“You are spoilt for choice in Hungary. The variety of landscapes is incredible. In popular Budapest alone you will find everything from dramatic history and flamboyant architecture to healing thermal waters, opera houses and sports stadiums. All location palettes are on offer in the capital city, from classical to modern, industrial to upscale, hipster to retro, with castles and rural landscapes. this makes it easy to double for many different countries, including Paris, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Moscow” (kftv.com)
In 2019 the Hungarian film industry broke records with an increase of 50% – the amount registered as direct spend on film production grew to USD 565.6 million. Hungary, the most popular filming destination in Continental Europe, has not shut down film productions during the emergency and now the shooting of international and local productions is to resume. Netflix’ ‘Terra Vision’ begins filming in July, extra shooting on Legendary’s ‘Dune’ is scheduled for August, several productions are preparing to return to Hungarian studios. Since mid-June cameras are rolling again on domestic productions. The National Film Institute has released COVID-19 guidelines for the safe resumption of filming to ensure health and safety for cast and crew, furthermore special exemption can be granted for non-EU residents to enter Hungary without mandatory quarantine.
Health protection plan for film shooting during the COVID-19 virus infection
Tales From The Prison Cell, a feature-length documentary by first time director Ábel Visky, produced by Proton Cinema within the NFI Incubator Program supporting innovative first films, will have its North American premiere in the prestigious selection of Hot Docs Festival Online, which starts May 28.
The National Film Institute is making unforgettable Hungarian comedies from the past 80 years available free, online for 10 days to mark Hungarian Film Day on 30 April. Hyppolit, the Butler, The Witness, Dollybirds and Moscow Square plus many others can be watched with English subtitles until 10 May.
Hungary’s historical soundstage complex in Fót will be expanded in a large-scale investment project. As a part of its economic protection programme, the Hungarian Government decided to develop National Film Institute’s Mafilm studios increasing its capacity to 12,200 square meters. The high priority expansion project will serve both international and increasing demand of Hungarian productions in the future and create hundreds of new jobs.
National Film Institute launched the Emergency Fund to support freelance film industry workers and rescheduled the financing of ongoing projects. The application system is continuously in operation, the 30% tax rebate is constantly available for all productions to be filmed in Hungary.
The National Film Institute offers free online access to 40 Hungarian Classics with subtitles - literary adaptations, historical films and animations contributing to digital education introduced in Hungary due to the coronavirus outbreak. Precious entertainment for all members of the family staying at home.
Csaba Káel government commissioner for the development of the Hungarian motion picture industry has been elected member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
In the last few years Hungary has become one of the most sought-after filming locations in the world. Hollywood blockbusters like Blade Runner 2049 and Terminator: Dark Fate or groundbreaking series like The Witcher have found their ideal setting in our multi-faceted capital and nearby film studios. Among the most attractive locations is the old-established Mafilm Studios in Fót, home to the largest outdoor water tank in Europe, which was built for the production of Blade Runner 2049.