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Studio background

The Studio continues the editorial work of the Polish Newsreel (Polska Kronika Filmowa-PKF) and documentaries that were in operation until December 31st 1990 within the structures of the Documentary and Feature Film Studio (Studio Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych) in Warsaw. In 1991, two state owned film institutions were established: KRONIKA Film Studio and WIR Film Studio that were successful at producing documentaries. Until December 1994, the KRONIKA Film Studio continued to produce the Polish Newsreel (PKF). This was also made possible by the close cooperation with the Public Television, which was a co-producer of over hundred documentaries in addition to broadcasting PKF. In 2005, WIR Film Studio was dissolved and KRONIKA Film Studio took over its archives. In the same year, the National Film Institute was established and the forms of film financing underwent modifications. In 2010, the Studio was transformed into a state treasury company which hindered its development. Since 2016, the Studio has been again a national cultural institution.

Statutory activities

The Studio is the National Institution of Culture and has responsibilities specified in the Statute (see – bip icon). Education and dissemination of the film culture have been developed into individual tasks that give an overall picture of the Studio’s line of business. These tasks are being carried out in cooperation with a number of state and municipal governments as well as non-governmental institutions and private partners. This is possible thanks to the archive resources of the Studio and new productions. We are also able to run business activities (§ 12 of the Statute) that support the Studio’s day to day operations and its mission.

Notations

When the production of the weekly editions of Polish Newsreel ended in December 1994, the Studio began to record important events in the political and business life of Poland as well as facts of more local character. The notations filmed with the camera on light-sensitive 35mm tape represent hours of film archive of our country. A small proportion has been made available in SD resolution to the general public on the bezkomentarza.eu website. They all require digitizing to HD quality and greater in the light of technological demands of modern production and broadcasting.

Films

Since its inception the Studio continuously produces films and documentary series of historical, social and patriotic character, whose authors are prominent documentary filmmakers. Many of these films were created in the past with the co-production by the Public Television and they represent half of the Studio’s archive. Another line of business are documentary films acquired from the now defunct WIR Film Studio. Together they form a large resource of the Polish film culture. They are partly available on the topdocfilm.com website.

Completed film productions

Film notations

Editions of the Polish Newsreel

Awards at film festivals

The notations are audiovisual materials produced by the KRONIKA Film Studio in the years 1995 – 2012. They are film records of state and municipal events, political, business, social and cultural life, celebrations of historic anniversaries, non-government projects and the transformation taking place in Poland. 

Contact

According to the ordinance of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage on May 31, 2019. (Journal of Laws Ministry of Culture and National Heritage item 34) the Film Studio KRONIKA Polish Film Chronicle was liquidated.

SF KRONIKA film resources were transferred to the Documentary and Feature Film Studio (WFDiF) and National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA).

In matters related to the previous activities of SF KRONIKA please contact

WFDiF, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw

e-mail: wfdif@wfdif.com.pl

EnglishPoland

According to the ordinance of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage
on May 31, 2019. (Journal of Laws Ministry of Culture and National Heritage item 34)
the Film Studio KRONIKA Polish Film Chronicle was liquidated.

SF KRONIKA film resources were transferred to the
Documentary and Feature Film Studio (WFDiF)
and National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA).

In matters related to the previous activities of SF KRONIKA please contact

WFDiF, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw e-mail: wfdif@wfdif.com.pl