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Act 2 for the HNFF’s "incubator programme"

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- Six feature debuts have been selected and will be backed by the Hungarian National Film Fund

Act 2 for the HNFF’s "incubator programme"
The individuals selected to take part in a pitching forum in Budapest on 23 November (© HNFF)

Founded last year in order to support a promising young generation of filmmakers, the "incubator programme" helmed by the Hungarian National Film Fund (read the interview with CEO Agnes Havas, who we met up with in June) has unveiled its selection for 2016. Of the 69 projects that applied, ten were accepted to take part in a pitching forum in front of a jury (which included distributor Gabor Böszörményi, screenwriter Réka Divinyi and director Lili Horváth) and an audience consisting of film students. In the end, five low-budget projects were chosen: each fiction feature will receive €250,000 in production support (including tax credit), while the documentary projects will get €87,000. The selection also includes a project that will receive development support. 

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Here is the complete HNFF incubator programme selection for 2016:

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 - György Mór Kárpáti
1849: the end of the Hungarian War of Independence. Earlier, Barnabás had hidden from conscription – now he hits the road to find his brother, who is serving in a guerrilla group, and to join the fight.

Impromptu - Zoltán Nagy
A coming-of-age story set in the countryside in the modern day, where irresponsible teenager Dávid must stand up for a 13-year-old girl who is being molested by their old music teacher.

No One's Going Anywhere - Attila Hartung
An 18-year-old boy, full of angst, loves his parents, and yet, when they have a serious accident out of town, he can’t face going to see them. Fleeing his own thoughts, he finds himself in the whirlwind of Budapest’s nightlife, where he eventually discovers who he really is.

A Boy - Alexa Bakony (documentary)
Jasmin is a 16-year-old who was born a woman, but inside, he is a man. He would like to start his life as Tobias. Unfortunately, he can’t make this transformation until he turns 18 – the film follows this frustrating period.

Tales from the Cell - Ábel Visky (documentary)
Fathers in prison write stories to their children about films that will be made starring their own kids. This is a documentary about the liberating power of the imagination breaking down barriers.

Development Prize:

VHS - Sándor Csoma 
In the early 1990s, Emma and her father take off on a journey to Germany to acquire VHS cassettes with the newest American blockbusters. First they struggle to find any common ground, until they cross paths with the mother, who left her family behind to fulfil her ambitions.

(Translated from French)

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