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.
Poland 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 main cities of interest include:
Warsaw offers a unique Old Town, castles, urban and suburban looks, and an abundance of parks, woodland and meadows inside the city. Its terraced houses have doubled for Berlin looks. Warsaw is the main film production centre where most crew and equipment is based. Locations of note include Łazienki Park and Palace, Royal Castle, Wilanów Palace, Copernicus Science Centre, Palace of Culture and Science, Fryderyk Chopin Museum, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Outside of Warsaw you can also find the Skarpa Ski Jump ruins. Warsaw is also the gateway to Bialowieza Forest which is Europe’s last primeval forest. Heading south from Warsaw you can find the Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages in Michniów.
Krakow is probably the most charming and picturesque city in Poland. Krakow Market Square is full of pigeons and unique buildings such as St. Mary’s Basilica, Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall. Other locations of note include Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral, Krakow Barbican, and Old Synagogue. Krakow is also the gateway to the Tatra Mountains, Pieniny National Park, Tyniec Abbey, Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Auschwitz. Schindler’s List Płaszów labor camp film set remains can be found in Liban Quarry.
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. The area is known for its charming palaces and castles such as Książ Castle. The Chapel of Skulls is another interesting film location in this part of Poland.
Gdańsk is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. It is the gateway to film locations such as Malbork Castle, Masurian Lakes, Słowiński National Park sand dunes, Baltic Sea beaches, Crooked Forest near Gryfino, Nicolaus Copernicus House in Torun, and Westerplatte the site of the first battle of WWII.
Agricultural looks of interest in Poland include wheat and rye fields, dairy farms, cherry 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 & Tax Incentives
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.
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.
Film Crew & Talent
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.
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.
Poland Film 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, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is quite strong in Poland.
Studios. Several good options exist.
Post Production. Poland offers a variety of post production facilities.
Visas & 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.
Transport & Accommodation
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:
Safety. Poland is a safe and reliable filming centre. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. Explore Krakow, the Tatras, or the lake district.
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:
Hire Poland Production Support & Shooting Crew
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