FESTIVALS: Mediawave International Competition

{mosimage}Five feature films will compete in the main competition of the 22nd edition of the Hungarian Mediawave IFF (www.mediawavefestival.hu , taking place 26-30 April in Fort Monostor.

PRODUCTION: Heat in Early Development

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: Mihaly Schwechtj is developing Heat, a black-comedy set in a small village an involving love, friendship, sex, lies and some pregnant goats. Höség/Heat is produced by László Kántor with…

PRODUCTION: New Robert Pejo film in Development

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: Robert Pejo is developing Paw, an inspiring story of an amazing rescue dog and his trainer and focusing on friendship, compassion and love, producer László Kántor told FNE. "It…

PRODUCTION: Kenyeres Balint in Preproduction with Hier

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: Hungarian director Kenyeres Balint will shoot his first feature, Hier, in Morroco for seven weeeks and in Hungary for one week fall 2012.

Forgacs Documentary Premieres at Hungarian Film Week

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: Honeyland - German unity @ Balaton (Mezfold - Nemet egyseg a balatonnal), a documentary from Hungarian director Péter Forgacs (www.forgacspeter.hu), is set to screen at Hungarian Film Week before…

Hungarian Film Week Revived with 43rd Edition

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: The 43 Hungarian Film Week will take place from 2-5 February 2012 in Budapest under the leadership of BélaTarr who is reviving the tradition of a pre-Berlin slot for…

Istanbul, My Dream to be Released in Hungary

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: Ferenc Török's third feature film Istanbul, My Dream will hit Hungarian cinemas on 16 February 2012. The story written by Török follows a woman who finds herself in Istanbul…

Hungarian 2012 Grants Announced

BUDAPEST: Károly Ujj Mészáros's first feature, Liza, the Fox Fairy, János Szász's The Notebook and Gyula Nemes's Zero received a total amount of 400 M HUF as production grants from…

Turkish Series Conquers Hungary

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: The Turkish crime show Ezel has been breaking TV viewer records in Hungary since its debut in April 2011. According to Today's Zaman, Turkish programmes have become the most…

Pay TV Subscriptions Rise in Hungary

BUDAPEST: Official data shows that pay TV subscribers reached 3.2 million in Hungary by the end of November 2011.

The Hungarian film industry pins hopes on the end of 2011 releases

{mosimage}BUDAPEST: The Hungarian film industry is pinning its hopes for the 2011 box office on two December releases in a year that saw the market share for domestically produced films…

First round of scripts disappoints new Hungarian National Film Fund

BUDAPEST: The scripts submitted to the new Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF, www.filmalap.hu) in its first round have been described as “disappointing” by MNF chief Agnes Havas and Hungary’s Film…

National films see a huge downfall in Hungarian cinemas

By the end of November, the most successful Hungarian film among the premieres of 2011 reached about 20.000 viewers in the cinemas. The film Vad Magyarország (Wild Hungary) is a…

The Hungarian National Film Fund is waiting for better scripts

The Hungarian National Film Fund (MNF, www.filmalap.hu) discussed its first experiences with film professionals on an open debate in Budapest, on 13th December 2011. The new support body, that took…

PRODUCTION: Hajdu in Production with The Gambler

BUDAPEST: Hungarian director and writer Szabolcs Hajdu in in mid-production with The Gambler, the follow-up to his 2010 film Bibliotheque Pascal, Hungary's candidate for the foreign language Oscar in 2011.

New law to pump 13 M EUR into Hungarian film industry in 2012

BUDAPEST: The Hungarian Parliament has approved a new Hungarian Film Law which will pump 4 bln HUF (cca. 13 m EUR) into the national film industry. Under the new law…

Hungarian Digital Subscriptions Rise

BUDAPEST: Digital TV subscriptions in Hungary rose by over 19,000 during the month of September, according to a report in the Budapest Business Journal.

Hungary Introduces Draft Amendment in Parliament

BUDAPEST: A draft amendment to the Hungarian film act has been introduced in the Hungarian parliament. The new bill will alter the basis for funding Hungarian cinema.

FNE Visegrad Special: Coproductions in Hungary 2011

BUDAPEST: The tax incentive scheme in Hungary set up in 2004 together with special grants for international coproduction from the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation (MMK www.mmka.hu) was responsible for a…

FNE at Jameson Cinefest: Austria's Breathing Take Main Prize

MISKOLC, HUNGARY: The 8th Jameson CineFest (www.cinefest.hu) awarded tthe Austrian film Breathing (Atmen) directed by Karl Markovicx the Emeric Pressburger Prize, named for the Oscar-winning native son of the northeastern…