BUDAPEST: The Hungarian Motion Picture Festival, the annual showcase of Hungarian cinema, will take place this year in Veszprém, Balatonfüred and Balatonalmádi from 23 to 26 June. Its predecessor, the Hungarian Film Week, was traditionally held in Budapest, but this year the National Film Institute – Hungary and the organisers of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture programme have reimagined the annual celebration of the Hungarian cinema.

BUDAPEST: A wide range of services will reopen in Hungary, including cinemas, when the number of vaccinated people reaches 4 million, which is expected to be reached on 30 April 2021. In order to enter cinemas, which have been closed since 11 November 2020, people will need to hold an immunity certificate.

BUDAPEST: Sovereign Film Distribution has acquired the rights to Treasure City / Békeidő for the United Kingdom and Ireland. "Sovereign Films joined the film when we were working on the script. Sovereign Film Distribution is connected to them", director Szabolcs Hajdu told FNE. Treasure City is an independent coproduction between Hungary, Romania, Switzerland and UK.

BUDAPEST: Two animated films received production grants from the National Film Institute – Hungary. Director Marcell Jankovics is making a film version of his Toldi series based on János Arany’s popular epic poem. Tony, Shelly and the Spirit directed by Filip Pošivač is a stop motion animation set in Christmas time and made for families.

BUDAPEST: Focus Features has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. The British/Hungarian coproduction is directed by Anthony Fabian, who has Hungarian roots and has recently become a Hungarian citizen. This is the first time when Focus Features acquires a Hungarian coproduction.

BUDAPEST: The spy series Balaton Brigade produced by Gábor Krigler for Joyrider won the Berlinale Co-Pro Series on 2 March 2021. This was the first time that a Hungarian project has been invited to the pitching forum. The Series Mania Project Exchange Award also includes an invitation to present the series at the Séries Mania Forum, which runs 20 August and 1 September 2020 in Lille, France.

BUDAPEST: The National Film Institute – Hungary has announced over 500,000 EUR in a production grant for one feature film, a pre-production grant for one feature film and development grants for eight feature films.

BUDAPEST: Bence Fliegauf’s newest film Forest – I See You Everywhere /  Rengeteg – Mindenhol látlak has been invited to the Main Competition of the 71. Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on 1 March 2021. Natural Light / Természetes fény directed by Dénes Nagy also screens at Berlinale. This is the first time two Hungarian features compete for the Golden Bear.

BUDAPEST: The first feature of Hungarian director Dénes Nagy, Natural light / Természetes fény has been invited to the Main Competition of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, which opens on 1 March 2021. The film is a Hungarian/Latvian/French/German coproduction. This is the first time two Hungarian films will compete for the Golden Bear.

BUDAPEST: The year 2020 started as a good one. The National Film Institute – Hungary (NFI) was established in January 2020 as the successor of the Hungarian National Film Fund, and Barnabás Tóth's historical drama Those Who Remained / Akik maradtak, produced by Inforg-M&M Film, got on the short list in the Academy Awards' International Feature Film category. The film didn't make it into the nominations' list and with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic the Hungarian film industry faced serious challenges.

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