The government commissioner for motion pictures said filmmaking will soon fully resume in Hungary once coronavirus-related restrictions are lifted.
Csaba Káel told Világgazdaság that Hungary has not imposed a ban on the shooting of international co-productions and Hungarian films, most of which however suffered delays due to general restrictions related to the epidemic. He said the production of every film scheduled this year will continue as the National Film Institute rescheduled their funding in March.
The shooting of ten state-funded feature-length films will start later this year and post-production is under way for another 16. The shooting of international co-productions is expected to be resumed in line with the lifting of travel restrictions.
Films under production in Hungary include Showtime’s Halo, Netflix’s Terra Vision, Denis Villeneuve’s epic sci-fi Dune, TriStar’s The Nightingale and American drama Birds of Paradise.
Direct spending in filmmaking in Hungary has totalled an annual HUF 100 billion (EUR 290m) since 2016 mostly by international productions. The industry employs about 20,000 people.
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