FNE Visegrad 2011: Coproductions in Hungary 2011

BUDAPEST: The tax incentive scheme in Hungary set up in 2004 together with special grants for international coproduction from the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMK www.mmka.hu) was responsible for a…

Call for Grants in Hungary

BUDAPEST: More than one year after the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMK) stopped supporting the Hungarian film industry, the Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF, www.filmalap.hu) has published its first call…

FNE Visegrad Special: 2011 Hungarian Film Industry Overview

BUDAPEST: Most of the Hungarian film professionals spent the last year waiting. The main supporter of the sector, the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMK) became insolvent in mid-2010, leaving production…

FESTIVALS: Jameson Cinefest Announces Film Line-up

MISKOLC: The 8the Jameson Cinefest Hungary (17-25 September 2011, www.cinefest.hu) has selected 14 films to screen in competition and six films screening out of competition.

The Hungarian National Film Fund Names Committee Members

BUDAPEST: After its establishment three months ago, the Hungarian National Film Fund has announced the names of the five film professionals who will make the decisions on grants for the…

Hungarian Filmunio Appoints New Director

BUDAPEST: Katalin Vajda has been named the new director of Hungary's Filmunio, the national organization that promotes Hungarian films internationally. She replaces Eva Vezer, who announced that she would not…

FNE IDF DocBloc: Documentary film in Hungary: Lost in transition?

Why was the MMKA shut down? What does the future hold for Hungarian documentary filmmakers? Should they take more initiative and make more attractive films? In his in-depth article, journalist…

RTL Increases Stake in Hungarian Station

BUDAPEST: The German television group RTL has acquired an addition 31% of the shares of the Hungarian commercial station RTL Klub ( www.rtlklub.hu ), Following acquisition of the final 26%…

Vajna Bails out Hungarian Producers

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian National Film Fund announced on 20 July 2011 that it has reached an agreement to purchase the claims of three banks with loans to Hungarian film producers.

Debt Consolidation Moves Forward in Hungary

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian National Film Fund will receive HUF 5.97 billion (EUR 22.5 million) to consolidate the debts of the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu). The 11 July 2011 decision…

Hungarian TV Announces Job Cuts

BUDAPEST: Hungarian state media will eliminate 600 jobs in TV and Radio. The move will cut an estimated HUF 3 billion on salaries, which is to go toward production.

Hungarian government funds six new feature films

KARLOVY VARY: The Hungarian government has quietly funded at least six new feature films in the last few weeks according the Hungarian daily newspaper Nepszabadsag. While Hungarian filmmakers continue to…
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Magyar Filmunio Closes

BUDAPEST: Magyar Filmunio (www.magyarfilmunio.hu), the Hungarian film promotion organisation established in 1992 by the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu), will cease operations on 1 July 2011. The contract of Eva…

Government Decision Closes MMK

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian government will close the troubled Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu).

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: DISCOP Registration Up

BUDAPEST: DISCOP (www.discop.com) founder Patrick Jucaud said pre-registration of both buyers and sellers for the 21-23 June 2011 TV content market was up, with heavy growth from the Balkans and…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: NATPE Takes Majority Ownership in DISCOP Budapest

BUDAPEST: DISCOP (www.discop.com) founder Patrick Jucaud and NATPE (www.natpe.org) President and CEO Rick Feldman announced in a joint press conference on 21 June 2011 that NATPE has acquired a majority…

FNE at DISCOP Budapest 2011: Hungarian State TV Grows Competitive Edge

BUDAPEST: Lidia Marton, director of international relations for the new Hungarian broadcasting umbrella organization MTVA (Broadcast Support and Asset Management Fund, www.mtva.hu) told a packed pre-DISCOP audience, "We hope to…

Agnes Havas Appointed to Lead Hungarian National Film Fund

BUDAPEST: The new Hungarian Film Fund has named producer Agnes Havas as the fund’s director. The fund was created to support the production of Hungarian films by Andrew G. Vajna,…

Moscow IFF Competition: Retrace/Visszatérés

In Retrace/ Visszatérés, directed by Hungary's Judit Elek, a woman from a Transylvanian village travels to Ceauşescu's Romania for the first time since finding refuge in Sweden as a child…

Hungary Approves Digital Film Archives

BUDAPEST: An amendment to Hungary's film law has been approved, allowing the Hungarian National Film Archives to be transformed into the Hungarian National Digital Archive (MaNDA).