Dimitra Kouzi is an independent journalist, a documentary filmmaker/producer and a documentary coach. She lives in Athens, Greece, and works Europe-wide, in documentary consulting, training, and guidance, designing communication strategies and audience development. She is an expert in impact and outreach.
She holds a Bachelor and Master's degree in communication and media from the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany, and studied photography in Athens. In 2015 she was selected for Eurodoc, a European year-long program for documentary producers.
For 20 years, she has worked as a journalist for magazines and the public television and radio in Greece (ERT) and Germany. For the public television ZDF she co-presented the Athens 2004 Olympic Games opening ceremony. As a commissioner for ERT Digital selecting the documentary program (1500 hours per year) for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation’s digital channels and representing ERT at ARTE’s monthly programming meeting in Strasburg. She was the anchor for the 24-hour Greek Day, featuring 17 documentaries revealing Greece during the crisis beyond headlines, bias, and fake news (ARTE 2011–August 2013).
In 2015 she founded her own company Kouzi Productions and graduated from EURODOC. She has been collaborating with festivals and distributors, including IDFA, Prix Europa, Vision du Reel, Institute of Documentary Film Prague, KineDok.
She works as a coach and trainer and runs audience development campaigns for European documentaries (selection IDFA Audience Award 2016, IDFA Best Feature-length Documentary 2016, European Film Academy Award 2017 for Best Documentary, IDFA Best Feature-length Documentary 2020).
She is a tutor for audience development at the Rough Cut Boutique and the Balkan Documentary Center.
In 2016, she founded KinderDocs, an international festival featuring documentary screenings, events and educational programs for children and young people in Greece in collaboration with two contemporary Art Museums (Benaki Museum, Athens, and Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki) and Italy (Festival dei Popoli), in collaboration with two major European documentary festivals: IDFA (Netherlands) and Doxs! (Germany).
She currently finished three documentaries:
Good Morning Mr Fotis, Greece, 2020, 70 min (director/producer) official Selection at the Thessaloniki International Documentary Festival, winner of the Youth Jury best film award, Nominated for the Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2021
Deutsche und Griechen, Liebe mit Hindernissen, Germany 2019, 52' ARTE/NDR (co-author)
passage to Europe, Greece 2020, 48 min (director/producer)
She is fluent in Greek, German and English.