The Podkarpackie Film Commission was established by the Podkarpackie Voivodship in 2016, for the benefit of all those who wish to be inspired by the cinematic potential of the region. The commission operates within the structure of the Regional House of Culture in Rzeszow.  

The main area of the commission's activity is comprehensive support of audiovisual productions. The commission assists the production process at all its stages - from searching for the best locations, to assistance in obtaining the required permits, help in reaching audiovisual professionals in the region and assistance in accessing periproduction services. The commission maintains a constantly updated database of potential film locations, local professionals and service providers. It actively promotes the region to Polish and foreign filmmakers. It cooperates with local institutions, and establishes contacts with local authorities for comprehensive production support. 

A key tool of the commission is a program of financial support for film productions made in the region. In 2016, the commission piloted the Podkarpackie Film Chronicle program, which produces films documenting places, people and events related to the province. Currently, the catalog counts more than 30 completed films. The commission is also the operator of the Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund, from which a producer can obtain funds for a feature, documentary or animated film. The funds, provided on the basis of co-production contributions, have been awarded since 2017 through a competition.  

The commission is also active in the field of animating film culture in the region by organizing film events. Of these, the most important are:Podkarpackie Film Trail, KINOLUB Children's and Youth Film Festival, film events and film premieres made in the region.  

In addition, the commission carries out educational projects aimed at developing the cinematic competence of young filmmakers and facilitating their start. Since 2017, the commission has been running the camON program, which offers filmmakers to work under the guidance of professional filmmakers and gain practical skills on set. Since 2022, the commission has been cooperating with the school in Jaroslaw by implementing pilot training courses for creative students in sound and color correction - professions in short supply in the film market. 

The commission's activities are changing the image of filmmaking in Podkarpacie and contributing to its cultural, economic and tourist development. 

 

Podkarpackie Film Commission in numbers:

over 50 productions that have received financial support since 2016

more than 12,000 participants in film events

more than 300 film locations in the location database

nearly 100 graduates of film courses

 

 

Creators about the work of the commission

I am delighted with how we were received here, how much good energy we received from the people of the region, in the various places where we recorded. This cordiality, efforts, help we received surprised me and I thank you very much for it.  

Jan Jakub Kolski, director of "Pardon"

We set all the action in Rzeszow because of the charming Rzeszow Market Square. The place is optimistic, bright, positive and absolutely captivating.   

Tomasz Szafrański, director of "Lord of Adventures. From Here to Oblivio"

Thank you for the support you have given us. I think this will be a good omen. The first feature film that you have subsidized has achieved such success. We hope to return to the Podkarpacie region. You have beautiful locations, images, people.  

Ewa Puszczynska, producer of "Cold War"

We came here and immediately fell in love. When we got to Jaśliska, it turned out that everything in the script agreed with the place. The church stands exactly opposite the chapel we had in our heads, then there is a store and a bus stop next door. And those unique wooden houses in the market square. Jaśliska is on the trail of wooden architecture, so these houses have such a specific style, which reminds me a bit of Scandinavia, and I'll admit frankly that when thinking about the film - I had such a bit of Scandinavia in my mind. I wanted to get it away from such strictly Polish climates, to let the audience know that this story could happen in different places in the world. 

Jan Komasa, director of "Corpus Christi"

The Olza Wall - a beautiful place, very dramatic, one of the most important places for us. But also a whole range of others - we shoot here for four days (...). We came back from the location, which is called "the tunnel" (...). Since it's a very impressive interior, I couldn't deny myself that that's where we didn't shoot a scene. Fate didn't carry me to these places earlier, but I don't regret it, because indeed the locations are beautiful.  

Jerzy Skolimowski, director of "IO"

This was the first time I made a film in the Podkarpacie region. I would love to come back here with more projects, which I am already thinking about.  

Krzysztof Zanussi, director of "Ether"

 

Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund

The fund is a program of financial support for the production of feature films, documentaries and animated films. The main objective of the fund is cultural, tourist and economic promotion of the region. The fund is implemented in the form of a competition for film producers held once a year. The first edition of the competition was held in 2017.

The condition for receiving financial support is that the production is linked to the region through, among other things: subject matter, filmmakers (entrepreneurs and audiovisual professionals operating in the region), and, most importantly, through locations The funds awarded to selected productions are co-production contributions and are of an investment nature. This means that when the film makes money, the fund makes money. In addition, 100% of the co-production contribution must be spent by the producer in the region. Thus, the funds awarded to producers return to the region.

So far, there have already been 6 editions of the competition, in which nearly 4 million zlotys have been allocated to support the film production of more than twenty films.

