Faked media event boosts Hungarian comedy

As Hungary's premiere comedian, Robert Koltai, storms the local box office with his latest film Train Keeps a Rollin', an accompanying publicity event is having unforeseen ramifications.

49M-plus euro Nutcracker musical wraps in Hungary

After 15 weeks of shooting at Hungary's Stern Studios in Pomaz (www.sternstudios.com), Nutcrakcer - The Untold Story has completed both principal and second-unit photography.

Hungarian co-producer drops Julie Delphy project The Countess

Julie Delphy's long-gestating historical drama The Countess is on shaky ground again after the Hungarian co-producer, Tivoli Films International (www.tivolifilms.com), backed out when its American producers slashed the budget in…

Hungarian MTV fined for violating ad code

Hungary's National Radio and Television Commission, or ORTT, has ordered Magyar Televizio to pay an 800,000 forint (€3,190) fine for "implied advertising," a violation of the 1995 media law.

Kusturica and Fatih Akin to produce 1.5 million euro Mamarosh

The €1.5 million German-Serbian-Hungarian production Mamarosh has set a shooting date of March 2008 after Eurimages (www.coe.int/eurimages), a Film Fund of the Council of Europe, agreed to extend the validity…

MTV sues MTV over use of brand (update)

Hungary's public broadcaster, Magyar Televizio (mtv, www.mtv.hu), has filed suit with the country's Supreme Court against Music Television, seeking exclusive use of the MTV brand after the latter debuted its…

Rights to 40 years of Hungarian films stuck in limbo

Foreign sales from Hungary's bountiful postwar film catalogue have been stuck in a bureaucratic limbo since 2004, and a Sept. 30 deadline that was expected to clarify the situation has…

Brussels objects to Hungarian film subsidy system

Hungary's system of tax rebates for filmmaking, which has been a stunning success in drawing international productions to Hungary, has run afoul of the European Union.

6.3M euro El Greco biopic premieres in Athens

The Greek-Spanish-Hungarian co-production El Greco held its ceremonial premiere in Athens this week with Queen Sofia of Spain in attendance.

Hungarian Pannonia animation studio faces uncertain future

The state-owned Pannónia Film Kft., once the leading force in a booming Hungarian animation sector, is facing an uncertain future due to inaction on the part of its owner, the…

Fantasy film by Gabor Csupo shoots in Hungary (update)

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)…

Macedonian-Swiss writer wins Central European Pitch Forum

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

Aron Gauder joins forces with Iceland on Egill (update)

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…

Liberty Group acquires Filmmuzeum channel in Hungary

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

MTV dedicated Hungarian service launched

MTV Networks International launched a new 24-hour dedicated Hungarian service on Oct. 1, with its own local programming in addition to its library of international material.

Hungarian animated film The District! set for North American release

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

Fantasy film by Gabor Csupo shoots in Hungary

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…

Miklos Jancso plans historical epic on King Mathias

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…

Colorfront launched as most advanced DI house in Europe

The Hungarian brothers who invented the DI color manipulation system used in many Hollywood blockbusters have announced the launch of Colorfront (www.colorfront.com), a state-of-the-art DI and visual effects post-production facility…

Budapest Film introduces first movie download service

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.