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THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF 44th POLISH FILM FESTIVAL

as approved by the Organising Committee on 25th April 2019


§ 1.


1. Polish Film Festival, hereinafter called “the Festival”, is held in Gdynia as an all-Poland event and it constitutes a review and competition of Polish cinema feature films.

2. The aim of the Festival is to promote Polish film art in Poland and abroad and to award the best feature films and their makers.

3. The Festival is held every year on the dates established by the Organising Committee.

§ 2.

1. The Organising Committee supervises the organisation and preparation of the Festival.

2. The Organising Committee is composed of:

a) the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage,
b) the Polish Film Institute,
c) the Polish Filmmakers Association,
d) the Municipality of the Pomerania Province,
e) the City of Gdynia,
hereinafter called “the Organisers”,

and the Co-organisers, the Chairperson of the Programme Council and the Director of the Festival.

3. The Co-organisers of the Festival are:

a) Telewizja Polska SA,
b) Adam Mickiewicz Institute,
c) National Centre for Culture,
d) other partners of the Festival proposed by a member of the Organising Committee, accepted by the majority of the Organisers.

4. Each Organiser delegates one representative for the works of the Organising Committee.

5. The works of the Organising Committee are led by the Chairperson of the Organising Committee of the Festival, who is appointed for a 3-year term by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from among the members of the Organising Committee.

6. The competencies of the Organising Committee include in particular:

a) choosing the Director of the Festival and the Festival’s Programme Council and its Chairperson,
b) approving the Festival programme, budget and media patrons,
c) approving the list of films qualified for the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition,
d) approving the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition,
e) making other decisions important for the regular course of the Festival.

7. The Organising Committee makes decisions in the form of resolutions passed by a simple majority of votes.

8. In case of equal distribution of votes, the Chairperson of the Committee has the casting vote.

9. The Organisers invite to participate in the organisation of the Festival other, domestic or foreign, state, community and private entities that wish to make a material or financial contribution to the preparation and implementation of the Festival.

§ 3.

1. The Honorary Committee of the Festival is composed of:

a) the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – the Chairman of the Honorary Committee,
b) the Representative of the Honorary Guest Country at the Festival,
c) the Marshal of the Pomerania Province,
d) the Mayor of the City of Gdynia,
e) the President of the Polish Filmmakers Association,
f) the representatives of the Co-organisers,
g) other eminent public figures.

2. The Chairperson of the Honorary Committee of the Festival applies to the high representatives of the State for the patronage over the Festival.

§ 4.

1. The producer of the Festival is the Pomeranian Film Foundation in Gdynia.

2. The works related to the preparation and course of the Festival are coordinated by the Director of the Polish Film Festival.

3. The Director of the Festival is appointed and dismissed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on application by the Organising Committee.

4. The Director of the Festival is appointed for a 3-year term.

5. The Organising Committee applies to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to appoint the Director by resolution by a simple majority of votes for a 3-year term or shorter. The resolution should include the justification for the choice of the candidate.

6. The method of remuneration of the Director of the Festival is determined by the Organising Committee.

7. Every year, after the closing of the Festival, the Organising Committee passes a vote of confidence for the Director of the Festival. In case of a negative decision, the Committee may put forward a motion to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to dismiss the Director from their post.

§ 5.

1. The Organising Committee appoints the Programme Council of the Festival.

2. The Programme Council is an advisory board of the Organising Committee.

3. The Organising Committee appoints as members of the Programme Council filmmakers, taking into account their significant artistic output, awards granted in Poland and abroad (with particular focus on the awards granted at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia), representing various film professions, various film aesthetics and different generations as well as persons of outstanding merit for the Polish cinema art.

4. Candidates to the Programme Council are put forward by members of the Organising Committee.

5. The competencies of the Programme Council include in particular:

a) suggesting artistic events to include in the Festival programme,
b) suggesting candidates for the career achievements award – Platinum Lions,
c) assisting in Festival promotion and shaping the external image of the Festival,
d) making applications and suggestions concerning the organisation of the Festival to the Organising Committee,
e) the right of its members to become appointed to the Selection Board.

