Hungarian studio hosts domestic filmmaker

BUDAPEST Upcoming feature “Kameleon,” from helmer Krisztina Goda, will be the first Hungarian film to shoot at the Korda Film Studio., the film complex that opened its doors in 2007, announced that it will service the

It marks the first time the studio, equipped for Hollywood film shoots, has opened its doors to a domestic filmmaker.

Calling the cinema Hungary’s chief creative export, Korda board chairman Andras Simonyi said: “I want to send a message to the world that Hungarian films can be made here.”

“Kameleon” is the second film to be made at Korda since it officially opened its doors in April 2007. Universal’s “Hellboy 2: The Golden Army,” helmed by Guillermo del Toro, wrapped at Korda last November after a six-month shoot.

Korda managing director Laszlo Krisan said the studio is targeting clients of all sizes.

The deal also sends a message that Korda is open for business after the European Commission opened negotiations with the Hungarian government over subsidy issues, including Hungary’s popular 20 percent tax rebate to filmmakers, which has been seen as essential in drawing international film productions to the country.

So far rumors that the Commission would scuttle the incentives have been unfounded.

On Monday, the Hungarian Parliament is set to vote on a new film bill that includes the 20 percent tax incentive, along with new Cultural Test mechanisms mandated by the Commission.

Although this law, if passed, will have to be ratified by the Commission, Korda appears optimistic about the future.

Managing director Krisan announced the completion of the studio’s fifth 25,800-square-foot sound stage, and said that work on the sixth and last studio, which, when completed, will be the largest sound stage in the world, could begin soon.

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