Magazine article Screen International

Vajna Puts Emphasis on New Hungarian Talent

Magazine article Screen International

Vajna Puts Emphasis on New Hungarian Talent

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Speaking in Berlin this week, Hungarian film commissioner and troubleshooter Andy Vajna has responded to criticisms from members of the Hungarian Filmmakers' Association (led by Bela Tarr) that film artistry and culture is being stifled under the film regime he now heads.

"They want to handle the money themselves," Vajna suggested of the Association. "It's all about the money even though it has become a political platform for them."

Vajna also questioned the timing of the criticisms. "We just started...give it a chance to work and then you can object a year later that we haven't done it right."

The Commissioner emphasized that developing new Hungarian filmmaking talent is a key priority. He noted that two of the first four films the new Film Fund has supported are from first-time filmmakers. …

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