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THE RULES AND REGULATIONS

OF THE 45th POLISH FILM FESTIVAL

as approved by the Organising Committee on 27th February 2020


§ 1.

1. Polish Film Festival, hereinafter referred to as “the Festival”, is an all-Poland review and competition of Polish cinema feature films of last year.

2. The Festival presents all film genres, and the basic criteria of competition selection are artistic quality and professionalism.

3. 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.

4. The Organising Committee and the Directors of the Festival ensure proper selection of films submitted to the Main Competition and other sections, they supervise the programme and the rules and regulations of the Festival, as well as the organisation of the Festival.

5. The Festival is held every year in Gdynia 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 referred to as “the Organisers”,

and the Co-organisers and the Directors 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 and each Co-organiser delegates one representative for the works of the Organising Committee.

5. The works of the Organising Committee are led by the Chairperson, who is appointed by the members of the Organising Committee, in an open ballot by an absolute majority of votes. The Chairperson is appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on application by the Organising Committee. Should the Chairperson be unable to lead the works of the Organising Committee, his or her powers are exercised by the member of the Organising Committee delegated by the Chairperson.

6. The competencies of the Organising Committee include:

a. announcing a contest for the post of the Artistic Director,
b. approving nominations for the members of the Contest Committee chosen by the Programme Council of the Festival,
c. approving the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition, on application by the Artistic Director,
d. approving the Festival programme, budget and media patrons,
e. participating in qualification of films submitted to the Main Competition, in accordance with principles specified in Article 7,
f. approving the Festival out-of-competition events, including in particular official film screenings, of special importance for the media.

7. The Organising Committee makes decisions in the form of resolutions passed by an absolute majority of votes. Each member of the Organising Committee has one vote. In case of equal distribution of votes, the Chairperson of the Committee has the casting vote.

8. Draft resolutions are presented to all members of the Organising Committee via an email or in writing.

9. A resolution can be adopted, if the meeting is attended by at least 50 percent of the members of the Organising Committee, plus one person.

10. In exceptional circumstances, the Organising Committee can adopt a resolution by circulation outside the meeting. Such a resolution is valid, provided that at least 50 percent of the members of the Organising Committee, plus one person, took part in an electronic vote, within a maximum of 5 working days. Adoption of a resolution is confirmed by the signature of the Chairperson of the Organising Committee.

11. The Organisers and Co-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 Governor 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 the course of the Festival are coordinated by the Directors of the Polish Film Festival.

3. The Directors of the Festival are:

a. the Director of the Festival,
b. the Artistic Director of the Festival.

4. The Directors of the Festival are appointed and dismissed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on application by the Organising Committee 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. The resolution should include the justification for the choice of the candidate.

6. The Artistic Director is selected by means of a contest, announced by the Organising Committee, in accordance with the rules and regulations accepted by the Committee and made available to the public.

7. As members of the Contest Committee selecting the Artistic Director, the Chairperson of the Programme Council indicates 7 persons, chosen by the Programme Council in accordance with Article 5 par. 5 and par. 6 from among the previous winners of Golden and Silver Lions.

8. The method of remuneration of the Directors of the Festival is determined by the Organising Committee.

9. Every year, after the closing of the Festival, the Organising Committee submits a written implementation report to the Organising Committee. In case the report is not approved, the Committee may put forward a motion to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to dismiss the Director of the Festival from his post, giving reasons for the decision.

10. Every year, after the closing of the Festival, the Artistic Director submits a written report on his activities to the Organising Committee and the Chairperson of the Programme Council. In case the report is not approved, the Organising Committee, having consulted its decision with the Chairperson of the Programme Council, may put forward a motion to the Minister of Culture and National Heritage to dismiss the Artistic Director from his post, giving reasons for the decision.


§ 5.

1. The Programme Council of the Festival is composed of recognised Polish filmmakers, representing different film professions, various film aesthetics and different generations, and their new members are indicated by the Organising Committee, after consulting the Chairperson of the Programme Council. The current composition of the Council is published on the Festival website.

2. The Programme Council of the Festival, as an advisory board of the Directors of the Festival and the Organising Committee, provides its opinion on the organisation of the Festival.

3. The Chairperson of the Programme Council is elected by its members in an open ballot by a simple majority of votes in accordance with par. 5 and par. 6 below. The Chairperson of the Programme Council is appointed for a 3-year term.

4. Every year, the Organising Committee invites new winners of the Golden and Silver Lions and the Golden Claw award to become members of the Programme Council.

5. The Programme Council makes decisions in the form of resolutions passed by an absolute majority of votes at the meetings of the Council, convened by the Chairperson of the Programme Council. Each member of the Council has one vote.

6. In exceptional circumstances, the Programme Council can adopt a resolution by circulation, by an e-mail, outside the meeting. Such a resolution is valid, if at least half of the Council’s members participated in the vote, within a maximum of 5 working days.

