We love seeing creative minds apply themselves to the cityscape of Budapest, because there is just so much possibility here. It is a city that constantly re-invents itself, yet somehow stays true to its own unique spirit. This is why the pictures released by the 2024 Budapest Olympic Bid committee were so thrilling. They have taken historic and iconic sites from around Budapest and recontextualized them to show how adaptable the city is, in this case for venues that would host the 2024 summer games.
For the first time in recent history, Budapest is considered to be one of the main contenders for the honor of hosting the games, along with more obvious choices like Paris, Los Angeles, and Rome (with Hamburg recently dropping their bid). The winner will be announced at the IOC's September 2017 conference in Lima, Peru. That’s not so far away, and when it comes to Olympic planning, neither is 2024.
It should be stated that while the team behind the bid are optimistic, Budapest is considered the underdog. Paris, though having already hosted two Olympics, is a sentimental favorite, having rebounded from last year’s terrorist attacks, though smart money is on LA, as the summer games have not been in LA in almost 30 years and the city already has much of the necessary infrastructure in place. One advantage Budapest may have is that the Olympic committee is stressing sustainability this time around. As it is a compact, cozy city, all the venues would be not far from each other, cutting down on transportation needs.
It is true that much infrastructure would have to be built in Budapest to make the games viable, but the photos reveal that the games would also benefit from a classical setting, one that cleans up and adapts itself so well to each new incarnation. No matter what decision is taken, there is no doubt that we have gamily thrown our hat into the ring and will be take seriously as a global venue for entertainment that extends past film.
Flatpack Films is based in Budapest, Hungary. We are a film company that offers an inspiring and professional work atmosphere for our local and international clients. Since our inception, our focus has been providing the best of the best in terms of local production resources, locations, cast, and technical teams to ensure that whatever the production we facilitate, we do to highest standard possible.