In a landmark move for the Hungarian film industry, ORIGO Studios has unveiled the ORIGO Talent Network, a pioneering platform designed to showcase the rich pool of Hungarian acting talent to international production companies.
The announcement, made during a press conference today, marks a significant step forward in promoting Hungary as a major hub for filmmaking in Europe, not just for its financial incentives but also for its wealth of professional talent.
A Gateway to Local Talent
The ORIGO Talent Network aims to capitalize on the increasing number of international film projects choosing Hungary as their shooting location. With its substantial tax rebate system, Hungary has long been an attractive destination for filmmakers around the globe. However, ORIGO Studios is now broadening this appeal by highlighting another of Hungary’s assets: its skilled actors and actresses proficient in English and other foreign languages.
“This is a free service, through which productions can directly contact the actors. We want to see more Hungarian actors and actresses perform in the biggest Hollywood productions. The purpose of this network is not only to bring as many international productions to Hungary as possible, but to ensure that local professionals, including actors, can play a role in them. This talent network is our contribution to this effort,” detailed Márta Fekszi, CEO of ORIGO Studios.
This initiative seeks to reduce the need for productions to bring in foreign actors for specific roles, offering a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative by employing Hungarian talent. The service is free of charge, allowing any local actor to register and be part of this dynamic network.
Hollywood’s Return to Hungary
At the press conference, Fekszi emphasized the historical connection between Hungary and Hollywood, noting that many Hungarians were among the founders of the American film industry. She pointed out that in recent years, Hollywood has been rediscovering Hungary as a major filmmaking hub in Europe. The presence of celebrated Hungarian actors such as Dorka Gryllus, Júlia Ubrankovics, and Máté Haumann at the event underscored the country’s rich talent pool.
Máté Haumann, who recently starred in Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer”, also applauded the new initiative, while highlighting the struggle of non-English speaking actors, trying to break into the international scene: ”There’s no recipe for it. It requires perseverance, time, and constant effort. However, the creation of such a talent network is a very important thing, as I believe the talent of Hungarian actors is remarkable. All of us should keep this in mind – we need to work together in this new network not as individuals, but in unity.”
Haumann’s recent role in Christopher Nolan‘s “Oppenheimer,” currently nominated for 13 Academy Awards, highlights the global stage on which Hungarian actors are increasingly performing.
The ORIGO Talent Network Advantage
Productions that choose to employ Hungarian talent through the network can benefit from the country’s 30% tax rebate, alongside a host of other financial and logistical advantages. These include lower accommodation, travel, and transportation costs, simplified contractual processes, and a reduction in the carbon footprint associated with bringing in talent from abroad.
The initiative also presents a sustainable alternative for the film industry, addressing the increasing concerns over the environmental impact of global filmmaking practices. By minimizing the need for international travel, the ORIGO Talent Network contributes to reducing the carbon dioxide footprint of film productions, aligning with broader efforts towards environmental sustainability.
With this initiative, ORIGO Studios reaffirms its commitment to promoting Hungary as a premier destination for filmmaking, leveraging its historical roots, modern-day advantages, and now, its exceptional talent pool.
You can browse the registered actors and actresses here: https://origotalent.com/