7. The competencies of the Programme Council include:

a. choosing the Contest Committee selecting the Artistic Director,
b. suggesting artistic events to include in the Festival programme,
c. suggesting candidates for the career achievements award – Platinum Lions, in agreement with the Polish Filmmakers Association,
d. suggesting candidates for the Jury of the Main Competition,
e. assisting in Festival promotion and shaping the image of the Festival,
f. making applications and suggestions concerning the organisation of the Festival,
g. the right of its members to become appointed to the Selection Board.


§ 6.

1. The Festival programme includes:

a. the Main Competition presenting full-length feature films,
b. the Short Film Competition presenting short feature films and graduation films of film school students as well as other short feature films,
c. the Polish Film Panorama that is an out-of-competition section presenting films submitted to but not qualified for the Main Competition,
d. other film out-of-competition sections and accompanying events proposed by the Directors of the Festival and approved by the Organising Committee.

2. The Artistic Director suggests the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition (7-9 members) and the Jury of the Short Film Competition (3-5 members), approved by the Organising Committee. The Juries may consist of Polish and foreign creators and representatives of filmmaking community.

3. The Artistic Director of the Festival is obliged to organise, as part of the Festival, a number of discussions aiming to assess the current state of Polish cinema as well as the attitudes, topics and aesthetics defining its shape.

4. The Artistic Director is obliged to create, as part of the Festival, a meeting platform for filmmakers, providing a forum for the discussion of key topics related to Polish cinema.

5. The Directors of the Festival invite interested entities to organise, as part of the Festival, meetings and seminars, screenings, exhibitions and other events supporting the development of Polish film culture.

6. The Directors of the Festival, in agreement with the Organising Committee, decide on the dates and forms of giving awards in the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition.

§ 7.

1. No more than 16 films qualify for the Main Competition.

2. The Artistic Director selects a maximum of 12 films for the Main Competition based on recommendations of the Selection Board appointed by the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director participates in the works of the Selection Board with the right to vote.

3. The Selection Board comprises a maximum of 5 people, at least 2 of whom are members of the Programme Council.

4. The list of films qualified by the Artistic Director is final. The list is made public immediately upon its receipt by the Organising Committee.

5. The Organising Committee may add to the Main Competition a maximum of 4 films. The list is made public immediately after its approval by the Committee.

6. Films for the Short Film Competition are selected by the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director may take into consideration recommendations of the Qualification Board composed of a maximum of 3 people.

§ 8.

1. The Schedule of Works on the 45th PFF constitutes an Appendix hereto.
The most important items of the Schedule are:


a. choosing the Contest Committee by the Programme Council,
b. appointing the Artistic Director,
c. selecting the submitted films by the Artistic Director.

2. In case of non-performance of works specified in Article 8 par. 1 a. b. c. within the time limits provided for in the Schedule, such works shall be performed by the Organising Committee responsible for the organisation of the Festival.

§ 9.

1. Films that may be submitted to the Main Competition are to be full-length feature films produced in Poland between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, 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 are to be films produced in Poland between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020. 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 of the film is a Polish citizen 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 the Polish Film Panorama section 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 present 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.

6. The producers of films qualified for the Main Competition bear full legal and financial responsibility for the films. That also means, they cannot withdraw the films from the Main Competition after 31st July 2020. Withdrawing them after that date is considered invalid and producing no legal effects for the Festival.

§ 10.

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

2. The Directors of the Festival participate 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 professionalism of the creation and the artistic value of the film.

4. The Jury of the Main Competition grants the Golden Claw award in the Visions Apart Competition, taking into consideration uncompromising form and content.

5. 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.

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

§ 11.

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.

c. the Award of the Polish Film Festival – Golden Claw in the Visions Apart Competition, and PLN 50,000 granted to the film’s producer and director (PLN 30,000 for the director and PLN 20,000 for the producer).

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 a directing debut and 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 Article 11 par. 1. a. b. c.

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.

§ 12.

1. Films are submitted to the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition by their producers. The films for the Short Film Competition may also be submitted by film schools.

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

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

Appendix:

SCHEDULE OF WORKS
ON THE 45TH POLISH FILM FESTIVAL

1. Setting the dates of the 45th PFF by the Organising Committee: until 30th November 2019

2. Approving the Rules and Regulations of the 45th PFF by the Organising Committee: until 29th February 2020

3. Choosing the Contest Committee in the contest for the post of the Artistic Director by the Programme Council: until 15th March 2020

4. Appointing the Artistic Director: until 15th May 2020

5. Closing the selection of films for the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition: until 15th July 2020

6. Approving the Programme of the 45th PFF by the Organising Committee: until 31st July 2020

7. Deciding on the composition of the Jury of the Main Competition and the Short Film Competition: until 10th August 2020

8. Opening the 45th PFF: 14th September 2020

9. Closing the 45th PFF: 19th September 2020

10. Summing up the 45th PFF by the Organising Committee: until 30th November 2020