The short won the “Best Directing” award at the International Cell
Phone Cinema Showcase in Cannes, France, and also received the “Jury’s Special Mention” at the Artisan Festival International Peace Initiative Cannes in 2022.
The movie’s world premiere took place in conjunction with the Marché du Film – the business counterpart of the 75th Cannes Film Festival – one of the largest film markets in the world.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – Hungarian-American writer, director, and producer, Klaudia Kovács’ short film, BROWN PAPER BAG, is an official selection for the California International Children’s Film Festival (CICFF) presented on April 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA.
The CICFF provides a showcase platform for entertaining, educational, and inspiring children-based projects from around the world. It focuses on bringing together talented filmmakers of all ages that want to share their diverse and compelling stories about and/or by children. They curate and present the best independent and international cinema projects so their audiences and filmmakers will have a delightful screening experience.
The family-friendly, 3-minute film, BROWN PAPER BAG, is about an endearing, elderly California man who finds that cream rises to the top. The most frequently used adjectives by IMDb reviewers are: “joyous, sweet, heartwarming, and charming.”
While show business came to a standstill in the midst of Covid restrictions, filmmaker, Klaudia Kovács, wanted to continue working. She literally took matters into her own hands and made her “pandemic project” with her iPhone.
After having garnered 37 awards and accolades, BROWN PAPER BAG, her first short film, was brought to life with a minimum budget, cast, and crew.
Kovács is not the only one who has shot a film on a cell phone. So have Steven Soderbergh, Sean Baker, and Malik Bendjelloul.
Kovács, a previous Oscar contender in the “Best Documentary” category, is known for her multi-award-winning, feature-length Cold War non-fiction film, TORN FROM THE FLAG. She shot the movie with two of “the greatest [late] cinematographers of all time,” Academy Award winner, Vilmos Zsigmond, and ASC Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Laszlo Kovacs.
Since BROWN PAPER BAG’s success at Cannes 10 months ago, it has been
selected by five festivals and two markets. Currently, there is strong distribution interest in Kovács’ films, domestically and abroad.
BROWN PAPER BAG will be presented as part of CICFF’s “Block 2.” Tickets are available at: http://calchildrensfest.com/Tickets.html
For interview opportunities with Ms. Kovács:
MAIN CREDITS – BROWN PAPER BAG:
Writer, Director, Producer: Klaudia Kovács
Man: John William Young
Editor: Paulina Lagudi
Music Performed and Composed by: Bradley L. Read, Robert Mai
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