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Poland

Poland Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Poland? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Poland? See below for an introduction to Poland locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Situated in the geographic centre of Europe, Poland offers a great diversity of natural landscapes and architecture. Landscapes include snow-capped mountains, deep forests, lakes, sandy beaches, and rural looks. Architecture in Poland ranges from early Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, Soviet, Modernist and Contemporary. Poland is famous for its many well maintained castles.

The three main cities of interest include:

Warsaw offers a unique old quarter, castles, urban and suburban looks, and an abundance of parks, woodland and meadows inside the city. Its terraced houses have doubled for Berlin looks. Locations of note include the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Warsaw is the main production centre so all crew and equipment must travel from there.

Krakow is probably the most charming and picturesque city in Poland. Krakow Market Square is full of pigeons and unique buildings. Krakow is also the gateway to the Tatra Mountains, Wieliczka Salt Mine and Auschwitz. Another WW2 atrocities memorial in this area is the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages.

Wroclaw is the fastest developing Polish city and is becoming an important centre for film and TV production. Famous for its rivers and channels it has doubled for 19th century Amsterdam. It is also known for its charming palaces and castles as well as beautiful green areas.

Other locations of note include Malbork Castle, Książ Castle, Masurian Lakes, Slowinski Sand Dunes, Baltic beaches, Gdańsk’s old town, and Bialowieza Forest which is Europe’s last primeval forest.

Agricultural looks of interest in Poland include wheat and rye fields, dairy farms, and apple orchards (Poland is the largest producer of apples in the world).

Poland has hosted films such as Bridge Of Spies, Schindler’s List, Zero Dark Thirty, and Inland Empire.

Poland Film Location Permits. Low impact filming in Warsaw or other Polish cities does not require a permit. Filming that requires exclusive use of public space, larger setups, pyrotechnics, or stunts requires film permits. Timing and costs vary depending on the specific details of the shoot. Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Poland has a four-season climate with hot summers, colourful leaves in fall, white winters, and spring in full bloom. May to October are the best months to film warm weather looks. November to April has snow in the mountains. For monthly weather statistics please see here

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Poland.

Costs. Poland on average is much more cost effective than Western Europe, on par with Czech or Hungary, and more expensive than Latvia, Ukraine or Romania. Poland does not yet trade in the Euro. Our locally based fixers and service producers negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Poland has very few non-Polish talent looks available but its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you ever need to look further. Model agencies of note include Carol Models and SPP Models. Actors agencies of note include Gudejko, Passa, and Prozano.

Crews. Poland has a small but impressive pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of creative talent should you ever need to look further. There are no unions in Poland. Crew costs are very competitive compared to Western Europe. Polish crews are experienced and creative. They have a great attitude and English is widely spoken.

Contact us if you are looking for a Warsaw, Krakow or Wroclaw based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Poland.

Equipment. Poland is Panavision based. All of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment is available locally. Some specialised gear needs to be brought in. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Poland is an ATA carnet country.

Art department and set construction is quite strong in Poland.

Studios. Several good options exist.

Tax Incentives. A 25% cash rebate is available to co-productions, domestic and service productions. Only feature films, documentaries and high-end television series can receive the rebate. Incentives are also available from regional film offices. The Polish Film Institute runs its own fund which covers up to a maximum of 50% of the total budget.

Post Production. Poland offers a variety of post production facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Poland is a member of the Schengen Area. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Only certain countries need visas and there is no need for work permits.

Transportation Infrastructure is all up to known and expected world standards. Poland is serviced well domestically and globally by several international and regional budget airlines.

Accommodation. Contact us for film friendly hotels in Warsaw and other parts of Poland. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Accommodation of note in Warsaw includes:

Mamaison Residence Diana

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Poland is a safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Poland, please see below:

Down Time. Explore Krakow, the Tatras, or the lake district.

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Poland, please contact us.

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