6. The Selection Board consists of at least 5 people selected in the first half of each calendar year out of all members of the Programme Council of the Festival. The Programme Council submits for the approval of the Organising Committee the list of members of the Selection Board no later than 7 days from the date of their selection.

7. The Chairperson of the Selection Board is elected by the Organising Committee on the application of the Chairperson of the Programme Council.

8. Members of the Selection Board cannot be engaged in any way in the production of films submitted to the Main Competition. Also, they cannot be related as a family or be professionally subordinate to people engaged in key creative or production positions in the production process of films submitted to the Main Competition.

9. The Selection Board is appointed for a 1-year term, counting from the day of its appointment.

§ 6.

1. The Festival programme includes:

a) the Main Competition, in which awards for films – Golden Lions and Silver Lions as well as individual awards for filmmakers and co-makers are granted,
b) the Short Film Competition presenting short feature films and graduation feature films of film school students as well as short feature films,
c) out-of-competition section Polish Film Panorama presenting films submitted to but not qualified for the Main Competition selected by the Organising Committee,
d) other events and out-of-competition sections proposed by the Director in cooperation with the Chairperson of the Programme Council and approved by the Organising Committee.

2. The Director, acting in co-operation with the Chairperson of the Programme Council and on condition of consent from the Organising Committee, may change the programme of the Festival or establish additional competition categories and their rules and regulations.

3. In co-operation with the Programme Council, the Director of the Festival invites interested people, associations and institutions to organise, as part of the Festival, meetings, seminars, screenings, exhibitions and other events supporting the development of film art and culture.

4. The Director of the Festival, in agreement with the Organising Committee, decides on the dates and forms of giving awards in both competitions.

§ 7.

1. No more than 20 films qualify for the Main Competition.

2. In the pre-selection process, the Selection Board recommends a maximum of 20 titles for the Main Competition. The Organising Committee is obliged to approve at least 8 of them.

3. The final decision about the films qualified for the Main Competition is made by the Organising Committee. Decisions on this issue are made on the principle of consensus, and if that is impossible, by a majority of votes. Separate opinions are not recorded in the minutes, and the decisions are final and not subject to appeal.

4. The Director, in agreement with the Chairperson of the Programme Council, recommends films for the Short Film Competition.

5. The Director of the Festival may, with the consent of the Organising Committee, appoint a Qualification Board, who will select films for the Short Film Competition.

6. The Director, in agreement with the Chairperson of the Programme Council, suggests the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition (7–9 members) and the Jury of the Short Film Competition. The Juries may consist of Polish and foreign creators and representatives of the filmmaking community.

7. The Programme Council may recommend candidates for the Jury of the Main Competition.

8. The final decision on the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition and the Jury of the Short Film Competition is made by the Organising Committee by way of voting, based on candidate lists submitted by the Director and the Programme Council.

9. The Director, members of the Selection Board and members of the Organising Committee are obliged to preserve the confidentiality of deliberations and voting.

10. Films already submitted for selection in previous years cannot be resubmitted to the Main Competition.

§ 8.

1. Films that may be submitted to the Main Competition in 2019 are to be feature films produced in Poland between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, which constitute a separate artistic whole, whose minimal running time is 70 minutes, and which meet technical and artistic requirements for cinematic distribution. The films should be delivered for screening as DCPs.

2. Films that may be submitted to the Short Film Competition in 2019 are to be films produced in Poland between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019. The films should be delivered for screening as DCPs (preferred), ProRes files or DNxHD files.

3. Only films that meet at least one of the following requirements are eligible for selection for the Main Competition:

a) the leading producer is a Polish citizen, owns at least 51% of the author’s economic rights to the film, and their contribution accounts for at least 51% of the film budget,
b) the director and screenwriter of the film are Polish citizens and the co-producer of the film is an entity with a seat on the territory of the Republic of Poland, owns at least 20% of the author’s economic rights to the film, and its contribution accounts for at least 20% of the film budget,
c) the original language version of the film is Polish.

4. Films submitted to and not qualified for the Main Competition may be presented in out-of-competition section Polish Film Panorama on condition of consent from the producer and the Organising Committee.

