LOCATIONS IN HUNGARY
Hungary has become an increasingly popular destination for film and TV productions, with its diverse range of locations, skilled local crew, and attractive tax incentives!
Hungary offers a wide range of locations for filming, from the stunning architecture of Budapest to the rolling hills of the countryside. The capital city, Budapest, is a popular location for filming and has been used as a stand-in for several other cities in the past, thanks to its mix of architectural styles. The country also has many castles, palaces, and historic buildings that make for great period backdrops. Additionally, Hungary offers a number of modern, urban locations, as well as natural landscapes such as lakes, mountains, and forests.
Crew and Equipment
The local crew in Hungary is highly skilled and experienced, with a range of professionals available including production managers, location managers, Fixers, DOP’s and more. The country also has a good selection of film equipment available for rental, including cameras, lighting, and grip equipment. The costs of hiring local crew and equipment are competitive, and the crew are known for being flexible and adaptable to different production needs.
In order to film in Hungary, you will need to obtain a filming permit from the National Film Office. The application process is straightforward, and the office is known for being responsive to requests. However, it’s important to note that certain locations may require additional permits or permissions, such as filming in public spaces or historic buildings. It’s always best to check with the local authorities and obtain any necessary permits in advance. We can help out with the application process and the necessary paperworks!
The country has a relatively low cost of living compared to other European destinations, making it an attractive option for the production budget.
A few additional things worth knowing
- Language: Hungarian is the official language in Hungary, although many locals speak English as well. It may be helpful to have a local translator, Fixer or interpreter on set to ensure smooth communication with the crew and locals.
- Weather: Hungary has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. The best time to film outdoors is from April to October, although it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast and plan accordingly.
- Accommodation: Hungary has a wide range of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels. It’s important to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak tourist season.
- Transportation: Hungary has a well-developed public transportation system, including trains, buses, and trams. Taxis are also readily available in major cities. It’s important to factor in transportation costs and logistics when planning your production.
- Cultural and Historical Sites: Hungary has a rich history and culture, with many cultural and historical sites to explore.
Overall, Hungary offers a welcoming and professional environment for film and TV productions, with a range of locations, skilled crew, and attractive incentives.
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