- 13 Aug 2020 7:46 AM
- Hungary Matters
Csaba Káel, government commissioner for developing the local motion picture industry, said three big productions are currently underway at Origo Studios:
1. Director Denis Villeneuve’s science fiction film 'Dune';
2. 'The Unbearable Weight Of Massive Talent' (UWOMT), starring Nicolas Cage; and
3. The ballet drama 'Birds of Paradise'.
The pandemic has not shut down Hungary’s film industry, he said, noting measures taken in recent months to ensure steady work for the some 20,000 Hungarian motion picture professionals.
Currently, film professionals from the United States need to produce two negative Covid-19 tests before entering Origo Studios, Káel said.
Hungary’s 30% tax rebate for film productions, the pool of local film industry talent and the country’s natural and architectural spaces offer filmmakers outstanding opportunities, he said.
Last year, direct subsidies for the film industry came to 164 billion forints (EUR 475.4m), up by 49% from 2018, Káel said.