Hungarian Studio Expansion Brings Opportunities for Film and TV Productions
NFI Studios to Expand and Meet the Growing Demand for Soundstage Space
Feb 13, 2023
The National Film Institute's Studios in Hungary's Fót will undergo a major expansion project aimed at boosting the country's film industry. With soundstage occupancy rates reaching a critical level, the expansion will increase the studio's capacity to 12,200 square meters, providing more space for both international and Hungarian productions. The new soundstages will feature state-of-the-art facilities and the flexibility to accommodate a variety of production types.
The National Film Institute's Studios in Hungary's Fót will undergo a major expansion project as part of the country's economic protection program. The government plans to increase the studio's capacity to 12,200 square meters, creating hundreds of new job opportunities.
Four new soundstages, each measuring 2500 square meters, will be built on the 10,000 square meter lot, bringing the total studio capacity to 12,670 square meters. The soundstages can also be used as two 4800 square meter stages, making the NFI Studios a versatile and attractive option for both international and Hungarian productions. The soundstages will feature state-of-the-art facilities, close proximity to backlot sets and support facilities, and the flexibility to accommodate a variety of production types.
With soundstage occupancy rates reaching a critical level in Hungary, the expansion will meet the increasing demand for studio space. The Fót production hub expansion will be the country's largest state-funded film studio development project, aimed at boosting the Hungarian film industry.
NFI Studios, located on a 23-hectare plot in Fót, offers a range of backlot sets and soundstages, along with a wide variety of props and wardrobe. The studio complex is just a 30-minute drive from Liszt Ferenc Airport or 20 minutes from Budapest city center and serves as a filming location for some of the biggest Hollywood productions, Netflix shows, and indie films. With the addition of Europe's largest outdoor water tank, the NFI Studios are well-equipped to handle any type of film or TV production.
The Hungarian film industry has seen tremendous growth in recent years, with film production spending reaching HUF 100 billion annually and contributing significantly to the country's GDP. Budapest is the second most popular place to shoot films in Europe, and films produced in Hungary are eligible for a 30% rebate based on their expenditure in the country.
A total of 10,880 m2 of service facilities will be built for the new studios.