Magazine article Screen International

Csaba Kael, the New Hungarian Film Commissioner, on Taking over from Andy Vajna

Magazine article Screen International

Csaba Kael, the New Hungarian Film Commissioner, on Taking over from Andy Vajna

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Kael confirms Agnes Havas has stepped down as Hungarian Film Fund CEO.

Agnes Havas has stepped down from her position as CEO of the Hungarian Film Fund. The departure of the long-serving executive, who stood down at the end of September, was confirmed by new Hungarian Film Commissioner Csaba Káel.

“Ákos Pál is the new CEO. He’s a manager from international business and he worked for years as a trustee of the Hungarian Film Fund so he knows the company well,” Káel told Screen.

Havas, 64, had been in her position since the fund was established in 2011 and has been involved in projects including László Nemes’ Oscar-winner Son Of Saul, which the fund championed from an early stage. Káel expects her to continue to collaborate on certain projects.

In an exclusive interview, Káel also revealed plans to expand the Mafilm Studio complex near Budapest with the addition of two new 22,000-sq-ft sound stages, to open within three years. Of the site’s three existing sound stages, the largest is 19,375-sq-feet.

The expansion has been set into motion in response to increasing demand both from large international productions and local films. …

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