Culture minister to attend Polish film premiere in LA

Poland’s Culture Minister and deputy PM Piotr Gliński has descended on the City of Angels to attend the “'Poland: The Royal Tour” movie premiere and meet with the LA film industry.

"Poland: The Royal Tour" is a one of a kind story about Poland, its most recent history, tourist attractions and places worth visiting. Peter Greenberg is a CBS and PBS television star, Emmy award winner and, most importantly, the movie’s director. Guided by the Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki himself, Mr Greenberg had the opportunity to record Poland during its most beautiful months of October and November last year.

The footage helped to create the movie that will be premiered on Monday, April 15, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, which is the site where the Motion Picture Academy announces Oscar nominations. Further screenings will be held in Chicago and New York on Tuesday and Wednesday. On April 22, the film will be shown on PBS, an American network of 354 TV stations.

The Royal Tour is a series of documentary films presenting the history, culture and nature of the world's most interesting countries, with the heads of state and government acting as tour guides.

Minister Gliński’s visit also involves him and the Polish Film Institute head Radosław Śmigulski meeting representatives of the US film industry. The gist of the talks is expected to be the recently introduced incentive for audiovisual producers, under which producers and co-producers of films or movie series can recover 30 percent of the costs incurred in Poland.

The maximum financial support per project cannot exceed PLN 15 million (EUR 3.5 million) and the maximum combined amount per enterprise cannot exceed PLN 20 million (EUR 4.6 million) in a calendar year.

Mr Gliński's LA visit will also include a meeting with, among others, the organisers of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles organised since 1999 by the Polish American Film Society, as well as the LA City Department of Culture and the Polish diaspora. The latter will be met on Sunday, April 14 at the oldest Polish church in California, dedicated to the Black Madonna of Jasna Góra, known as the Californian Częstochowa.

Being the most populous state of the US, California is also home to 174,000 people strong diaspora of Poles.