Magazine article Screen International

Hungary Greenlights First-Time Features through Incubator Program (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

Hungary Greenlights First-Time Features through Incubator Program (Exclusive)

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The low-budget initiative’s previous titles include Zsófia Szilágyi’s ‘One Day’, in Critics’ Week at Cannes.

Zsófia Szilágyi’s ‘One Day’ is screening in Critics’ Week at Cannes.

The Hungarian National Film Fund’s low-budget Incubator Program, aimed at enabling young first-time directors to make their first films, has greenlit several new features.

They include Grosan Cristina and Nóra Rainer-Micsinyei comedy drama Things Worth Weeping For, Hajni Kis’ relationship drama A Pack Of Our Town, Nándor Lőrincz and Bálint Nagy’s drama The Last Bus, Márton Szirmai’s animation Where Did I Ruin It? and Judit Oláh’s drama The Camp.

Through Incubator, similar in ethos to the UK’s iFeatures initiative, narrative filmmakers are provided with around [Euro]200,000 for fiction features, [Euro]75,000 for documentaries. and up to [Euro]265,000 for animations.

The talent development initiative has 15 first features in three years and kick-started the careers of a new generation of directors.

At Cannes, Zsófia Szilágyi’s One Day, which was developed by Incubator, is screening to enthusiastic reviews in Critics’ Week and is being sold by Films Boutique. …

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