Founder and Managing Director of the BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY, Jeno Hodi, is an American-Hungarian, multiple award-winning director, writer and producer. He studied at one of the most renowned universities in the US, Columbia University, earning his Master’s Film Degree in classes taught by Milos Forman, Brian De Palma, John Avildsen and Dusan Makavejev. He was the first student in Columbia University’s history to write, direct and produce a 35mm feature length film while studying in its graduate film program.


Throughout his career, Jeno’s role as a filmmaker has extended into all areas of production. Apart from selling nearly twenty screenplays, he has directed and produced several feature films, a variety of commercials, television pilots, and stage plays.


As a filmmaker, he is proud of the fact that most actors he has worked with consider him an “actor’s director.” He has had years of training with some of the world’s finest acting teachers, including Milton Katselas and Stella Adler. He is also a member of the writers/directors unit of Actor’s Studio.

Jeno Hodi
Jeno Hodi

For his last movie, he received two Best Director Awards in Spain and in Italy. His writing and directing credits include the following feature films: ‘Metamorphosis’, ‘Black Sea Raid’, ‘Triplecross’, ‘American Kickboxer 2’, ‘Guns and Lipstick’, ‘Deadly Obsession’ and ‘Fatal Choice’. In addition to these films, his writing credits include: ‘Impact’, ‘Threat of Exposure’ and ‘Armstrong’.


In 2010, upon his return to Hungary, Jeno established the BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY. This film school joined forces with EÖTVÖS LORÁND UNIVERSITY, Department of Film Studies and gives a comprehensive and practical training of the film profession. The main courses are: directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and creative producing.

It was the first time in the history of film studies that a cutting edge, well established US University chose a Hungarian film school to teach its study abroad program. Since 2016 the Los Angeles based LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY brings US students for a semester to the BUDAPEST FILM ACADEMY. Through the collaboration not only students arrive, but a US screenwriting teacher comes to Budapest as well and teaches writing at the academy.


In 2020 Jeno wrote, directed and produced a half an hour short film, ‘Legacy’. This film has currently 17 festival wins, 8 honorable mentions, 10 nominations, got into the final competition twice, once it was semi-finalist, and 10 times has been officially selected.


In 2020 Jeno received a Life Achievement Award from the Global Film Festival, India.


As a producer, or executive producer he worked on over two dozen films. These movies have several festival wins.

Jeno Hodi


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