Shooting in Hungary

Film Facilities in Budapest

Sound Stages & Film Equipment Rental

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. After World War II, in spite of some continued growth, the Russian occupation and the socialist-communist regime led the country lost to loose its prominent position.


Nevertheless, the country’s early prominence sealed its reputation and the country continued to draw several international productions during the Cold War era, including big budget action features like Red Heat starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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. After World War II, in spite of some continued growth, the Russian occupation and the socialist-communist regime led the country lost to loose its prominent position.


Nevertheless, the country’s early prominence sealed its reputation and the country continued to draw several international productions during the Cold War era, including big budget action features like Red Heat starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

After the country’s transition to democracy in 1990, the international film community increasingly chose Budapest for commercial and feature film production thanks to the Hungarian capital’s outstanding film production infrastructure.


In addition, the government’s support of foreign productions permitted the construction of a number of state-of-the-art studios, financed by private capital - today there are 29 first-class sound stages in Hungary.

Crew of a film shoot in Hungary in 1955Photo: FORTEPAN

Sound Stages

The best Central European location for film production is Budapest, which features the largest, most modern, and best-equipped stages. The two largest studio complexes are the Korda Studio and the Origo Studio (the former a $140 million project, the latter a $104 million project.) The Origo Studio also provides film development and processing as well as other ultramodern post-production facilities.


Progressive Productions has a strong and long standing relationship with these studios and our partners are able to reserve any of these studios through us.


In the past, Budapest’s biggest regional competition for film & television production was Prague. This trend has now been overturned thanks to a unique subsidy guarantee for foreign productions shooting locally - a 25% production rebate for all money spent within the country. As a result of Hungary’s rebate program, more feature films have been produced in Budapest than in Prague in the past decade.


Although this government subsidy does not apply to commercials, the fact that production costs in Prague have increased considerably ensures that Budapest now proves more attractive in terms of production costs and infrastructure.

Equipment

A full range of state-of-the-art film production equipment (Arri, Panther, Panavision) is readily available in Budapest for local productions. Three of the largest equipment vendors are based in Budapest: Sparks Kft (Panavision Distributor), Vision Team Kft (Arri Rental Partner) and the official Arri Rental. All three rental houses offer a wide range of cameras, lighting, grip equipment and generators in sufficient quantities to satisfy the needs of even the largest of productions. An excellent selection of cranes, a technocrane (with 2, 3 axis remote head) is also available.


Productions requiring certain specialty equipment (e.g. motion control, Russian arm, R1 rig) that are not available locally, can be obtained easily and rapidly (1 week at the most) by Progressive Productions and/or their vendors through an international production network.

There are two major motion picture film lab facilities in Budapest for both 16 & 35mm format film as well as 4K dailies.


Film production equipment rental fees in Budapest are virtually the same as rental fees in other European countries or in the United States. At the same time, they also honor discounts common in the international film industry (e.g. a week’s charge on 3 day rate).

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