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The Secret of Moonacre, a feature by former animation maven and three-time Emmy Award winner Gabor Csupo, is shooting entirely in Hungary, leaving most of its $27 million (€19 million) budget in the country. Principal photography began Sept. 3 and continues for 50 shooting days.

A Swiss-based writer from Macedonia, Mitko Panov, was named winner of the first Central European Pitch Forum in the city of Pecs, Hungary.

Young Hungarian animation director Aron Gauder is in full throttle working on his full-length 3D feature Egill, a follow-up to his acclaimed The District!, with an Icelandic company cast as co-producers.

Hungary’s Filmmúzeum, a television channel that showcases mainly old classic films, has been sold to leading content-provider Chellomedia CEE Holdco B.V. following a go-ahead by Hungarian competition authorities

Montreal-based Atopia Distribution (www.atopia.com) has acquired North American rights to Aron Gauder's biting animated comedy The District!

The Moon Princess, a feature by former animation maven and three-time Emmy Award winner Gabor Csupo, is shooting entirely in Hungary, leaving most of its $30 million (€21.3 million) budget in the country.

Iconic director Miklos Jancso (www.jancso.film.hu), Hungary's internationally acclaimed filmmaker, is preparing his next feature film, The Justice is Gone!, a large-scale epic about the 15th Century Hungarian King Mathias that will be shot next summer.

Hungary's first online film downloading portal, Filmklik (www.filmklik.hu), has ended its three-month trial period and is now expanding its inventory to make more than 300 films available by year-end.

In an unusual move, a group of young filmmakers has completed principal photography on the self-financed Lines of Destiny, Hungary's first-ever sci-fi feature, and is readying it for a year-end release.

Hungary's Motion Picture Foundation (www.mmka.hu), the state film fund, and Duna Television (www.dunatv.hu), the country's leading cultural channel, have pledged to add 100 million forints (€4 million) to fund documentaries on Hungarian society, nearly doubling the current budget.

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