WFC
Wroclaw Film Commission

The Wroclaw Film Commission was created in January 2013. It is financed by the self-governments of the Lower Silesia Province and the city of Wrocław and it operates – similarly to the regional film fund – within Odra-Film, a cultural institution of the Lower Silesia Province self-government. The goal of the Wroclaw Film Commission is to encourage the filmmakers to complete productions in Lower Silesia through:

  • promotion of unique film locations,
  • support in contacts with local self-governments, premises owners and self-government bodies managing public infrastructure,
  • showing the ways of obtaining funds for films,
  • advising on contacts with the local film industry,
  • creating database of Lower Silesia locations and making it available to filmmakers.

Every year – apart from films financed by the Lower Silesia Film Fund co-produced by Odra-Film – WFC supports approx. 30-40 film and TV productions, documentaries, feature films and animations.

Why Lower Silesia

Lower Silesia is one of the most beautiful regions of Poland, rich in landscape and nature. Here you can find the Table Mountains (Góry Stołowe) – the only mountains in Poland with characteristic plate structures – numerous charming river valleys, waterfalls and pond complexes, with the biggest one in Europe, the Milicz Ponds (Stawy Milickie). Lower Silesian Forests (Bory Dolnośląskie), in turn, enchant with the wilderness of nature, multitude of plant species and mystique, murky landscapes. Our region captivates not only with the beauty of nature, but also with splendid architecture. As a result of border changes in Europe after the World War II, Polish borders embraced one of the architectonically richest parts of pre-war Germany, which in its earlier history had been a part of Poland, Kingdom of Bohemia and the Habsburg Empire. This is just Lower Silesia, which is absolutely unique in the scale of our country. Nowhere else can we find architecture so different from Polish tradition, representing so many styles and epochs.

Lower Silesia is home to numerous gothic churches, baroque monasteries and post-Cistercian abbeys, tens of castles and palaces (ranging from Middle Ages till 20th century), objects of modernistic architecture (such as the Centennial Hall in Wrocław), or post-industrial architecture of the 19th and 20th century. We cannot miss the “remains” of the PRL (People’s Republic of Poland) times, either. Across the area of more than 20 thousand km sq, our region enchants with the multitude of unique places and locations ideal for film shooting, whichever considered: the architecture, landscape or nature. Lower Silesia is the perfect place for filmmakers scouting for landscape rarities! The multitude of landscape values in the region, the presence of film production specialists, the possibility of using the finances available from the Lower Silesia Film Fund, the support from Wrocław Film Commission and the friendly attitude of local authorities to any cultural undertakings promoting both Wrocław and the entire province, all of them are encouraging the development of interesting projects, among which surely there will be place for your ideas! So, welcome to Lower Silesia!

Practical information
WROCŁAW AND REGION GEOPOLITICAL DATA

General information

  • The area  of Lower Silesian Province is 19 947.2 km2.
  • Inhabitants – 2 915 238 (data as for November 2017).
  • The Province capital city is Wrocław, the forth largest city in Poland.
  • The city area: 293 km2
  • Population in Wrocław: 638 thousand (acc. to data at the end of 2017)

HOW TO GET TO LOWER SILESIA?

The Mikołaj Kopernik Airport in Wrocław is located in the south-western part of the city, within the distance of approx. 10 km form the city centre, nearby the Wrocław Motorway Ring Road, by which you can get to the airport quickly and comfortably, both from the side of Warsaw (through the motorway connector from Długołęka), from Poznań side, from trunk (national) road  No. 5, and also from the south form trunk road No. 8 and from motorway A4. From Wroclaw airport you can get to Frankfurt, Paris, London or Rome.

A few international roads run across Lower Silesia, with the motorway A4 in the lead. The region capital city – Wrocław is connected with the rest of the country by a number of main roads:

  • motorway A4, running to the German border and to Katowice and Kraków (the section running to the eastern border is in construction),
  • road No. 8, north-east of Warsaw and to Kłodzko and Kudowa-Zdrój, and further southward to the Czech Republic,
  • road No. 5 to Poznań and to Strzegom, Kamienna Góra and further southward to the Czech Republic,
  • road No. 94 to Legnica and Opole,
  • road No. 35 to Świdnica and Wałbrzych.

The average journey time:

  • to Warsaw – 3,5 hours
  • to Berlin – 3,5 hours
  • to Vienna – 5,5 hours
  • to Prague – 4 hours
  • to Poznan – 3 hours
  • to Krakow – 3,5 hours
  • to Łódź – 2,5 hours

The railway network in Lower Silesia is very dense. There are direct trains coming from all larger cities in Poland to Wrocław Railway Central Station at ul. Piłsudskiego 105, there are also trains form Berlin and Hamburg. Wrocław, Legnica, Bolesławiec and Zgorzelec also have railway connection with Görlitz.

THE CLIMATE

The climate of Lower Silesia is the warmest in Poland. The winds blow from the West, and more rarely masses of warm air from the area of the Mediterranean and the Azores occur. The plants growing season in Lower Silesia lasts 225 days, which means it is the longest in Poland – as soon as in March we can see yellow forsythias blooming. Characteristic for the region are continual passes of low pressure bringing periods of a few days of rainy and cloudy weather. The rains are the most intensive in July, and the annual rainfall is 600 mm. The winters on the lowland are most often without snow, but in the mountains, in higher parts of the Sudety Mountains, the snow remains for 200 days a year and sometimes stays till April.