Poland Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Poland
For an introduction to shooting in Poland see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, 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.
Warsaw, Krakow, Wrocław, and Olsztyn are the major film production centres.
Agricultural looks of interest in Poland include wheat and rye fields, dairy farms, cherry and apple orchards.
Poland has hosted films such as Mr Jones (2019), Bridge Of Spies (2015), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Inland Empire (2006), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Pianist (2002), and Schindler’s List (1993).
Poland is divided into 16 voivodeships:
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, Old Town Market Place, Warsaw Rising Museum, Copernicus Science Centre, Palace of Culture and Science, Fryderyk Chopin Museum, and POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. On the outskirts of Warsaw you can find the Skarpa Ski Jump ruins. Deepspot is a pool that goes to a depth of 45metres (148 feet).
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, Wawel Castle, Wawel Cathedral, Krakow Barbican, and Old Synagogue.
Krakow is also the gateway to the Tatra Mountains, Pieniny National Park, Ojcowski National Park, Tyniec Abbey, Nowy Wiśnicz Castle, Niedzica Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mine, and Auschwitz. Other cities of note in Lesser Poland include Tarnow and Nowy Sącz. Zakopane is a resort town known for its ski facilities and historic wooden villas. Morskie Oko is a picture perfect high mountain lake located deep within Tatra National Park. St Paraskevi Church in Kwiatoń is a wooden Gothic church.
The Schindler’s List (1993) Płaszów labor camp film set remains can be found in Liban Quarry.
Wrocław is an important centre for film and TV production. It is famous for its rivers and channels it has doubled for 19th century Amsterdam. Wroclaw locations of note include Ostrów Tumski, Centennial Hall, Market Square, and Wrocław Town Hall.
The area is known for its charming palaces and castles such as Książ Castle, Oleśnica Castle, Czocha Castle, Krobielowice Palace, Radomierzyce Palace, Jedlinka Palace, Wojanów Palace, Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Palace. Vang stave church is a 12th century church. Wambierzyce is a popular pilgrimage site. The Chapel of Skulls is another interesting film location in this part of Poland. Nature of note includes Karkonosze National Park, Szczeliniec Wielki, and Stołowe Mountains National Park.
Gdańsk is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. It is the gateway to film locations such as Malbork Castle, Kwidzyn Castle, Słowiński National Park sand dunes, Baltic Sea beaches, and Westerplatte the site of the first battle of WWII. The nearby seaside resort city of Sopot is known for its health spas, sandy beach, long wooden pier, and the Grand Hotel.
Poznań is the largest city. Other cities of note include Gniezno and Kalisz. Gołuchów Castle and Kórnik Castle are beautiful film locations.
Cities of note include Toruń, Bydgoszcz, and Grudziądz. Nicolaus Copernicus House is located in Toruń.
Łódź is a former industrial hub. Manufaktura is a former textile factory.
Zamosc is a Renaissance town known for Great Market Square and its impressive 17th-century Town Hall. Kazimierz Dolny is a beautiful small town. Pre-war, the city of Lublin was one of the world’s leading centres of Judaism. Polesie National Park is known for its peat-bog preserves.
Zielona Góra is known for its many vineyards.
Cities of note include Opole, Nysa, and Brzeg. Moszna Castle is a beautiful fairytale film location.
Bialowieza Forest is Europe’s last primeval forest. Branicki Palace is a beautiful location in Białystok.
Tykocin is one of the best preserved shtetls in the world.
Jasna Góra in Częstochowa is the holiest Roman Catholic shrine in Poland. Cities of note include Katowice, Gliwice, and Bielsko-Biała. Bobolice Castle is an interesting film location. Ogrodzieniec Castle is a ruined medieval castle. Krowiarki Palace is another eerie abandoned structure. The Church of the Holy Spirit in Tychy is an interesting Modernist structure.
Polands far south-eastern region is mostly forests and mountains. Locations of note include Rzeszów town hall, Łańcut Castle, Sanok, Krasiczyn Castle, and Przemyśl.
Holy Cross Province
Cities of note include Kielce and Sandomierz. Krzyżtopór Castle in Ujazd is a famous castle ruin. The Mausoleum of the Martyrdom of Polish Villages is located in Michniów.
Olsztyn and the former royal city of Elbląg are the largest cities. The Masurian Lake District has over 2,000 lakes. Castles of note include Frombork and Lidzbark Warmiński. The eerie ruins of Hitler’s war time headquarters, the Wolf’s Lair, is located in this part of Poland.
Locations of note include Kołobrzeg Lighthouse, Ducal Castle in Szczecin, Darłowo Castle and the Crooked Forest near Gryfino.
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.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Poland Costs & Tax Incentives For Filming
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 30% 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.
Poland 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
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.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Poland Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is quite strong in Poland.
Studios. Several good options exist. ATM Studios in Warsaw and Alvernia Studios in Krakow have sound studios and post facilities.
Post Production. Poland offers a variety of post production facilities.
Poland Visas & Work Permits For Filming
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.
Poland 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:
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