A boost for Hungarian films with foreign casts
by Fabien Lemercier
10/12/2012 - The Hungarian Film Law has been tweaked to include the same support to national films with foreign actors as to those shot in Hungarian
While the Hungarian film industry has now reorganised itself after having hit rock bottom, but national production is still recovering, the Parliament has just added a few tweaks to the country's film law. Among the new amendments, the notion of a film shot in the Hungarian language has been broadened to now include productions for which the director and the majority of the film crew speak Hungarian. Films in which a majority of scenes are shot in a foreign language because of the actors will thus be able to be supported to the the same level as those shot in Hungarian, i.e. 80% of the production budget, whereas they only received 50% until now (even if they qualified as Hungarian films).
Parliament's recent amendments have also reinforced the pivotal role played by the Hungarian National Film Fund (headed by Andrew G. Vajna - photo) and precisely defined the cost of shooting in different Hungarian towns (from €0.7 to €7 per day and per meter square).
(Translated from French)