Among the films co-produced as part of the fund are the Oscar-nominated "Corpus Christi" (directed by Jan Komasa) and "Cold War" (directed by Pawel Pawlikowski) or the Jury Award-winning "IO" (directed by Jerzy Skolimowski) at the Cannes Festival. In addition to feature films, the following have been produced with the fund's support: family films, such as "Double Trouble 2" (directed by Marta Karwowska) or „"Rock’n’Roll Eddie" (directed by Tomasz Szafrański), animated films - "Insect" (directed by Marcin Podolec) and documentary films - "Polonina, my dream" (directed by Robert Żurakowski). 

  kadry z filmw koprodukowanych w ramach Podkarpackiego Regionalnego Funduszu Filmowego

 

 

Podkarpackie Film Chronicle

The second program of financial support is the Podkarpackie Film Chronicle, which co-finances documentary films thematically related to the Podkarpackie region. The program promotes the creation of conditions for the development of film productions in Podkarpackie and the documentation of the history and present of the region. It is implemented once a year in the form of a competition with funds from the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. Since the launch of the program in 2016, there have already been 7 editions of the program, under which nearly 560,000 zlotys were allocated to support the film production of more than forty films.

Among the completed projects, we can find films reaching back into history, depicting the lives and extraordinary achievements of prominent figures of the region, such as Franciszek Kotula ("His Unknown", directed by Roland Dubiel), Edward Janusz ("Rzeszowskie janusze", directed by Ilona Dusza Kowalska and Jakub Pawłowski), Aleksader Ładoś ("Passport Affairs", directed by Roland Dubiel) or the titular "Wieleżyński, an alchemist from Lviv" (directed by Mariusz Bonaszewski). The extensive catalog of films of the Podkarpackie Film Chronicle also includes portraits of representatives of creative circles who have gained fame and recognition in Poland and internationally. Noteworthy among them are documentaries about Barbara Porczyńska, a talented painter ("Mamartist," directed by Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz), Arkadiusz Andrejkow ("They Are Again," directed by Paulina Ibek), who is known for creating the so-called "deskals" or about Jerzy Dynia ("And the Band Plays to the End" directed by Roland Dubiel), a popularizer of folk music. Also of interest among the filmmakers were social topics, such as the run of parents of children with cystic fibrosis along the Great Bieszczady Loop ("Kilometers of Breaths" dir. Rafał Gużkowski), or the work of STORAT rescuers and their canine charges, who are on constant alert to search for and save the lives of the missing ("Fuks" dir. Jakub Kowalczyk); or topics related to life in wild corners of the region's most beautiful lands: the Bieszczady and Beskid Niski ("Plaje" dir. Rado Barłowski, Łukasz Grudysz, "Wypasiony raj" dir. Rafał Gużkowski).

Most of the films were screened on regional television. The catalog is also available on the YouTube channel of the Podkarpackie Film Commission, where 23 films have been published, with a total of 25,909 views (as of 5.09.22).

 

 kadry filmw powstaych w ramach Podkarpackiej Kroniki Filmowej

 

 

Film locations catalog

From the beginning, the commission's goal has been to create a base of film locations, which is a tool for promoting the region's film potential and cooperation with the Polish and global film industry. 

Currently, the base of film locations includes more than 300 locations and facilities. On the website of the Podkarpackie Film Commission one can find a wide representation of this collection grouped by category and nature of the locations. These include, for example, military, nature, commercial buildings and residential architecture. The commission's staff is constantly expanding this resource. The network of contacts and involvement of institutions such as the State Forests and its subordinate Forest Districts, the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection, the Bieszczady Division of the Border Guard, the Department of Promotion, Tourism and Economic Cooperation, representatives of local government units, private individuals, local guides or regionalists are invaluable help in carrying out this activity.

The Commission offers support not only by providing access to the documentation in its possession, but also by actively seeking locations for specific projects. It also helps in the process of organizing a film set and in reaching out to local service providers.

 

Lokacje

 

 

Podkarpackie Film Trail

The Podkarpackie Film Trail has been created since 2020. Its premise is to popularize the region's film heritage and create conditions for its discovery. Annual film events inaugurate successive stages of the trail, and the developed walking maps and online knowledge base of the region's film history serve tourists and residents throughout the year.

The first point of the Podkarpackie Film Trail was Jaśliska (2020), followed by Przemyśl (2021) and Bieszczady (2022). Each edition of the Podkarpackie Film Trail attracts thousands of participants. These include tourists from all over Poland, as well as residents and enthusiasts of the region. In addition to the event itself, the filmowepodkarpacie.pl platform is still being developed, where those interested can explore the history of film productions made in Podkarpacie, learn interesting facts from film sets and statements from filmmakers. An online map of the trail is also available here.

In 2022, the Podkarpackie Film Trail was nominated for the 14th Polish Film Institute Awards in the Animation of Film Culture category. The awards, which honor exceptional achievements supporting the development of Polish cinematography, are a special honor for the film industry.

The Podkarpackie Film Trail was included in the Strategy for the Development of the Voivodeship - Podkarpackie 2030, where it was indicated as one of the innovative and unique products creating the cultural brand of the voivodeship. 

The Podkarpackie Film Trail is a multi-year program. The next events are planned in Jaroslaw (2023) and Sanok (2024). It is worth mentioning that the filmography of the region - thanks to the Podkarpackie Regional Film Fund and the Podkarpackie Film Chronicle - is enriched year by year with new film productions, and the interest of filmmakers in new places of the region makes more film spots appear on the map of the Podkarpackie Film Trail.

