Beldocs Documentaries Kids & Youth initiative organised by Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) focuses on documentaries for younger audience. It is comprised of an open seminar day and a workshop dedicated to development of participating projects.
The first day is a seminar intended as inspiration for creators, funders, broadcasters, distributors and curators of documentaries. The aim is to inspire, encourage and motivate all sides of the documentary sector to strengthen the quality of documentaries for younger audiences, not only in terms of the content but also in the ways of engaging and reaching this audience segment. The second day of the initiative is intended to have a more intimate setting with the project teams of six selected projects currently in development. All projects have a focus on younger audiences as their target. The goal is to strengthen the quality of concrete projects and provide the teams with the best possible route for international funding and distribution. The long-term goal is to educate leading creators from the region to better navigate the international market for kids and youth documentaries.
The 2022 Beldocs Documentaries for Kids&Youth workshop will be led by journalist, director and producer Dimitra Kouzi (Greece). Since 2013 she has designed audience strategies for award-winning films, supporting filmmakers through a holistic approach to identify their story, find their partners and design their marketing campaign, media and distribution strategies (including Radiograph of a Family, Communion, La Chana, Nowhere to Hide, Reconciliation). She is a tutor at the Balkan Documentary Centre and Rough Cut Boutique workshops. In 2015 she founded Kouzi Productions. In 2016 she founded KinderDocs Festival for children and young audiences, bringing creative documentary into major museums in Greece (Athens and Thessaloniki). She is a documentary writer and producer for TV. Her first creative documentary (Good Morning Mr Fotis/passage to Europe, 2020) earned the Japan Foundation President’s Prize at the 2021 Japan Awards (NHK). Previously, she worked as a TV and print journalist for more than 18 years (ERT, ARTE, ZDF, DW) in Greece and Germany. As a Commissioning Editor for ERT Digital, she has built an extensive network in the documentary industry. She holds a Masters in Communication from Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munich. She has also studied art photography at the Photo Circle in Athens. She is fluent in Greek, English and German.