Vajna Unveils New System for Support of Hungarian Film Production

BUDAPEST: Hungary's new film commissioner, Andy Vajna, has unveiled plans for the restructuring of the country's film industry. A new body, the Hungarian National Film Fund will be responsible for…

Hungarian Government to Shut Down MMK

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian government has announced that it will close the embattled Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMK on 31 May 2011. The MMK was responsible for film funding in…

EFP Producer on the Move: Attila Csaky

Hungarian Producer on the Move Attila Csaky's production experience dates back to 1989, when he served as a production assistant on Before the Bat's Flight is Done directed by Peter…

MMKA fined for avoiding procurement

BUDAPEST: The embattled Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation ( has been fined 2 million HUF for avoiding procurement on several activities where it should have asked for a tender. The MMK…

Hungarian Film Commissioner Andy Vajna Takes Lead in Debt Negotiations

BUDAPEST: Hungarian film producers who are in trouble with the banks after the financial collapse of Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation ( are pinning their hopes on Hungary film commissioner Andy…

FESTIVALS: Hungarian Film Week Scheduled for May

BUDAPEST: After months of uncertainty the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation ( and the Association of Hungarian Filmmakers announced on 1 March that the 42nd Hungarian Film Week will take place…

Hungary Sets Broadband Goal

The Hungarian government laid out a plan for complete broadband coverage for the entire country. Hungary, with broadband access that reaches 80% of internet users, is already ahead of the…

Budget Cuts Endanger Plans for Hungarian Public Televisions to Play Bigger Role in Film Production

BUDAPEST: Plans for the newly restructured public television in Hungary to play a greater role in film and TV drama production have been endangered by government cuts to the new…

The Turin Horse Sells in 23 Countries

Berlinale Grand Prix and FIPRESCI winner Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse sold to 23 countries during the European Film Market. More sales are expected.

Vajna to Deliver New Hungarian Film Strategy in 90 Days

BERLIN: Hungarian born Hollywood producer Andrew G. Vajna announced that he would deliver the new strategy for the future of the Hungarian film industry in just 90 days. It was…

Vajna to Deliver New Hungarian Film Strategy in 90 Days

BERLIN: Hungarian born Hollywood producer Andrew G. Vajna announced that he would deliver the new strategy for the future of the Hungarian film industry in just 90 days. It was…
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The Hungarian state-owned film studios to merge

BUDAPEST: The four state-owned film production companies that produced the majority of the Hungarian films before 1989 are about to merge. János Rózsa (head of Objektiv,, Pál Sándor (head…

Foreign and Film Service Productions on the Rise in Hungary

The 2010 year was the most successful period for foreign film productions and film services in Hungary. Of the 135 million spent on film production in the country, 75% came…

Hungarian Filmmakers Protest Restructuring

Nine Hungarian film directors (Ildikó Enyedi, Benedek Fliegauf, Szabolcs Hajdu, Miklós Jancsó, Ágnes Kocsis, Márta Mészáros, Kornél Mundruczó, György Pálfi and Béla Tarr) published a statement protesting the centralization of…

Hungarian Producers Lodge Appeal Against Cinema City Multiplex Acquisition

BUDAPEST:The MPSz (National Association of Hungarian Producers) has lodged an appeal with the Hungarian competition office (GHV) to investigate whether the acquisition of Hungarian multiplexes by Israeli based Cinema City…

Bibliotheque Pascal Wins Hungarian Critics Award

BUDAPEST: Bibliotheque Pascal, directed by Szabolcs Hajdu, was named best film from 2010 by Hungarian film critics.

Hungary’s CHB Hosts Meeting Point at Berlinale

Collegium Hungaricum Berlin (.CHB, is presenting its fourth Cinema Total event from 12-15 February 2011 at the Berlin Film Festival.

Art House Cinemas Protest Funding Crisis in Hungary

BUDAPEST: Hungary is facing the closure of as many as half of its art house cinemas in the next year, following the government reduction in funding for film industry activities.…

Vajna Appointed to Top Hungarian Film Post

BUDAPEST: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán named Hungarian-born film producer Andrew G. Vajna as the government commissioner for the film industry starting from 18 January 2011. Vajna will hold the…

Glass Tiger 3 Finds Box Office Success

BUDAPEST: Glass Tiger 3, which opened in Hungarian cinemas in December 2010, sold 227,000 tickets in four weeks. A comedy is about a bunch of friends in the country trying…