Hungary has a historical presence in the world of Animation. Starting with George Pal’s successes in the interwar era, followed by the rise of the national Pannónia Film Studio strarting in the 50’s, and the world success of Jankovics Marcell’s animated feature films in the 80’s. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the genie was out of the bottle, and Studio Varga has made success to introduce a huge team of talents to the international market. Even when the economic crises has caused severe drawbacks to filmmaking, animation, and related industries like post-production, or video game productions had a chance to develop in the heart of Hungary, the city of Budapest.
The heritage of our predecessors in animated filmmaking played a huge role to make this possible. They have not only established education for the young talent, but have formed a unique and vivid culture for the local animation society. It is has always been an attractive scene, that inspires all sorts of talents to want to be part of. Having such a massive tradition of creative industries, and in the other hand, having world class tech universities, not to exclude an almost bilangual young generation, no wonder that in recent years, the startup scene has boomed in Budapest.
In October 2014, global news channels reported on the hungarian protests against the government plans to tax internet connections. A great example, of how tech savvy this small nation is. A handful of tech companies have made a great use of this fertile soil, making it even more enriched with possibilities. Budapest has become a diverse economic and cultural scene, witnessing an exciting transition of underground culture and business going mainstream.