First and foremost NATPE Budapest is a business marketplace where content buyers and sellers engage. This year NATPE has rebranded itself to a new international outlook by renaming and rebranding itself to NATPE Budapest International, in order to reflect the global TV market and extend its wings beyond Central and Eastern Europe to worldwide content business and EMEA. It will take place in the Intercontinental hotel from 25th to 28th June 2018. With this year’s pitch and play event having a significantly reduced registration fee we definitely look forward to more diverse creative content and ideas.


Since its establishment in 1963, we have seen many in attendance including:


Technology companies

Media buyers

Broadcast and cable networks


Program distribution companies

Channels looking to acquire programming

NATPE Budapest will include the following events that will be taking place, studio screening, business-oriented conference sessions and content marketplace.

This year’s schedule looks quite busy:

Monday 25th June 2018

1:00pm to 6:00pm Registration at the lower level meeting area.

8:00am to 5:00pm Warner Bros screening at the Puskin theatre.

4:30pm to 5:45pm Session of the global content business forum at panorama.

Tuesday 26th June 2018

8:00am to 5:30pm Registration at the lower level meeting area.

8:30am to 1:00pm CBS screening at Puskin cinema.

9:00am to 10:00am Session of International Drama Production at panorama.

10:00am to 6:00pm Market opens

12:00pm to 1:30pm session of the MENA Luncheon at Panorama .

1:00pm to 6:00pm NBC screening at Puskin theatre.

5:00pm to 6:00pm A world of unscripted formats in Insights and strategies for distribution at Panorama.

6:00pm to 8:00pm 0pening party at Corso restaurant.

Wednesday June 27th 2018

8:00am to 5:30pm Registration at the lower level meeting area.

9:00am to 10:00pm All the world’s a stream at the Panorama.

9:00am to 6:00pm Market opens.

12:00pm to 1:30pm Latin American content at Panorama.

12:00pm to 1:30pm KOCCA screening and luncheon on discovering Korean content and this is by invite only at Panorama.

4:00pm to 5:30pm Pitch and play live at Panorama.

7:00pm to 10:00pm NATPE Budapest party.

Thursday 28th June 2018

9:00am to 12:00pm Registration at the lower level meeting area.

9:00am to 4:00pm Market opens.


Pitch and Play Live

Well, like I stated earlier this year the registration fee at pitch and play has significantly dropped to 100 Euro and on top of this they get one full registration for the NATPE Budapest International thus providing complete access to the conference and marketplace

The goal of pitch and play live is to recognize original ideas with international potential. After all the entries have been submitted only ten titles will be selected and reviewed by an international committee of global content industry professionals. Out of the ten that will be selected the committee will then select three finalists who will be presented at a session by their creators in front of the jury who are highly respected TV professionals during the NATPE Budapest International. Then the jury will name one format the winner of the press and play live 2018. The winner will receive registration, a 2-night accommodation in a hotel for NATPE Miami 2019 and development meetings with leading distributors at the event.


Mainly NATPE connect is an online platform that serves all NATPE Budapest attendees and allows them to set up a meeting even before the market. NATPE connect will be open to attendees on 23 April and they can set up the meetings but a meeting is only be scheduled when both attendees confirm or show interest in the meeting. The buyers or producers can also register online if they are not yet registered.

Basically, NATPE Budapest brings the buyers to you, with over a hundred and fifty established and new buyers from different parts of the world like Hollywood, Middle East, China UK, Latin America and Southeast Asia. NATPE Budapest is also the most affordable market in the region and this is why all buyers and sellers make their way there every year. With an emphasis on regional and local content NATPE Budapest gives a good exchange forum for amazing ideas on a global stage and have many opportunities at the market to experience the local regions distribution, creative and production communities.



There will be a variety of exhibit options where they offer two meeting areas depending on what your organization is comfortable with. They have the active meeting area and a more private setting, NATPE Budapest meets all your meeting’s needs. They also offer the most cost-effective exhibit packages to meet a client’s needs and budget.

The NATPE Budapest International marketplace screening and the conference is best suitable for studio and international distributors, television production companies or an independent content creator. It is the best forum because of its right in the heart of CEE a region full of pay TV, TV stations, local, regional thematic channels. Therefore providing an appropriate market for both buyers and exhibitors. In addition to that, you get to make new friends, discover new talents and get new ideas. 

Finally, this year’s NATPE Budapest International is the place to be for those looking to sell and buy for those looking to invest and expound on ideas. It will be a beehive of activities at NATPE Budapest international especially now that it has opened borders to the international market and reduced the fees. Trust me all the large and small scale buyers and exhibitors will make their way to the most amazing cost friendly market across the globe. And the most exciting thing everyone will make friends perhaps business contacts that can yield more business deals then and in the future without having middlemen or conferences so this is a big catch. For those looking for all of the above can make their way to the most coveted market of all time the NATPE Budapest International.

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