Dimitra Kouzi holds an Master in Communication Studies from Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (Magister 1995); she has also studied Photography in Athens with Platon Rivellis -Photo Circle (2001-2002). She is a member of the Journalists’ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA). In 2015, she completed her studies in EURODOC, becoming a Graduate European Producer (EURODOC is a training programme designed for European documentary producers, a network with nearly 1 000 documentary professionals from 59 countries worldwide). She writes and talks fluent in Greek, German, and English in that order.
Since 1996, she has worked as a journalist, correspondent and presenter:
a) in the Greek press, television and radio for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT 2001-2013)
b) Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen ZDF (she co-presented the 2004 Olympic Games opening ceremony directly from the Olympic Stadium of Athens– nominated for the German Bambi television award for best live event of the year)
c) N24 (News channel Germany)
d) Deutsche Welle and
e) ARTE (the public Franco-German TV network that promotes programming in the areas of culture and the arts).
Since 2006, she has organized specialized Media Training seminars for television and documentary (Volkshochschule Deutsche Schule Athen). As from 2012, she publishes a blog in English on documentaries and storytelling (kouziproductions.com).
In August 2013, she was the host and co-author of ARTE's 24-hour Greek Day, airing 17 documentaries, (mostly commissioned), on “Greece-beyond-headlines and news”. 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, she has been ERT’s representative at of ARTE’s monthly Programme Conference in Strasburg, France.
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). Same with Political Kino in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung at the Greek Film Archive (2015 to date). In 2009-16 period, she was a founding member, co-organized, CineDoc screenings, events and distribution, which promotes international and Greek documentaries throughout Greece (with the support of the French Institute, the Goethe Institute and several embassies). She was a founding member of Moving Docs, a selection of European documentaries crossing borders and reaching new audiences all over Europe (2015) (supported by Creative Europe).
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 is collaborating 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).
Kouzi Production designed and implemented Outreach and Audience Development for the films (A selection):
- La Chana, IDFA audience award, 2016
- Nowhere to Hide, best feature-length documentary IDFA, 2016
- 21 X New York, EFA (European Film Award) nominated Best Documentary, 2016
- Communion, Winner EFA Best Documentary, 2107
KinderDocs for young audiences
In 2016, Kouzi Productions inaugurated KinderDocs, a groundbreaking educational international 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, world’s largest documentary film festival, and doxs!, (the oldest and most important German festival for documentaries for children and young audience).
Now in its second edition (October 2017 – April 2018), KinderDocs is a platform for public dialogue and social change, using creative documentary films dealing with current issues facing society and family as opportunities for dialogue and engagement in a country like Greece with unfortunately luck of such opportunities. To date, 8,000 pupils from 130 schools in Athens, Thessaloniki and Delphi have participated in KinderDocs programmes. The aim is to expand public dialogue and engagement as well as to provide problem-solving educational tools, especially useful for teachers. www.kinderdocs.com
Kouzi Productions has been providing services, like line producing, outreach, creative consultant, or executive producing of several international films:
- ‘Geschenk der Götter’ (Fiction, directed by Oliver Haffner),
- Golden Dawn Girls (directed by Håvard Bustnes, produced by Faction Films) and
- People Gods and Other Creatures, (dir. Svetlana Strelnikova – a co-production with Hamburg-based Doppelplusultra).
● In spring 2017, Dimitra Kouzi wrote, directed, and produced her first documentary, 54 (w.t.), focusing on a teacher working at a multinational elementary school in inner-city Athens, where he is preparing a team of pupils for the end-of-year show. In an underprivileged neighbourhood, this teacher finds the way to be creative and unconventional, alongside with his pupils, using drama and art in teaching and team-building. Following the show rehearsals and daily class, full of humour and positive energy, provides insights into Greek society at this watershed moment. The film is in production, slated for release late 2018.
● Dimitra Kouzi is the co-author of a history documentary commissioned by ARTE on the love-hate relationship between Germans and Greeks titled DEUTSCHE UND GRIECHEN Liebe mit Hindernissen (research & production period: second half of 2018, slated for release in 2019).