We are Moviebar. A leading full-service film production company in Central Europe.
Moviebar Productions is an award-winning full-service film production company based in Budapest and Los Angeles founded in 2004. In addition to producing high-profile commercials, we have gradually started developing our feature film and TV division, we’re now creating our own content as well. We enjoy treating each project individually, and believe in creating quality along with our experienced and passionate team of filmmakers.
Moviebar Productions was founded in 2004 by the two producers, Esther Turan and Viktoria Trepper. In 2013 they have created its Film and TV division.
ESTHER TURAN is a founding member of Moviebar. As an SZFE (University of Film and Theatre) graduate with a background in directing, Esther is deeply involved in the creative process of all Moviebar projects. Her production experience ranges from American and European feature films and TV series to major TVCs and worldwide campaigns. She recently directed her fourth feature documentary BP Underground - Rock. Esther splits her time between Moviebar’s Los Angeles and Budapest offices serving as a bridge between American and European filmmakers.
VIKTORIA TREPPER became a producer after receiving her master’s degree in Economics and working on service as well as local productions as a production manager for over a decade. Besides focusing on producing and developing large-scale international TVCs, recently she also worked as the service producer for various TV series and feature fims. As a founding member of Moviebar, her goal is to realise remarkable works of art, while ensuring that the production side runs smoothly.
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Motion Picture Act and Corporate Tax Act: Introduced by the Hungarian government in 2004, this act provides favourable conditions for shooting films on location in Hungary. This financial support system has two pillars: indirect state support (tax incentives for films and related projects) and direct state support (for local films or co-productions). Feature films, short films, documentaries, science, nature and animated films, TV movies and TV series are eligible for indirect state support. Feature films, animated films and documentaries (min. 70 minutes) are eligible for direct state support. Cost benefits: Foreign Producers can reduce their costs up to 37,5% of expenses incurred directly in Hungary. Eligible expenses include all payments contained in the budget that were paid to Hungarian and partially to non-Hungarian taxpayers.
|Hungarian Spend||Non-Hungarian Spend
(max. 25% of HUN)
|Basis of Tax Rebate
(max. 125% of HS)
1 USD = 295 Hungarian Forints
1 EUR = 360 Hungarian Forints
We produced feature films, music videos and television projects for all over the world.
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We produced feature films, music videos and television projects for all over the world.
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Many film professionals from all over the world are cooperating with Moviebar continuously including prominent, award winning directors and cinematographers.
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Nők Lapja is a weekly women’s magazine, stands for classic values, fine read and forward-thinking inspiration since 1949. Esther Turan got an invitation for an episode of their current podcast about Inspiring Women.
Listen to the podcast in Hungarian at: https://www.noklapja.hu/
Check this out for sweet memories of the 90s and also for provocative thoughts from our very own Esther Turan – director / producer.
HVG is one of the most popular, quality newspapers in Hungary.
Read this article in Hungarian at: https://hvg.hu/
Fantasia’s upcoming virtual edition, which will run August 20 – September 2, will kick off with the first showing of Neil Marshall’s horror The Reckoning. Set in 1665 against the backdrop of the Great Plague, Charlotte Kirk leads the cast of the movie about the witch hunts that followed the crisis.
Five Hungarian films have been selected for the program at the 15th South East Film Festival, which would have been held in Los Angeles in mid-May, but due to the epidemic, the festival will go online this year.
Interview with the founder of Moviebar and director of BP Underground.
Anna Koltay and Esther Turan won the first prize in the documentary category at the International Independent Film Awards in Los Angeles. Nadja Andrasev and her short animated film Sybiosis became the best animated short at one of the most innovative film festivals in the world, the South by South West Oscar qualifying film festival in Austin, Texas. For the first time in history, SXSW has been staged online.
Founder of Moviebar Productions, an award-winning full-service global film production company, Esther Turan is turning heads in Hollywood as a talented innovator in international filmmaking. Having produced 500 commercials and 30 feature film …
… for his fashion photography! Congratulations to him to this fantastic award!
It’s been an honor to work with him and his amazing team on this gorgeous project. The photos speak for themselves!
Eszter Turán is the founder of the film production company Moviebar Productions, with over 500 commercials, 30 feature films, TV projects and 3 self-directed documentaries, while commuting between the two continents (he recently opened his second headquarters in Los In Angeles) and raising a school boy …..
Esther Turan, the founder of Moviebar Productions, an award-winning full-service global film production company, has overcome adversity in Hollywood as a young international filmmaker. Having produced 500 commercials and 30 feature film and television productions, she is embarking on a mission to build a bridge between European and American filmmakers….
