Hungarian Filmjus pledges 51,800 euros for script-writing


    The board of Filmjus, Hungary's audiovisual copyright protection body, set aside 13.3 million forints (Є51,800) for screenwriting and project development in its latest round of allocations.

    Filmjus, whose full name is the Hungarian Society for the Protection of Audiovisual Authors' and Producers' Rights (http://www.filmjus.hu/angolul/statut_2.htm), handles incoming royalties that broadcast and theatrical release of Hungarian films generate abroad, and are payable to Hungarian film directors as well as producers.

    The largest individual sum (600.000 forint) went to Montreal prize-winner Arpad Sopsits for his screenplay, My Mother's Eyes.

    Among other leading filmmakers awarded for their scripts in the Nov. 21 allocation round were Szabolcs Hajdu (White Palm) for his upcoming Bibliothéque Pascal; Camera D'or winner Ildiko Enyedi (My 20th Century, The Magic Hunter) for her new story Volt; Peter Gothar for Toresvonal; Ferenc Grunwalsky for Eroltetett menet.

    Short Film Palme D'Or 1996 winner Marcell Ivanyi's next TV-movie, White Woolf also got an allocation. Other winners included Can Togay, Gyula Nemes, Krisztina Deak, Andras Salamon, Andras Solyom, and Denes Orosz.

    The 45 winners were chosen out of 118 submitted applications to Filmjus, which is managed by Gyorgy Kabdebo. Selected documentaries, animated features and short films also earned funding.