Culture minister to meet film industry representatives in LA

The Polish part of 'The Royal Tour' will premiere on Monday with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Gliński at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Jakub Kamiński/PAP

Meetings with US film industry representatives and the premiere of the film 'Poland: The Royal Tour' are the main points of a visit by Polish Culture Minister, Deputy PM Piotr Gliński to Los Angeles. On Sunday he will meet members of the local Polish diaspora.

"Poland: The Royal Tour" is an exceptional story about Poland, its most recent history, tourist attractions and places worth visiting. The film's creator is Peter Greenberg, a CBS and PBS television star and Emmy award winner, whose guide to Poland was Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The footage was shot in October and November last year in various places all around the country.

The Polish part of 'The Royal Tour' will premiere on Monday with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Gliński at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 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.

During his visit, Piotr Gliński, accompanied by the president of the Polish Film Institute, Radosław Śmigulski, will also meet representatives of the US film industry.

Discussions will above all concern the recently introduced incentive for audiovisual producers, under which producers and co-producers of films or serials can recover 30 percent of their 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.

Gliński's LA visit will also feature a meeting with the organisers of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles, and event organised since 1999 by the Polish American Film Society, an NGO supported by the Polish Film Institute and the Polish Consulate in LA among others as well as the LA City Department of Culture.

On Sunday April 14, Piotr Gliński will meet representatives of the local Polish diaspora following a mass at the oldest Polish church in California, dedicated to the Black Madonna of Jasna Góra, known as the Californian Częstochowa.