Hungary's MMKA Fund 2008 grants listing

The Hungarian state film financing body, MMKA ( has given grants to 31 feature films, TV movies and animated films in May, 2008. A complete list of the films, production…

DISCOP business heats up prior to June 18 opening

DISCOP EAST 08, taking place June 18-20 in Budapest, is moving into gear even before buyers arrive. Now in its 18th year of operation, the TV market expects to attract…

First Hungarian Film Showcase set for London

The centennial of Hungarian filmmaking will be celebrated in London with a film showcase running June 26-29. Organized by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, the showcase will be attended by guests…

RTL Klub CEO tops Most Influential Media Figures List in Hungary

Dirk Gerkens, CEO of M-RTL Klub Zrt. (, has been named as the most influential figure in the Hungarian media scene by "Marketing & Media." The Sanoma trade paper publishes…

MMKA Fund's credit point system grants €146,000 to filmmakers

On May 23, the Hungarian film fund MMKA announced it had assigned credit points to several dozen filmmakers, totalling HUF 36 million (€146,000). Animation films received €63,000, €43,000 was granted…

Hungary's MMKA fund pledges €450,000 for film production

On May 28, Hungary's main state film funding body, the Hungarian Motion Picture Fund, MMKA (, pledged over €450,000 (HUF110 million) in refundable grants for five feature films with principal…

Delta takes FIPRESCI prize at Cannes

Hungarian director Kornel Mondruczo's Delta won the film critics' FIPRESCI award at the 61st Cannes film festival. The award was accepted by German co-producer Susanne Marian on behalf of Mondruczo,…

HungariCom presents a slate of eight films in Cannes

The independent Hungarian distribution company HungariCom leads off its Marche du Film slate with the Hungarian/U.S. adult animated feature Immigrant.

Hungarian Revolution cameraman Joseph Miko dies, age 87

Joseph Miko, who filmed the 1956 Hungarian uprising, then fled to the U.S., has died in Los Angeles.

HelloHD TV launches in Hungary

Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) announced that it is supplying high definition digital video recorders to Hello Platform for the launch of the new Hungarian television platform, which launched May 1.

Two Hungarian films headed for Cannes

Feature film Delta and short film 411-Z have been invited to compete at the Cannes Film Festival.

Correction: Nine Miles Down

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Biopic planned on Hungarian pop singer Miklos Fenyo

Gergely Fonyo will direct a biopic of the famous Hungarian pop singer Miklós Fenyo budgeted at €2 million, titled Made in Hungaria. The director, who previously lived and worked in…

Palfi winds up shoot on Triptichon

Gyorgy Palfi, the director of Taxidermia (2006) and Hukkle (2002), both of which are often described as "unique" and even "bizarre," has just finished the shooting of Triptichon, which by…

Hungarian director Tamas Toth wins independent film award

Hungarian director Tamas Toth picked up the best director prize for his film Wolf at the European Independent Film Festival 2008 in Paris on Sunday. The weekend event featured 102…

Hungarian New Wave directors on webTV

Hungary's New Wave directors, seeking a way to counter declining film admissions, have launched a webTV site ( to get their films before a wider audience. Eight directors and three…

Animated film Princess of the Sun shows competitive edge for Hungary

Hungary proved to have the competitive advantage in landing the animation work for Princess of the Sun, a €5.5 million French-Belgian-Hungarian co-production that was recently presented in Hungary at a…

A cinema for documentaries opens in Budapest

A cinema for documentaries opened in Budapest this week. The DocuArt project is a comprehensive film distribution concept that aims to increase cooperative efforts within the documentary film industry as…

Brazilian coprod Budapest filming in Hungary (update)

Prominent Brazilian cinematographer Walter Carvalho's €2.45 million directorial debut Budapest is about midway through four weeks of filming in the Hungarian capital after completing a 17-day shoot in Rio de…

New Hungarian government initiative against piracy

The former CEO of a top Hungarian distributor, Andras Kalman, has returned to his former position as executive of the Hungarian Foundation of Public Interest for Copyright Protection of Audiovisual…