Hungarian Film Fund to Finance Three Projects

The group will disburse 505 million forints ($2.2 million) to the films' production.

MOSCOW – The Hungarian National Film Fund, the new main funding body of the country’s film sector, will provide 505 million forints ($2.2 million) to the production of new films.

Two hundred and five million forints ($900,000) will go to Isteni m?szak (Heavenly Shift), the first feature by Márk Bodzsár. This is a story of Milan, a young Yugoslav refugee who gets involved in the funeral business hoping to save up enough money to save his fiancée from the war.

István Bodzsár, the film’s producer, told The Hollywood Reporter that the Hungarian Film Fund is very substantial for the production as its total budget is 305 million forint ($1.3 million). He added that the project was previously developed at Nipkow Programme and awarded as one of the most promising projects at the Tallinn Baltic Event’s Co-Production Market in December 2011, which has helped to come up with the rest of the budget.

The film is produced by Unio Film and co-produced by Sparks, and principal photography is scheduled for late August and September on Hungarian locations. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2013.

The fund is to contribute 300 million forints ($1.3 million) to Délibáb (Mirage), directed by Szablocs Hajdu, known for Bibliothéque Pascal. The 540 million forint ($2.4 million) film is to be focused on the story of an African football player in a small Hungarian town, who commits a crime and has to flee the town. The film is being produced by Hungary’s Mirage Film Studio and Partnersfilm, the United Kingdom’s Fourth Culture Films and Slovakia’s MPhfilms.

The fund has also made the decision to provide funding for the production of the documentary Szerelem patak (Stream of Love), directed by Ágnes Sós, but the exact figure has not yet been finalized.