Funding bodies

Fund Goal

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works including...

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Fund Goal

To encourage co-operation between professionals working in different countries by providing financial support to European co-productions.

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Fund Goal

To contribute to the production of Hungarian films or co-productions that provide art and entertainment for moviegoers and bring significant success both domestically and on an international level. The Film Fund provides financial and professional support for script development, project development...

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For a short stay of up to 90 days visas are not required for the citizens of the following countries: European Union, Albania, Andorra, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States, Uruguay, Vatican City and Venezuela.
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Nationals of the EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland, including citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, are able to work without restriction in Hungary.
Employers only have to report the employment of the foreign worker and his/her next-of-kind at the latest on the first day of employment. This should be done using the relevant registration form at the competent labour office for the place of employment. The employer must report the cessation of employment at the latest on the day following cessation. - For all other nationalities a work permit must be acquired.

No official permission is required for feature film shoots or any other type of production other than the normal requirement for permission from the owner of the authority responsible for the location in question. Most locations only take a few days for permission.

Accepts ATA Carnets for Commercial Samples, Exhibitions and Fairs, Professional Equipment. For detailed information visit

VAT standard rate is 27% starting 1.1.2012 (previous rate - 25%) Reduced rates of 18% for hotels and basic food, and 5% rate that relates mainly to products and services such as books and medicines. Hungary VAT Recovery Time: 6 months

Hungary has also joined all major international treaties on copyright, such as the Berne Convention, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the Performances and Phonograms Treaty. A long process has finally resulted in the passing of a new Copyright Act (No LXXVI of 1999) ('the Act') in Hungary, which entered into force on 1 September 1999. The new Act was eagerly awaited as it was expected to: · harmonize local copyright law with Hungary's international obligations: address the challenges of technological development as well as the changed economic environment; and enhance the effectiveness of legal measures against infringement. The present Act expressly refers to full harmonization with all the EU Directives that relate to copyright issues. Ref: Act No. LXXVI of 1999 on Copyright (

Social security rates for 2011: For employers: 28.5% in total applicable as follows: 24% pension fund, 3% health insurance and unemployment contribution (2% plus 1%), 1.5% training contribution. For employees: 10% pension contribution (subject to an annual grosss income cap of HUF 7'665'000), 7.50% on health insurance and unemployment contribution (6% plus 1.5%). In addition, individuals are subject to 14.00% health care tax charge on certain elements of passive income if the health insurance contribution is less than HUF 450'000 in the current year.

Film Commissions


The Hungarian Film Commission that works within the framework of the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary. Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International.

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Pécs Film Commission would like to help the film production teams with the questions and issues regarding the implementation of a film production in Pécs, as well as with the location management, the logistics services, etc.

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Coproduction treaties

Professional Associations

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