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Film friendly production - Shoot in Hungary

The interest of foreign film makers still presist in Hungary. According to National Film Office integrated into National Media and Communications Authority from 2012, more than HUF19.6 billion as contract production and HUF8.7 billion as co-production registered for movie making in last year.

24 February 2012

Tax relief system and weak HUF attract film productions

Tax relief system and weak HUF attract film productions


Performance of film industry is still outstanding due to tax-benefit system and weak HUF against the euro and U.S. dollar - said the Authority. Together with Hungarian films planned production cost at HUF33.7 billion reported to the Authority, while HUF45.2 billion filed in 2010. How much it actually crews and film makers costs spent for production to Hungary last year, tax certificates can give the answer. Tax Certificates issued at the level of HUF6.3 billion by the Film Office. Because 20% of film productions' budget can be related to tax-benefit, film makers must have spent around HUF31.5 billion on film production in 2011.

Brad Pitt's World War Z, geo-political thriller, brought HUF3.5 billion for Hungary

Brad Pitt's World War Z, geo-political thriller, brought HUF3.5 billion for Hungary

Production line

Thanks to preliminary negotiations, the authority considers that 2012 have better outlook compared to performance of 2011. The TV miniseries adaptation of The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett's novel)made in Hungary and it will be continued by the adaptation of World Without End. The Canadian-German TV series spent HUF5.4 billion last year in Hungary - said the Film Office. Forty-seven Ronin's crew, the American samurai movie starring with Keanu Reeves, spent more than HUF4.2 billion in 2011. Brad Pitt's World War Z, geo-political thriller, brought HUF3.5 billion for Hungary. The Titanic's 100th anniversary event, a British miniseries by Julian Fellows who spent HUF1.6 billion in this coutnry. Also, the British tv series, Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks novel) shooted in Hungary from HUF1.2 billion.

The Borgias, the Canadian-Irish-Hungarian TV series starring with Jeremy Irons, stands out among co-productions which had production budget of HUF5.1 billion in Hungary, and the third season will be continued in 2012. Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de Sa Majesté (Asterix & Obelix: On Her Majesty's Service) starring with Gerard Depardieu as one of the main roles, European co-production made from HUF3.5 billion.

A Good Day to Die Hard starring with Bruce Willis to produce in Hungary from Spring. The preliminary news about The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman film starring with Shia LaBeouf, is supposed to open in May.