Marshall, whose films include The Descent and Dog Soldiers, also has set Leon Ockenden (Mr. Selfridge), Emma Campbell-Jones (Doctor Who), Callum Goulden (Ghost Stories), Suzanne Magowan (Samantha), Indianna Ryan (The A List), Mark Ryan (Transformers), Oliver Trevena (The Angel) and newcomer Sarah Lambie to join previously cast Bill Fellows, Emma Holzer, Rick Warden and Ian Whyte.
It’s no surprise that Esther Turan – born and raised in Budapest to a theater family – became a filmmaker. After graduating from the Hungarian Film Academy in 2004, she established Moviebar Productions, featuring an all-female crew…
Here we have an international anthology film that centres around myths, legends and folktales coming from 8 different countries around the world. In The Field Guide to Evil, each filmmaker brings on the screen one of the tales from their country, trying to explore its horror roots and psychological motif.
A Nocturnal Breath – The Field Guide to Evil
The reason why I approached the people at Legion M. (the distribution company behind this anthology) is that some of the segments in The Field Guide to Evil are directed by filmmakers I either love or am very intrigued by. In particular, I was very curious to watch the short stories by Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala (the duo behind my favourite horror film of 2014, Goodnight Mommy), Can Evrenol (Baskin and Housewife) and Katrin Gebbe (who directed the very disturbing drama Tore Tanzt).
Due to my notorious nit-picky habits and the flawed nature of horror anthologies, I went in expecting to find at least three decent segments. I would have been happy with just that!
However, I was positively shocked by the overall high quality of The Field Guide to Evil, easily one of the best anthologies I had the pleasure to witness in the past few years. The movie is set to have a limited theatrical release in the US from July 26 and is already available on VOD (from the 29th of March). Get ready!
In fact, this project had been backed up by solid studios around the world (among which Universal Studios clearly stands out), resulting in a high-quality viewing experience with mostly fantastic production values and visuals.
Continue reading and check my final grade below…
Congrats to everyone involved!
TrustNordisk has closed several deals on “Swoon,” the fantasy-romance pic written and directed by Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, the pair behind hit drama series “The Bridge” and “Midnight Sun” as well as “Underworld Awakening” and “Shelter” with Julianne Moore.
“Swoon” unfolds in an imaginary universe and follows the love story between Ninni and John, the young heirs of two rival families who own neighboring amusement parks.
TrustNordisk, which is hosting market screenings for the movie at the EFM, has sold it to Korea (Activers Entertainment), China (Turbo Films), Greece (Weird Wave), Russia CIS (Capella Film), Croatia and Ex-Yugoslavia (Kino Mediteran), Estonia (Estin Film) and Lithuania (Scanorama/Kino Aljausas).
The movie stars Pernilla August, Albin Grenholm, Frida Gustavsson and Robert Gustafson.
“Swoon” was produced by Kristina Aberg at Atmo Rights, whose credits include Tarik Saleh’s “The Nile Hilton Incident,” Erik Gandini’s “Videocracy” and Lisa Aschan’s “She Monkeys.” “Swoon” will be released in Scandinavia by Nordisk on Valentine’s Day. The film was backed by Nordisk Film & TV Fond and the Swedish Film Institute, among others.
TrustNordisk’s EFM slate also includes Hans Petter Moland’s “Out Stealing Horses,” which world-premiered in Berlin’s competition.
Esther Turan is a force to be reckoned with. She proves this time and again through her roles as a creative producer, director, and the founder of Moviebar Productions. When she’s not directing or producing, you can find her empowering and teaching other females in the industry who are inspired to become filmmakers, directors, or producers. We chatted with Esther about her experience making her directorial debut with BP Underground, the challenges that she faced starting her own film production company, and the ways she is helping to empower women in the industry.
“As founder and force behind Moviebar Productions, an award-winning full-service global film production company, powerhouse director and producer, Esther Turan, has her hands in virtually every aspect of moviemaking in Hollywood. She discusses her current projects and how she is also creating opportunities for women in Hollywood with TomGirl host, J.J. Jurgens.”
many thanks for TomGirl
Video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv-qHOXwZec
It is our pleasure to announce that we just finished our latest collaboration on a worldwide Pantene campaign with Hey Baby Films LA. The commercial shoot and a photoshoot took place in the middle of Budapest in an impressive Parisian style villa.
The followings contributed to the project:
Director: Philip R. Lopez
DP: Yorick Le Saux
Photographer: Benjamin Lennox
Client: Procter & Gamble
Agency: Townhouse / Production Unit of Grey Production
Company: Hey Baby
Still high from the #highlightsofhungary #awards. It’s pretty amazing that our documentary #bpunderground ended up not only among the most creative projects of our country from 2018 but actually we got 2nd place. What the Highlights of Hungary represent is exemplary. It is also draws attention to important, good bussinesses, creative initiatives and people. Represents cooperation, which is a very good example for Hungary. Special thanks to Tibor Remete Szabina Turcsányi Varga Judit Gaspar Bonta. Thank you everyone who ever believed in us!
