Polish LGBTQ+ film-distributor Tongariro expanding into production

Poland’s only dedicated LGBTQ+ film distributor Tongariro Releasing is making its first foray into production this autumn with Kamil Krawczycki’s feature debut Elephant which is described as “a family drama plus a beautiful gay romance set in the Polish countryside.”

Speaking to Screen at this week’s Polish Days in Wroclaw, Tongariro Releasing co-founder Jakub Mroz said that the project had received 700,000 Zloty ($178,128) from the Polish Film Institute’s ‘First Film’ micro-budget funding scheme for 90% of the film’s budget, with the distributor contributing the remaining 10% from own funds.

The micro-budget fund was launched at the end of 2018 with an annual overall budget of around 4.1m Zloty ($1.04m) to support seven productions directed by film school graduates and other debut filmmakers each year.

The production team is looking for a farm close to Warsaw as the film’s location but will also shoot for a couple of days in the Tatra mountains (where Krawczycki is from). The 19-day shoot begins in late September and lasts until early November.

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