 

Podkarpacki Szlak Filmowy wspomnienia

 

 

Film events

Since the beginning, the commission has been implementing film initiatives and organizing events aimed at popularizing film culture, film education for children and adults, providing access to world cinematographic works and valuable works of independent cinema to the region's residents. Among the organized events are periodic events of international scope, such as the KINOLUB Festival, as well as reviews, meetings and thematic screenings.

Since 2017, the KINOLUB International Film Festival for Children and Youth has been organized in the region, which is entirely dedicated to young audiences. The festival presents the latest world productions, ambitious cinema, presented and awarded at international festivals. The screenings are accompanied by discussions, meetings with filmmakers from Poland and abroad, and workshops.

In response to the need for film education in schools, in 2018, in cooperation with the Board of Education in Rzeszow, the commission launched the Film with Class program, as part of which 42 teachers from the region improved competencies in this area.

In 2018, in partnership with the SOAR Foundation, the commission organized the event High Noon. Fred Zinnemann Returns to Rzeszow!, which was designed to familiarize residents of the Podkarpackie region with the figure of the prominent Hollywood filmmaker and his Rzeszow roots. The program included outdoor film screenings, a concert, an exhibition, walks in the footsteps of Rzeszow Jews, panels and meetings. Special guests were Emily and Oscar Zinnemann - the director's grandchildren. A mural dedicated to the director located on Lisa-Kula Street in Rzeszow reminds us of the event.

The following year, the committee organized the event His Lordship Waszynski. Meetings with Film Classics - a review of the films of Michał Waszyński, an extremely active film director in the interwar period, a man with an extremely colorful and intriguing biography.

Since 2020, the commission has been a partner of the European Film Academy (EFA), within the framework of which, together with institutions from across Europe, it organizes the prestigious EFA Young Audience Award event. Thanks to the partnership, young people in the region have the opportunity to choose the best European production dedicated to young audiences.

Since 2020, as part of the GreenFilmTourism project - an initiative for the promotion and sustainable development of the film heritage of the Polish-Slovak border area, in partnership with Polish and Slovak organizations, the commission has been implementing activities aimed at creating tools for the effective promotion of the cross-border heritage film trail, as well as developing environmentally friendly solutions for future film productions.

 

 Wydarzenia filmowe wspomnienia

 

 

CamON workshops

The camON program has been implemented since 2017 in the form of a series of workshops, masterclasses, consultations in the fields of directing, screenwriting, production, cinematography, sound design, editing, among others. The program is dedicated to young filmmakers from the region who want to develop their skills and improve their professional qualifications. The program offers hands-on work in the production of shorts, working through each stage of production under the guidance of experienced filmmakers, and enables them to establish extensive contacts in the film community.

Classes taught by award-winning filmmakers and film school lecturers are held in the form of monthly assemblies, online classes and field work on a film set. The course tutors are Paweł Chorzępa and Maciej Cuske. Both have many years of experience directing documentaries and feature films awarded at international festivals. The program's classes were also taught by, among others, Aneta Hickinbotham - producer of such films as "Corpus Christi", "The Last Family", "Leave No Traces", Maciej Bochniak - director of, among others, "Magnesia" the series "About Me Don't Worry," and Przemysław Chruścielewski - editor of, among others, the series "The King."

Nearly 100 students took part in five annual cycles, and 5 feature and documentary shorts were produced as part of the course. The young filmmakers are using the knowledge and experience they have gained in their work on film sets and realizing their own film projects, including the Podkarpackie Film Chronicle. Several have taken up higher education in film studies.

 

Pilot course for the education of high school students in the area of film professions

The Commission is initiating and implementing a course to educate high school students in the area of film professions in the topics of sound production and color post-production. The partner of the project is the School of Innovation in Jaroslaw. The project is implemented with funds from the Polish Film Institute (PISF) and the Podkarpackie Voivodeship until the end of 2022.

The aim of the course is to instill in students at the secondary education stage an interest in filmmaking professions. The choice of course topics is not accidental. The research report "New and Deficit Film Professions in Poland", created by the Andrzej Wajda Film Culture Center, confirms that the profession of colorist (responsible for color correction, among other things) and sound operator are deficit specializations in the film industry. The initiative may contribute to filling the gap in the market of film profession specialists in Poland and the Podkarpackie region in the future.

 

Greenfilming

The audiovisual industry, in all its forms, from production to distribution, contributes to environmental degradation, including emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. In response to these challenges, the Podkarpackie Film Commission has set itself the goal of finding effective solutions to contribute to curbing the climate crisis. A key activity is to promote the idea of sustainable production - greenfilming, the conscious realization of audiovisual works in the most ecological way possible.

The Commission is one of the initiators of Film for Climate, an informal group that includes the following: National Chamber of Audiovisual Producers.

 

 

 

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