, the one for minority co-productions has already given its verdict. Eight international projects have therefore received a generous subsidy amounting to PLN 5.5 million (€1.28 million), which is around PLN 1.5 million (€348,000) more than the sum handed out in the previous funding slate.

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The biggest amount of money – PLN 2 million (€465,116) – will serve to bolster the budget of the upcoming Jonathan Glazer project The Zone of Interest, co-produced on the Polish side by Extreme Emotions Bis. Meanwhile, Oleg Sencow’s Nosorożec (Rhino) can count on PLN 1 million (€232,558). The Ukrainian director is once again teaming up with Warsaw-based Apple Film Production. Film Produkcja, which is co-producing Robert Hloz’s Punkt Przywracania (Restore Point), got PLN 650,000 (€151,162), while two projects will be supported with a sum of PLN 500,000 (€116,279) apiece: Norwegian Dream by Leiv Igor Devold (the Polish co-producer of which is Impakt Film) and Severed Head by Lofti Achour (with ShipsBoy on board as its local partner). Makbul Mubarak’s Autobiography, which is being co-produced by Staron-Film, was offered PLN 350,000 (€81,395), and Emre KayisAnatolian Leopard (the Polish partner on which is Donten & Lacroix Films) will get PLN 300,000 (€69,767). Also, Sonia Kronlund’s Człowiek o tysiącu twarzy (Man with a Thousand Faces) and production company Madants will be supported with a grant of PLN 200,000 (€46,511).

Additionally, the Polish-German Film Fund – formed by the PISF, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung and FFA – has also announced the recipients of its grants. Wika by Agnieszka Zwiefka (producers: My Way Studio and Ma.ja.de Filmproduktions) received €85,000, Asaf Saban’s The Delegation (production companies: Koi Studio for Poland and In Good Company for Germany) was offered €93,200, and Olga Delane’s Czarna Dziura Karabash (Black Hole Karabash) will be subsidised to the tune of €30,000: its producers are Arkana Studio Filmowe and Doppelplusultra Film and TV Production. The last (but not least) project to receive a grant (of €20,000) from the fund is Królowa Thule (Queen Thule), directed by Ewa Wikieł and produced by Koi Studio and Heartwake Films.

The PISF has two funding slates for minority co-productions and has announced the deadline for submissions for the second session, which is 9 September 2020.

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