Media Council to support special film festival

Published: 20 July 2017

The Media Council of the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) offers half a million forints in support to the Grand Prize winners of the Hungarian Special Independent Film Festival. At its last meeting, the Council also considered requests from media service providers and decided on the preliminary age rating of six films to be shown on TV and the name change of a radio in Gyula.

Half a million forints in support for the Hungarian Special Motion Picture Foundation’s Film Festival

The Council supports the Hungarian Special Independent Film Festival by offering half a million forints to the Grand Prize winner of the Festival. This is the third time the Hungarian Special Motion Picture Association holds this event, open for submission for films made by filmmakers with intellectual disabilities and autism and people working in the social field as well as works depicting the life of people with disabilities. The Film Festival will be held on 26-27 October in Budapest and the deadline for submission is 17 September.

Decisions on preliminary age ratings

AMC Networks Central Europe Kft. requested Media Council to confirm the age ratings of six films. Pursuant to the Media Act, television channels and radio stations are required to set age ratings for their shows themselves, but service providers may request the preliminary position of the Council about specific content as wrong and unlawful age-rating practices could result in sanctions. According to the service provider, St. Trinian’s, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, The Russia House and Iron Monkey should get a Class III rating, i.e. recommended for viewers aged 12 and above, while Rampart and Victim of Desire should receive a Class IV rating, i.e. recommended for viewers aged 16 and above. The Council took a different decision only in one instance: the action/comedy Kung Pow got a higher rating, meaning that it will have to feature an age rating of 16 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Radio decisions

Mega Rádió Gyula will now be called Gyula Rádió after Telekom Békés Kft’s request for name change was approved by the Media Council.

Following the formal examination of the tender submitted for the 93.1 MHz local radio frequency in Dunaújváros, the Media Council called on the tenderer, Crossborder Film Kft., to remedy the deficiencies.