For the first time in 2021, the new Hungarian Motion Picture Festival took place in the beautiful Veszprém-Balaton region, with open-air screenings, premieres of the latest Hungarian movies, international festival winners, stars, audience meetings, children and youth programmes, restored classics, exhibitions, concerts, and gastronomy programmes.
The National Film Institute, together with the organisers of the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 - European Capital of Culture (ECoC) Programme, had re-thought the celebration of Hungarian filmmaking: the Hungarian Film Festival (formerly known by various names, including Hungarian Film Review, Hungarian Film Week and Hungarian Cinema Review), combined with summer and the relaxed waterfront atmosphere of the Veszprém-Balaton Film Festival was a great success last year. The intent now is to nurture it into a popular meeting place for the Hungarian movie and television industry and the public.
Admittedly, our long-term goal is to become a new cultural-creative industrial region of Europe. We see filmmaking as one of this sector's most dynamically developing areas. It's no secret that we want to become a meeting place for the industry.
Film Picnic 2020
In 2020, the Veszprém-Balaton 2023 European Capital of Culture Programme organised a festival in Veszprém and Balatonfüred, entitled ‘Film Picnic’ [in Hungarian: Filmpiknik]. It fulfilled our hopes, and in 2021 we worked together with the National Film Institute to organise the Hungarian Motion Picture Festival. Further information about the Film Picnic