Creative Producer, Journalist, Audience Developer
Dimitra Kouzi is a creative producer, journalist and audience developer; she holds an MA in Communication Studies from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich; she has also studied Photography with Platon Rivellis. She is a graduate of the German School of Athens and member of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA). In 2015, she completed her studies in EURODOC, becoming a Graduate European Producer. Fluent in Greek, German, and English.
Since 1996, she has worked as a journalist, correspondent and presenter in the Greek and international press, television (2001-2013) and radio for ERT, ZDF (she co-presented the 2004 Olympic Games opening ceremony directly from the Olympic Stadium of Athens for the German channel ZDF ), breaking news for N24, Deutsche Welle, and ARTE. In August 2013, she was the ). Host and co-author of ARTE's 24-hour Greek Theme Day, airing 17 documentaries, most commissioned, revealing the real Greece beyond headlines and news. (Arte Greek Day ) She has been documentary commissioner for ERT Digital, selecting and handpicking 1500 hours of documentaries per year (2007-2009). During that time as Head of Acquisitions at ERT’s digital Channels she has been ERT’s representative at of ARTE’s monthly Programme Conference in Strasburg.
Since 2006, she has organized specialized Media Training seminars for television and documentary (Volkshochschule Deutsche Schule Athen), and since 2007 she has organized and produced and moderated documentary specials always accompanied by public debates. She co-organised Documentary Days in the Cyclades islands (Media del Arte) and Political Kino with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung at the Greek Film Archive (2015 to date). In 2009, she was a founding member, and until 2016 co-organized, CineDoc documentary festival, which promotes international and Greek documentaries throughout Greece all year round, with the support of the French Institute, the Goethe Institute and several embassies. Since 2012, she publishes a blog in English on documentaries and storytelling.
In 2015, she founded Kouzi Productions to establish a framework for the development of international collaborations in creative documentary production, coaching, audience development, in collaboration with producers, directors, festivals and distribution companies around the world. She collaborates with international documentary film festivals (idfa, idfa kids, Prix Europa, Vision du Reel, Institute of Documentary Film Prague, KineDok, Doxs!) and education organisations (Balkan Documentary Center).
In 2016, her company, Kouzi Productions, inaugurated KinderDocs, a groundbreaking educational documentary festival for children and young audiences, in cooperation with the Benaki Museum in Athens and the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki. KinderDocs is organised with the support of idfa, the world’s largest documentary film festival, and doxs!, the oldest and most important German festival for documentaries for children and young audience. KinderDocs is slated to launch its second edition (October 2017 – April 2018), always in the same venues and with the same partners. www.kinderdocs.com
In spring 2017, Dimitra Kouzi wrote, directed and produced her first documentary The Celebration (w.t.) focusing on an Elementary School in Athens down town and the work of a teacher preparing the children’s end-of-school-year theatre event to mark their elementary school graduation. The film is currently in production. Kouzi Productions has undertaken producer services, like line producing or executive producing of several international films such as ‘Geschenk der Götter’ (Oliver Haffner, produced by if... Productions, line producer, Greece), Golden Dawn Girls (Håvard Bustnes, produced by Faction Films, http://www.factionfilm.no) and People Gods and Other Creatures, dir. Svetlana Strelnikova – a co-production with Hamburg-based production company Doppelplusultra. Dimitra Kouzi and her company designed and implemented Audience Development for the films (selection):
La Chana, idfa audience award 2016,
Nowhere to Hide, best feature length documentary idfa 2016
21 X New York, EFA 2016 nominated Best Documentary
Communion, EFA 2017 Best Documentary Selection.
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