Creative Industries / Hungary

Global blockbusters ‘Made in Hungary’

Through state-of-the-art facilities and an enviable track record in global film productions, Origo Film Studios’ reputation as a leading partner for the silver screen precedes itself.

Global blockbusters ‘Made in Hungary’

Origo Film Studios is the second busiest film complex in Europe.

Budapest’s growing reputation as the film capital of Europe has scaled up in recent years, standing on the shoulders of emerging high-tech film studios. One studio has distinguished itself among others, with its state-of-the-art facilities that have lured in major film productions, including blockbusters such as Dune, Blade Runner 2049, Die Hard, and many others.

Nestled in the outskirt of Budapest lies a cinematic treasure trove known as Origo Film Studios, the largest and most versatile movie studio complex in Hungary. Established 14 years ago, this renowned facility has played a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of Hungarian and international cinema. “We are the best because we were built in the so-called Hollywood style,” asserts Márta Fekszi, CEO of Origo Film Group, adding that the film complex is the second busiest film studio in Europe, right after the Pinewood studio in London.

Hungary has become a very attractive place for large international productions with the tax rebate law introduced in 2004. Today, productions are eligible for a 30% tax rebate, which is one of the most supportive in the industry. Filming in Hungary can reduce costs by up to 30-50% compared to filming in the UK, the US or Germany.

Márta Fekszi, CEO of Origo Film Group


“We want people that are spending time in the studio to feel comfortable. We want them to feel at home.” – Márta Fekszi, CEO of Origo Film Group

State-of-the-art production facilities

Origo Film Studios boasts an impressive array of facilities tailored to meet the demands of modern filmmaking. Its sound stages are among the largest in Europe, providing filmmakers with ample space to bring their visions to life. The stages offer unparalleled versatility, accommodating everything from intimate drama productions to large-scale action sequences. The Origo Film Group is comprised of 11 small companies, forming a full-service film complex, including comprehensive production services (with legal, pre-finance and taxation advisory services). “I can say with confidence that we are a one-stop-shop designed to cater to the specific needs and demands of each of our clients,” Fekszi points out. The studio complex is located 15 minutes away from the city center, and boasts several 700-4,400 square-meter facilities that are sound and echo proofed, ensuring no disruptions. It contains nine large soundstages, two smaller VFX/multimedia stages, a green screen stage, water tank and complete post-production services. The buildings are concrete, with thick sound-proof walls and bare floors for easy camera movement.

“We can also suspend heavy objects from the ceiling of our stage, such as tanks, helicopters, or planes. Additionally, we offer state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for filming that involves sizable pressure. We were able to handle eight tons of pressure for the production of Inferno,” she explains. The complex offers 4.5 acres of backlot, ample office space adjacent to the sets, easily accessible warehouses for storage of props, costumes and equipment, etc. The state-of-the-art equipment for post-production (like ARRIScan XT and DFT Scanity scanners, Isilon and Qumulo storages) can meet every client’s demands. “We are proud to offer post-production capabilities unlike any other. We are the only studio in the world that offers two competitive scanning machines, a scan and rescan, in one room,” says Fekszi. The complex offers the largest fleet in central and Eastern Europe, providing over 80 special film trailers, a special lighting warehouse, and catering.

Hub of creativity

Beyond its physical infrastructure, Origo Film Studios fosters a vibrant creative ecosystem. Its collaborative environment encourages artistic experimentation and innovation, fostering the development of groundbreaking cinematic works. The complex also serves as a vital incubator for Hungary’s burgeoning film industry, providing resources and support to local filmmakers.

Through initiatives such as workshops, mentorship programs, and production grants, the studio plays a pivotal role in nurturing homegrown talent. “We are committed to training and retaining top talent,” says Fekszi. “By bringing top talent to our facilities, we create opportunities for local professionals to work alongside some of the best in the industry,” the CEO explains.

Global impact

Origo Film Studios has made a significant impact on the global stage. From Oscar-winning dramas to blockbuster franchises, the studio’s diverse portfolio reflects its commitment to excellence. The studio partners with major local and international filming partners, such as Warner Studios, Legendary Entertainment, SONY Pictures, Netflix Studios, Amazon Studios, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Disney, and Twentieth Century Fox. The list of major productions made at Origo Studios is quite impressive. It includes blockbusters such as Poor Things (with 11 Academy Award nominations), Inferno, Moon Knight, The Alienist, etc.

Commitment to sustainability

What sets Origo Studios apart in the industry is their commitment to sustainability. “We are heating all our stages using recycling methods, which makes us a ‘green studio’,” Fekszi explains, stressing their commitment on lowering the carbon footprint. “In the next five years, we aim to change the original heating and air conditioning machines to self-supporting equipment that uses renewable energy.”

The complex has ponds, an inside small lake with fish and ducks, as well as e-charging stations for electric vehicles. “Our aim is to have a vivid and lively studio. We want people that are spending time in the studio to feel comfortable. We want them to feel at home,” the CEO underlines.

Embracing the future

As the film industry continues to evolve, Origo Film Studios remains at the forefront of innovation, adapting to new technologies and emerging trends. From comprehensive production techniques to immersive storytelling experiences, the studio embraces cutting-edge tools and techniques to stay ahead of the curve.