Polish rebate incentives to attract foreign production to Eastern Europe

08 May 2020

Polish moneySince rolling out a 30% cash rebate at the beginning of 2019, Poland has been attracting foreign film production to Eastern Europe, Variety reports. 

With production in Poland being already robust prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry is now bullish that an incentive scheme introduced in its first year in 2019 has earned over €12 million from the Polish Film Institute (PFI) to support 26 projects. 

The rebates will be offered to feature films, animated films, documentaries and TV series. The PFI has also allocated 127 million zloty for project development and production in 2019, while a fund designed to support minority co-productions is boosting links between Polish and international producers. 

Poland is home to attractive landscapes and locations, as well as offering competitive costs in line or even lower than any other in the region, and is also equipped with highly-skilled crews. An adaptation of Harlan Coben’s thriller “The Woods,” produced by local production powerhouse ATM Grupa for Netflix, and “The Turncoat,” a World War II miniseries directed by Florian Gallenberger, an Oscar winner for live-action short, are among the many projects currently in production in Poland. 

Upcoming Polish projects include Jonathan Glazer’s Holocaust drama “The Zone of Interest”, which is being co-produced and distributed in the U.S. by A24 and “Rhino”, a new film by Ukrainian moviemaker Oleg Sentsov. 

Despite the implications of the coronavirus pandemic, film production in Poland is set to resume swiftly once strict anti-virus measures are eased. 

Other economic sectors including the automotive industry are also set to restart production, as both Volkswagen’s Polish plants and the Toyota-Poland factory have announced in late April that production will resume.