Location Management

Filming Permits in Hungary

The Process of Street Permits for Film Shoots in Budapest

Even though Hungary is a small country, its streets and buildings feature an extremely wide range of styles from the 17th century, all the way to the present day thanks to its rich history. This cultural variety spanning several eras has made it possible for Budapest to become a truly interesting and attractive shooting location. In addition, in the past years there have been significant changes in the law regulating filming on public premises. The government has consolidated and drastically reduced public premise permit fees for filming in order to make Hungary more attractive to foreign productions. Budapest has now truly became a film-friendly city.

Even though Hungary is a small country, its streets and buildings feature an extremely wide range of styles from the 17th century, all the way to the present day thanks to its rich history. This cultural variety spanning several eras has made it possible for Budapest to become a truly interesting and attractive shooting location. In addition, in the past years there have been significant changes in the law regulating filming on public premises. The government has consolidated and drastically reduced public premise permit fees for filming in order to make Hungary more attractive to foreign productions. Budapest has now truly became a film-friendly city.

Thanks to this new system, authorities can issue space reservation permits for filming within a target processing time of 5 days under a very simple one-door permitting process, even for the most prominent and most frequented tourist attractions of the city. In urgent cases, for an extra fee this time can be reduced to 3 days.

Cleaning up Andrassy after filming a scene for "Bel Ami"
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In some cases the whole permitting process can be more than 5 days if other authorities have to be involved. In case of full road closure before the filming permit a traffic management plan should be made and approved by the local public transportation authorities and the police department. The waiting time of this process depends on the exact street and area, but it can be from 4 days to 10 days.

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The permit fees for the requested areas are calculated by square meters. There are there different types of areas with varying fees for a film shooting permits: parking area, technical area and shooting area. Usually for the parking area, Progressive Productions asks to have the permission 24 hours before the shoot date in order to have the possibility to clear the area from other parked cars.

Thanks to this film friendly regulation with its one-door transparent process, Progressive Productions can easily handle all the paperwork and keep eye on the process to make it as smooth as possible. Progressive Productions does the whole location management of the film or photo shoot from the scout session to the last moments of the shoot. As excellent location management is one of the crucial pillars of a successful production, for the last few years Progressive Productions has been putting huge efforts into this area.

If you are interested in the beautiful streets and squares of Budapest, please check out our location database here!

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