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Apr 21, 2020

Fót studio expansion to serve international film industry

Government film commissioner Csaba Káel has revealed that the Mafilm Studio complex in Fót on the outskirts of Budapest will be expanded to cater for foreign and Hungarian productions.

Government film commissioner Csaba Káel has revealed that the Mafilm Studio complex in Fót on the outskirts of Budapest will be expanded to cater for foreign and Hungarian productions.

According to MTI, the project will see four new soundstages built over 9,600 square meters, boosting total studio capacity fivefold, to 12,200sqm. Káel said the project, implemented under the government’s economic protection action plan, will be Hungary’s largest ever state-funded film studio development project. It has Europe’s largest outdoor water tank which was used in the shooting of Blade Runner 2049 and Terminator: Dark Fate.

The Hungarian motion picture industry is a success sector of the Hungarian economy with direct film production spending exceeding HUF 100 billion (EUR 283m) every year since 2017. The contribution of the film industry to the country’s GDP is outstandingly high by European comparison.

Káel said Budapest is the second most popular filming location on the continent after London. He noted the 30 percent tax rebate foreign productions receive in Hungary under a government decree enacted three years ago.