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Hungary filming incentives

Hungary has raised its production tax incentive from 25% to 30%

Films (for cinema and television) produced in Hungary are eligible for a 30% rebate based on their expenditure (all the direct film production costs) spent in the country. The scheme is part of the film support program approved by the European Commission

The incentive is available through local business companies that receive tax relief after their support of films. The support is guaranteed by the Hungarian State through the Collection Account managed by the NFI.

The financial support is provided in the form of a cash refund (post-financing). The 30% incentive is extendable to 37.5% of the eligible production expense by adding 7.5% non-Hungarian costs. (The non-Hungarian eligible spend is capped at 25% of the rebate.)

About filming in Hungary

The country has hosted numerous major international productions in recent years, including Disney’s Black Widow, Fox’s Red Sparrow, Lionsgate’s Robin Hood, Sony’s Blade Runner 2049 and Will Smith's thriller Gemini Man directed by Ang Lee. Independent films include Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, starring Keira Knightley.

Budapest is the most popular location to shoot films in Europe. Film production spending reached $670m in Hungary in 2022.

Former Hungarian film commissioner Andy Vajna said: “In addition to the tax incentive Hungary’s film industry has highly educated and experienced film crews, a variety of exciting and new film locations and state-of-the-art sound stages.”

"Budapest has recently become Europe’s biggest film production base after London, with top producers shooting with the world’s biggest stars." Csaba Kael, Chairman of the National Film Institute

30%

Production tax incentive

1st

Most popular location in Europe

$670m

Film production spending in 2022

0.3%

of country’s GDP is film production