Born in 1985 in then-Yugoslavia as a Hungarian minority, István Kovács spent most of his youth in the Southern Hungarian town of Szeged. He got enrolled at the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2011, where received his Director BA degree in the class of János Szász. ‘The Sound of Concrete’ was his graduation
film. In 2018 he finished his master degree in directing in Ildikó Enyedi’s class. His graduation movie A SIEGE has won many prizes including the Student Academy Award.