In Hungary there is a 30% subsidy on the total cost of the film production. All qualified production costs can be included - that is, for the expenses that are spent in Hungary and those foreign expenses that are directly associated with the scenes shot in Hungary. There is no limit to what size the budget can be when applying.
Subsidies are only available for feature films, documentaries, and drama series. They are not eligible for commercials, reality shows, or soap operas.
There is a 'cultural test' which reduces the chance of receiving a subsidy if the production does not portray European locations in the scenes, and if the project is purely about violence. Content that is severely detrimental to minors (i.e., adult movies) is not likely to be accepted either. Productions employing a significant amount of Hungarian crew members increase the odds of receiving a subsidy.
Subsidy funds are, in all cases, delivered after the shoot, often at the end of the year. Producers must have the full amount of shooting funds at their disposal for the shoot.
Write us an email with your production plans, and we can elaborate on the subsidies your project may be eligible for. Let us assist you to work out the best possible options!
At the heart of Europe is Budapest, where a blend of cultures has pulsed through the city for 500 years. This colorful history has left its mark on Hungary and its capital city. A great variety of location styles in Budapest act as a magnet for creatives who are working in the film and photo industry.
Film production in Hungary has a rich, century-old history. At the beginning of the 1940’s, the Hungarian film industry was ranked third largest in Europe. This deep-rooted tradition is as alive and well in every segment of the industry as it is among civic leaders. The 30% tax incentive for feature films, TV and documentaries, and the extremely fast 4-day public location permitting process demonstrate the film-friendly approach to film and photo shoots across the wide range of locations in Budapest.
Over the past two decades numerous Hollywood productions have chosen to shoot in Hungary. This activity has boosted the resources available in every part of the film industry. For example, Budapest has 29 first-class soundstages with one of the biggest in the region. It’s also home to a pack of film-friendly wolves. The crews speak English and all of them are well experienced in a wide range of international productions with an average of 220 working days per year.
The results provide for an easy and convenient workflow from prep to wrap, but there’s no overlooking the biggest local draw are the locations in Budapest: the colorful variety of different architectural styles from gothic to contemporary, baroque palaces, marble ballrooms, Formula 1 racetracks or even abandoned, offbeat places making Hungary an inspiring environment for creatives. What’s more, it's a productive place where the friendly approach can secure a shoot in a 150-year-old train station, an old Royal Palace or in the marvelous National Opera House, to name a few of the many treasures that await.
Amanacliq Executive Producer.