Hungary proved to have the competitive advantage in landing the animation work for Princess of the Sun, a €5.5 million French-Belgian-Hungarian co-production that was recently presented in Hungary at a gala screening.

Prominent Brazilian cinematographer Walter Carvalho's €2.45 million directorial debut Budapest is about midway through four weeks of filming in the Hungarian capital after completing a 17-day shoot in Rio de Janeiro.

Greenhill Zrt., a consortium of three investors led by Hungarian film director Tamás Sas, has taken further steps towards financing a 7.2-billion-forint (Є27.4 million) state-of-the-art studio complex and media center in the southern Hungarian city of Pécs. A second studio is planned in Szentendre

Hungary's leading sales force, Hungaricom Kft, conducted a slew of deals on its 3D animated feature Egon and Donci at the European Film Market held in conjuction with the Berlinale. Co-produced by Gabor Kalomista of indie powerhouse Megafilm, the film was sold to Russia, China, Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa along with another animated film, CATcher: Cat City 2.

Film Bridge International has snapped up the US rights for the Serbian-Germany-Hungarian thriller The Trap by Srjdan Golubovic, Hungarian co-producer László Kántor (Dallas Pashamende) told FNE. The Trap was one of nine films short-listed for an Academy Award in the best foreign-language film category but was not one of the five nominees.

Greenhill Zrt., a consortium of three private parties led by Hungarian film director-turned-cinematographer Tamás Sas, is to build a 2-billion-forint (Є7.9 million) state-of-the art studio complex and media center in the southern Hungarian city of Pécs.

With the aim of participating in future local productions, HBO Hungary is forging ties with Hungarian talent on a four-part mini series it will air later this month. The series, Natural Born Loser, is modeled after the popular Darwin Awards initiative, which ranks and awards (posthumously) those who die of freak accidents.

In an effort to lure more international productions to Hungary, Korda Studios and the Colorfront DI house have clinched a deal to offer high-end digital intermediate and post-production facilities via Korda's brand new studios.

The owners of the new €91 million Korda Studio held a joint news conference with director Guillermo del Toro Thursday to celebrate the successful completion of principal photography on Universal's Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

The board of Filmjus, Hungary's audiovisual copyright protection body, set aside 13.3 million forints (Є51,800) for screenwriting and project development in its latest round of allocations.

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