BUDAPEST: The Hungarian film industry will close a record year in 2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, with a spend of more than 200 billion HUF / 544m EUR, the country’s National Film Bureau's preliminary figures show.

BUDAPEST: Although film distributors in Hungary had predicted an upheaval in film distribution patterns as a result of COVID-19 – with streaming and VOD as likely winners – their worst fears have not come to pass during the recovery period, and they are now looking ahead with cautious optimism.

BUDAPEST: The number of cinema-goers has been rising only slowly in 2021, following the period of shut down forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUDAPEST: Bálint Szalóky is the head of PR at Mozinet, one of the leading art film distributors in Hungary. He talks to FNE about the recovery of distribution in Hungary in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BUDAPEST: Martin Scorsese has become the executive producer of Evolution, Kornél Mundruczó and Kata Wéber's next feature. Scorsese was a producer on Mundruczó’s Oscar-nominated film Pieces of A Woman. The new multigenerational drama premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

BUDAPEST: Andrea Buda, the marketing director of film theatre operator Cinema City, talks to FNE about how Hungarian exhibitors bounce back in 2021, as the vaccination rate increases and pandemic numbers start to wane.

BUDAPEST: A Hindi language adaptation of the Hungarian Liza the Fox-Fairy / Liza, a rókatündér by Károly Ujj-Mészáros, called Aafat-E-Ishq, is available on the ZEE5 video on-demand and streaming service since 29 October 2021.

BUDAPEST: Romanian-born Budapest-based director Katalin Moldovai is currently in postproduction with her debut feature Total Eclipse (working title) / Teljes napfogyatkozás, whose 32-day shooting was completed on 3 September 2021 in Gheorgheni, Romania. The film is based on an incident that happened in Romania five years ago.

BUDAPEST: The 18th edition of the Verzio Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will showcase 64 films from 35 countries in cinemas from 9 to 14 November 2021 and online from 15 to 21 November 2021.

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