SPI Announces New Hungarian TV Channels

SPI International (www.spi.pl) will launch two new movie channels in Hungary, building on the Film Box label. FilmBox and FilmBox Plus will air 24/7.

PRODUCTION: Gödrös in Preproduction with The Beginning of Things

BUDAPEST: Hungarian director Frigyes Gödrös is in preproduction with a Hungarian-Cuban coproduction based on Cuban magical realist writer Alejo Carpentier's novella Viaje a la Semilla (The Beginning of Things).

FESTIVALS: CEE FilmsTake Top Awards at CinePecs

PECS: Under the affable and capable guidance of festival director Janos Keresnyei, the 2nd edition of the revitalized CinePécs IFF handed out its top awards to films from Czech Republic,…

PRODUCTION: Abigel in preproduction

BUDAPEST: Abigél, the first feature film based on a popular Hungarian novel for youth, is in preproduction for an August/September 2011 shoot and theatrical release in 2012.

PRODUCTION: Hungarian dance film in postproduction

BUDAPEST - The Maiden Danced to Death directed by Endre Hules and filmed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond has completed shooting in Budapest, Slovenia, and Montreal.

Hungary's TV2 appoints new general director

BUDAPEST - After several months of head-hunting Zsolt Simon, the former head of an advertising agency, has been chosen to chair Hungary's second biggest commercial television, TV2 (http://tv2.hu/).

Hungarian film nominated for EFA prize

The Hungarian film Here I Am directed by Bálint Szimler has been selected as the final nomination in the European Film Academy (www.europeanfilmacademy.org) short film awards category.

PRODUCTION: Ludmilla in production

The Hungarian amimated series Ludmilla produced by Inforg Studio (www.inforgstudio.hu) and Solve Art Film (www.solveart.hu) is now in production, with the first episode of the 12-part series already in the…

FNE at Cinepecs 2010: Competition lineup announced

The second edition of the CienPecs International Film Festival (www.cinepecs.hu) will take place in the Hungarian city Pecs, European Capitol of Culture 2010, from 4-10 October. The festival has two…

FESTIVALS: Hungarian Film Week faces reforms

The new president of the Hungarian Motion Picture Association (MMKA - http://english.mmka.hu/ ) Zoltán Kőrösi is making plans to open the traditional national film festival to foreign films and adding…

Magyar Telekom plans market expansion

Magyar Telekom (www.telekom.hu ), the leading telecom provider in Hungary, plans to strengthen its position in the pay-TV market, with the goal of becoming the country's market leader.

New mobile provider could enter Hungarian market

The National Media and Telecommunications Authority (NMHH, www.nmhh.hu) plans to sell the 450 MHz band in Hungary in 2010. The deputy chief of the Authority, Gábor Mátrai, explained that the…

Rófusz introduces holiday-themed animation series

SOPRON: Academy Award winning animator, Ferenc Rófusz presented his new series Hoppi Holidays, now in pre-production, at the Cartoon Forum (www.cartoon-media.be/FORUM/index.php ) in Sopron, Hungary 14-17 September. His animation series…

The Borgias take over Korda Studios

Showtime's series recounting the historic court intrigues of Italy's Borgia dynasty, starring Jeremy Irons, has filled out 50 percent of Hungary's Korda Studios for production.

Cartoon Forum prepares for 700 delegates

Cartoon Forum, the coproduction forum for animation series which is being held in Sopron Hungary September 14-17, is gearing up for 700 delegates from 33 countries, including 230 buyers.

Womb picked up for North American release

Womb, from Hungarian writer/director Benedek Fliegauf, has been picked up for distribution in North America by Olive Film. World sales agent Match Factory (www.the-match-factory.com) announced that the film will have…

Hungarian 3D animation Egill in production

Áron Gauder, director of the internationally successful feature animation, Nyócker (The District) is in an advanced phase of his new project, a 3D animation with a complex visual world, Egill,…

SPI signs Hungarian cable deal

A distribution agreement has been concluded between the film channel operator SPI International and the television channel distribution company Tematik Kábel.

FNE interview with the President of Hungarian Motion PIcture Foundation. Zoltán Kőrösi

Distribution is the weakest point of the Hungarian film industry - says the new president of the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation in his interview. Instead of 25-31 films per year…

Hungarian ticket prices rise

Hungarian ticket prices and sales rose in the first half of 2010, while the number of screenings declined, according to magyar.film.hu.