Hungary’s historical NFI Studios are expanding in order to meet the growing demand from international film and TV producers to shoot in the central European country.
Backed by the National Film Institute (NFI), the studio’s capacity is increasing to 136,000 square feet, serving both international and domestic productions, while creating hundreds of new jobs.
Four new 27,000 square foot soundstages will be built, increasing total studio capacity with the ability to use the studios in pairs of 53,000 square foot soundstages. These can be separated by a mobile 15m high soundproofed wall.
Ildikó Kovács, head of NFI Studios says: “The expansion is allowing NFI Studios to attract and host large-scale productions while still providing world-class facilities for high-end TV and film projects.
“The new soundstages are designed to be flexible enough to accommodate a variety of productions and are in proximity to the backlot sets and support facilities such as on-site set construction services, SFX, and transportation.”
The NFI Studios complex is situated on a 23- hectare plot in Fót on the outskirts of the Hungarian capital, a 30-minute drive from Liszt Ferenc Airport, 15 minutes from the city centre.
It has provided the back drop for all kinds of locations from medieval European towns to the US Wild West, 19th-century city centres and the American suburbs.
The facility also offers a wide range of sets and props, more than 100,000 items of wardrobe and accessories from almost all historical periods. Of particular note is the NFI armoury which has a vast catalogue of weapons spanning the Middle Ages to the 1960s, including one of the largest inventories of First World War and Second World War machine guns and revolvers in central Europe.
The armory has specialized weapons for international productions, licensing for international weapons, and can manage export and import transactions.
NFI Studios also offers continental Europe’s largest outdoor water tank, measuring 47m x 39m at a depth of 2m with an inner tank 20m x 15m at a depth of 5.5m. It was specifically designed for large and deep sets, and has been used by films such as Warner Bros’ Blade Runner 2049 and Paramount’s Terminator: Dark Fate and TV series including See-Saw Films’ The North Water.
For the past year, Robert Lantos’ Canada-based Serendipity Point Films has been shooting the 10-part medieval epic Rise Of The Raven at the studios.
“I have been an eyewitness to the massive expansion, development and modernisation of the studio,” said Lantos. “I hope to have the opportunity to work here yet again.”