5. Only films submitted in time and according to the rules defined in the Rules and Regulations and in the Rules for submitting films to the Festival and the Technical Appendix thereto: the two documents approved annually by the Organising Committee at the request of the Director of the Festival, will be considered. Screening copies of Polish-language films submitted to the Main Competition must have English subtitles. If the dialogue track includes languages other than Polish, the applicant must cover the costs of translation and screening of Polish and English subtitles.

§ 9.

1. The awards in the Main Competition are granted by the Jury of the Main Competition.

2. The Director of the Festival participates in the deliberations of the Jury of the Main Competition without the right to vote.

3. The Jury of the Main Competition grants awards: the Grand Prize of the Polish Film Festival – Golden Lions and the Award of the Polish Film Festival – Silver Lions, taking into consideration the following criteria:

a) professional level of making the film,
b) the artistic value of the film and its chances for international success at foreign film festivals,
c) the originality of the film’s form or subject,
d) the personal character of artistic expression.

4. The Jury of the Main Competition grants individual awards to filmmakers taking into consideration the following criteria:

a) the filmmaker’s outstanding achievements in the film,
b) the highest level of professionalism,
c) complexity and level of difficulty of the artistic assignment,
d) precision and force of the used means of expression.

5. The awards in the Short Film Competition are granted by the Jury of the Short Film Competition.

§ 10.

1. The following awards* in the Main Competition are established:

a) the Grand Prize of the Polish Film Festival – Golden Lions and PLN 300,000 granted to the film’s producer and director (PLN 200,000 for the director and PLN 100,000 for the producer). The leading producer of the winning film is entitled to a subsidy of PLN 200,000 or PLN 250,000 for a historical film from the Polish Film Institute for the development of their next film.

b) the Award of the Polish Film Festival – Silver Lions and PLN 150,000 granted to the film’s producer and director (PLN 100,000 for the director and PLN 50,000 for the producer). The leading producer of the winning film is entitled to a subsidy of PLN 200,000 from the Polish Film Institute for the development of their next film.

2. In the Main Competition, the following individual awards* for filmmakers are established for:

a) directing: PLN 25,000
b) screenplay: PLN 25,000
c) directing debut or second film: PLN 15,000
d) actress in a leading role: PLN 15,000
e) actor in a leading role: PLN 15,000
f) professional acting debut: PLN 15,000
g) cinematography: PLN 15,000
h) music: PLN 15,000
i) art direction: PLN 15,000
j) actress in a supporting role: PLN 15,000
k) actor in a supporting role: PLN 15,000
l) sound: PLN 15,000
m) film editing: PLN 15,000
n) costume design: PLN 15,000
o) make-up: PLN 15,000.

3. The individual awards in the Main Competition should, above all, reflect the professionalism and significance of individual filmmakers’ contribution to the final shape of the film. The award for directing should not double with the Golden or Silver Lions. The award for directing should not double with the award for directing debut or second film.

4. The following awards* in the Short Film Competition are established:

a) best film: PLN 15,000,
b) special award: PLN 10,000,
c) special mention: PLN 5,000.

5. The Organising Committee of the Festival may grant the Award of the Polish Film Festival – Platinum Lions to a filmmaker for their career achievements. The winner of the award is proposed by the Programme Council in agreement with the Polish Filmmakers Association. The winner is presented with a statuette and PLN 30,000.

6. Considering the generic and thematic variety of competition films, the Jury may broaden the scope of award categories. However, this should not cause an increase in the sum total provided for the competition awards. In exceptional cases, the Jury may refrain from granting an award in any of the above-mentioned categories with the exception of those defined in § 10 section 1.

7. The Organising Committee may decide to increase the sums of competition awards.

8. The Audience Award of PLN 15,000 is granted by the Festival audience voting at Festival venues to the director of a film qualified for the Main Competition.

* value before tax

§ 11.

1. Films are submitted to the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition by their producers or the Polish Film Institute based on its Operational Programmes. The films for the Short Film Competition may also be submitted by film schools.

2. The films are submitted according to the Rules for submitting films to the Festival, announced annually by the Director of the Festival.

3. Applying for participation in the Festival means that the applicant accepts the Rules and Regulations and the Rules for submitting films to the Festival.