Check it out the Good Morning La La Land interview! This is about Esther’s career as a director and as a producer transforming the works in Los Angeles and managing the company in Budapest in the same time
Swoon unfolds in an imaginary universe and follows the impossible love story between Ninni and John, the young heirs of two rivaling families who own neighboring amusement parks.
Feature film Swoon will premier next year and Magnolia Agency has a super team on set. First Assistant Director James Velasquez, Costume Designer Margrét Einarsdóttir, Sarah Mae White as Assistant Costume Designer and Sanna Nyström as Costume Assistant.Production Designer Betsy Ångerman (Sweden), Art Director Sara Wiklund (Sweden), Prop Master Sara Sjögren (Sweden) and from Makeup Dep Therese Sandersson as Key Makeup Artist.
After “Tales from the Hood 2”, a second disappointing horror anthology made its presence felt at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival. “The Field Guide of Evil” made its Canadian premiere and unfortunately won’t be a classic to remember.
Anthology horror films are risky endeavours. Sure, on paper they always sound great – what’s not to love about getting a host of genre titans together and letting them do whatever the fuck they want? – but in execution, they almost always turn out to be mixed bags. Some sections work, some don’t, and the wraparound theme for the shorts has a tendency to feel tired and ham-fisted.
Among my most anticipated films at the SXSW Conference was The Field Guide to Evil. The film festival section of SXSW tends to boast stellar horror in their Midnighters slate.
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Horror anthologies that try to do something different within the genre are a rare breed. While there are certainly some that stand out above the rest, it’s a short list indeed. That’s why The Field Guide to Evil may be something of serious interest to those who love getting horror in short bursts but still want a full cinematic experience.
Koltay Anna és Turán Eszter körülbelül három évvel ezelőtt egy koncert kellős közepén kezdett el ötletelni egy zenei szubkultúrákból álló sorozatról. Mindkettőjük fejében ott motoszkált régóta egy álom formájában, de a megvalósítás még váratott magára, egészen a szerencsés találkozásig. Végül megszületett a BP Underground, azóta pedig túl vannak két sikeres részen.
Dokumentumfilmmel tisztelegnek a hip-hop előtt. Szó esik a kezdetről, a műfaj virágzásáról és arról is, hogy hol tart most. Itt a BP Underground dokumentumfilm-sorozat második része.
A budapesti underground szubkultúrákat bemutató BP Underground dokumentumfilm-sorozat új részének témája a hiphop, a breaktánctól a YouTube-korszakig, az Animal Cannibalstől a Punnany Massifig.
Hungary, which has hosted numerous Hollywood blockbuster shoots and ranks as Europe’s second most popular filming destination after Britain, has raised its production incentive from 25% to 30%. Hollywood movies filming in the country include the sixth installment of the “Terminator” franchise, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Will Smith’s thriller “Gemini Man,” directed by Ang Lee. source: Variety
source (Hungarian): index.hu
This is a golden age for the horror anthology, and perhaps no single entity has been more responsible for the recent explosion more than the producing team of Ant Timpson and Tim League.
It’s a wrap of Peter Strickland’s UK-Hungary co-production segment of the anthology film “A Field Guide to Evil”.
Interview with Anna Koltay and Esther Turan – the directors of the BP Underground documentary.
source (Hungarian): rockstation.blog.hu
Writer/Director Balazs Juszt’s exciting thriller The Man Who Was Thursday has been selected for the Edinburgh Film Festival and will receive its World Premiere in June.
This time, three commercials were made for City Gross, in which they wrote a new version of Grimm stories – Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and the Red Riding Hood got a new finish. The campaign photos were made by Krisztina Éder.
source (Hungarian): kreativ.hu
A top-of-the-line list of upscale bands is featured with the music video made for 5FORLOVE – Rights for Love campaign – by Esther Turan and Miki357.
source (Hungarian): divany.hu
On Thursday and Friday, the first Hungarian music video contest, the Hungarian Klipszemle was held in Toldi. The call came with 872 entries, of which the best 165 were chosen and a marathon two-day screening was held in the cinema.
source (Hungarian): kreativ.hu
We talked with Producer Esther Turan about Márk Lakatos’s new, mass-casting video.
source (Hungarian): glamour.hu
Picturesque Films has started production on writer-director Balazs Juszt’s debut film, which will shoot in Budapest and Rome.