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“Vajna defined what would become known as the ‘big action picture’. He really has a wide range of talent and ability.”

Tim Warner, general chairman of film company NATO / ShoWest

“I fell in love in love with Andy the moment I met him, because for once I’d met a Hungarian in Hollywood who was not only more successful than I was, but also crazier.”

Joe Eszterhas

“You can’t make an actor act. You have got to create an atmosphere he wants to perform. It can be hell.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“He’s one of the few people around with the balls to play with his own money. His word carries a lot of weight. He’s personally out on the line. It’s always given me a lot of respect for him. Andy is always involved. He’s your partner or your boss, but he offers guidance as opposed to instructions… He approaches business in a sort of family style. He keeps the same friends for 30 years, and that’s kind of remarkable.”

John McTiernan, director of Medicine Man and Die Hard With a Vengeance

“When Andy gives you his word, you know it’s good. And no matter how tough the going gets, you can count on him. He’s got nerves of steel.”

Joe Roth, chairman, Walt Disney Motion Picture Group

“Andy doesn’t compare to anybody else in this business. Andy is unique, he’s independent; he’s a rare blend of entrepreneur and film maker. He puts his money on the line time and time again, and he’s won as big as anyone in this town. You’ve got to admire somebody like that.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dream Works SKG Partner

“He’s got great respect for the director and courage to do projects that aren’t so easy… He won’t let you down; you can trust him.”

Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall

“We’re glad to be a part of your lifetime.”

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore to Andy when he received NATO/ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995

“The profession is never boring. I have found the interesting things in everything I have ever done. So none of my occupations ever seemed like work.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“Working with Andy was the best experience of my career and he makes the world’s greatest bouillabaisse.”

Steven de Souza, screenwriter Judge Dredd

“I decided to learn something that I could do no matter where I lived – I became a hairdresser. I chose hairdressing because it is a useful skill and one that I could always go back to. Knowing this gave me great security and the freedom to explore other avenues.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“When you work with Andy, the buck stops with him. I don’t deal with anybody else. It becomes very much Andy’s movie, one singer, one song.”

Danny Cannon, director of Judge Dread

The film industry is making profit for Hungary


HUF 1000 tax refund support given for any film production in Hungary generates HUF 1248 tax revenue for the national budget, so the film industry is clearly making profit for Hungary  – said Andy Vajna film industry commissioner on 7 February at the Hungarian Film Fund press conference, based on a research which was conducted by Orientax and Candole Partners.

The commissioner highlighted: the motion picture industry stands out for being the only field to be making profit for Hungary out of all areas which may be supported by the corporate tax (TAO) refunds. (Films produced in Hungary are eligible for a 25% rebate based on their expenditure emerged in the country.)

Since 2004, the total amount of direct film production cost in Hungary has increased more than 20-fold to HUF 65 billion in 2016 and it is expected that this figure could reach HUF 100 billion in 2017. The support system also contributes to creating jobs in the film industry, the number of the Hungarian film industry employees is close to 10,000 people.

Vajna also highlighted the importance of enticing and attracting the Hollywood actors to Hungary. The presence of Hollywood stars is a great PR opportunity for Hungary and it generates significant awareness for the country. Due to movie shooting in the past few years, many celebrities appeared in Hungary, like Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, for instance Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling actor duo shooted the second episode of the Blade Runner here. In 2016, Budapest was the second became important European film production location after London.

Based on a research, presented at the press conference, Hungary’s film industry is the most competitive among the examined 11 countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Romania). Following Hungary, Ireland and the Czech Republic have earned the second and the third place on the list. Hungary has a significant competitive advantage, because of the efficient tax rebate and the developed film industry infrastructure.

February 2017