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FUNDING Hungary

MMKA backs Vranik’s Broadcast

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After Black Brush (Best Film at the 2005 Hungarian Film Week, see news), young Hungarian director Roland Vranik (see interview) is preparing his second feature, Broadcast (Adas).

The project – set to begin lensing in the autumn for a Spring 2008 release – will have as its main theme a world identical to our current one, but without television. Produced by Gábor Kovács for Filmpartners, Broadcast – an Inforg Stúdió co-production – has received €366,000 from the Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary (MMKA).

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Another project funded by the MMKA is the Mythberg Films production Children of the Green Dragon (A zöld sarkany gyermekei, €366,000) by Bence Miklauzic, whose feature debut Sleepwalkers won two awards at the 2002 Hungarian Film Week.

The same sum went to Hunnia Filmstúdió production The Antz (A Hangya), the sixth feature by Árpád Sopsits, who presented Video Blues in competition at Locarno 1992 and won the 2001 Grand Prix at the Montréal Film Festival, as well as Best Director at the Film Week with his latest title (Torzók).

The foundation granted €62,000 to a second project from the slate of Inforg Stúdió, Latogatas by Benedek Fliegauf – the cult director behind Forest, Dealer and Milky Way (see news).

In total, MMKA granted €2.1m to feature films and €656,000 to animated film projects, including €81,000 for Inforg Stúdió’s Egill (see article) by Áron Gauder, an internationally acclaimed director since his feature debut The District.

Feature film directors to have received funding include Miklós Jancsó (Best Director at Cannes 1972, in competition at Berlin 1986) for The Truth is Nowhere to Found (Mythberg Films), József Pacskovszky for Me, You, Them (Film Art),Sandor Kardos with A Siraso (Inforg Stúdió), Slovakia’s Péter Bacsó (winner at San Sebastian 1968 and at Locarno 1972) for Red Umbrellas (Megafilm), Czech director Dusan Rapos for Cinka Panna (Focus Film) and György Dobray for A Viszkis (Szita&Deak Filmgyarto).

The MMKA has also backed a number of first features: The Tranquility by actor Róbert Alföldi (Unio Film), Attila Till’s Panic (Inforg Stúdió), Ejsbakai szolgalat by Peter Soos (Film Art) and Tamas Kemenyffy’s Mazli (Extreme Film).

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(Translated from French)

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