The Fund is a public institution governed by Hungarian law and its activities are regulated according to the Motion Picture Act (II) of 2004.
The Fund operates through its departments, covering the diverse functions of the Fund, including the funding system, Mafilm Studio, Filmlab, Film Archive, Training and Innovation departments.
The Fund provides financial and professional support for script development, pre-production and production of full length (at least 70 min.) feature films, documentaries and animated movies for theatrical release. Distributors can apply for non-refundable marketing support for Hungarian releases of films supported by the Fund.
Diploma films are also supported, by providing financial and in-kind support to universities specialized in film studies.
The Fund functions through a continuous application system. A Film Board, consisting of five Hungarian film professionals makes decisions for support.
Besides providing financial support, the Fund also offers creative cooperation, professional expertise and international industry contacts for new Hungarian film productions.
The Fund’s Incubator Program was launched in 2015 and offers low-budget production funding as well as continuous professional help for directors who wish to make their debut feature films.
In 2017 the Fund’s Training and Innovation Department introduced the Fast Forward Program, an innovative series of free, practice-oriented workshops and open lectures to help junior industry professionals and film students keep up with demand.
The trainings are led by high-profile professionals who provide up-to-date and realistic insight into the industry as well as an informal networking opportunity.
The International Department, including HNFF World Sales, handles festival and sales activity for Hungarian films. The representation of Eurimages operates under the umbrella of the Fund.
The financing for the Fund is automatically derived from the tax revenue earned by the no.6 National Lottery.
The Fund’s estimated budget for grants for 2019 is EUR 31,5 million.