Donkey Xote won BEST FILM AWARD at the Montréal Film Festival


DONKEY XOTE directed by Ottó Bánovits, a Swedish-Hungarian co-production starring Ary Katz and Lajos Kovács won the BEST FILM AWARD at the 47th Montréal Film Festival

Donkey Xote selected for Montréal Film Festival


DONKEY XOTE directed by Ottó Bánovits, a Swedish-Hungarian co-production starring Hollywood actor Ary Katz and iconic Hungarian actor Lajos Kovacs finished post-production and was selected for the 2016 Montréal World Film Festival.

Hungary simplifies shooting fees


The Act on Motion Picture – adopted by the Hungarian Parliament in autumn 2012  – entered into force at the beginning of January 2013. Regarding shooting permits the new Act includes the following:

- Permitting process regarding shooting on public places won’t take longer than 5 business days in Budapest,
- Simplified, ‘one-window’ submission process where permits for Budapest or for one country region of the country will be issued by only one authority (instead of submission obligation to different authorities depending on the specific district/town)
- Significant decrease of the public domain fees by introducing a new ‘zone system’, where even the highest rated zones (e.g. the world famous Buda Castle area and the historical downtown of Budapest) became less expensive.

Thanks to the new legislations, we are able to react even more quickly on your requests.

Variety article

Screening of Last Year for Ever

Petőfi Literary Museum at the Károlyi Palace screened Tamás’s first film Last Year for Ever as the Closure Event of the Géza Ottlik Jubilee programs with success.

Program of 30th January 2013
18h – Worlds of Creation – Mathematics and Literature
Guests: Péter Esterházy and Prof. Gyula Obádovics J.

20h – „As spectators we all started our own free cinema…”
Screening of the films:
The Swimming Pool Thief directed by Lili Horváth (19′)
Last Year For Ever (40′) directed, co-written and co-produced by Tamás Joó
After the screening film critic and Ottlik-expert László Kelecsényi talks with Tamás Joó

Premiere of The Spy by Miguel Alexandre

The premiere of the Germany-Austria-Hungary co-production “The Spy” will take place from 20.15 on 27th December 2013 on ARD. Biggest part of the shooting (25 days) took place in Hungary. We shot London, Paris and Hamburg scenes in Budapest and Scottish village scenes in its surroundings. Our production offices and storage base were installed at Raleigh Studios Budapest.

“The Spy” is a thrilling spy story from the World War II featuring what must have been the most glamorous weapon possessed by the German intelligence services: Vera von Schalburg. Woman, mother, mistress, spy – and double agent.


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