PRODUCTION: Polish-German Winter Daddy in post-production


One of the most promising projects supported by the Polish-German Co-Development Fund, Winter Daddy, directed by Johannes Schmid, is the story of 11-year-old Kattaka, who travels from Germany to Poland in search of her biological father. She only knows that he is a Russian sailor named Alexei whose ship moors in Gdynia till New Year's Eve. Kattaka and a boy from her neighborhood set off on the journey in an old Barkas bus driven by her nana, a 70-year-old relocated from East Prussia.

The film is a Polish-German co-production realized by Pokromski Studio (www.pokromskistudio.pl) and Schlicht und Ergreifend GmbH (www.schlichtundergreifend-film.de) in co-operation with German TV broadcasters RBB (www.rbb-online.de), BR (www.br-online.de), MDR (www.mdr.de), NDR (www.ndr.de) and SWR (www.swr.de). The principal photography took place in February and March in Jena (Germany) and Polish Pomeranian cities Gdynia, Gdańsk and Szczecin.

The budget is €1,940,000. Winter Daddy was co-financed with 1 million PLN (€254 000) from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and is one of the projects developed with the support of the German-Polish Co-Development Fund (www.medienboard.de), which supported the film with €270,500. The project has also received 465,000 PLN from the Gdyński Film Fund (www.centrumkulturygdynia.org), €250 000 from the German fund BKM (www.bundesregierung.de,), €200 000 from MDM (www.mdm-online.de), €200 000 from the German Federal Film Board (www.ffa.de) and €200 000 from the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (www.medienboard.de).

Winter Daddy was presented as a model of international cooperation project during this year's edition Warsaw Script Forum (www.latofilmow.pl). "We wanted to create a quality and entertaining family movie focusing on the younger audience," said producer Mikołaj Pokromski during the presentation. "There is a noticeable void in the genre in the European cinema that we are hoping to fill." Currently in post-production, the film will have its Polish premiere in December 2011.


Director - Johannes Schmid
Screenwriters - Michaela Hinnenthal, Thomas Schmid
Cinematographer - Michael Bertl
Production - Pokromski Studio, Schlicht und Ergreifend GmbH
Co-production - RBB, BR, MDR, NDR, SWR
Co-financing - Polish Film Institute, German-Polish Co-Development Fund, Gdynia Film Fund (Gdyński Fundusz Filmowy), MBB, BKM, FFA, MDM


Nina Monka
Ursula Werner
Leon Seidl
Dominik Nowak
Katharina Schubert
Maxim Mehmet
Merab Ninidze
Daniel Olbrychski
Julia Kamińska
Maciej Sykała

Production information:

Pokromski Studio
Zelwerowicza 3
02-928 Warsaw
tel. +48 226162601
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