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Demelza Kooij

Demelza Kooij

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Biography

Dr Demelza Kooij is Senior Lecturer in Documentary and Fiction Filmmaking for Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. She presented her films worldwide in film festivals, museums, art galleries, and conferences. Flora and fauna form an integral part of the visual narrative of her films and are subtle instigators of philosophical considerations.

Particular interests: hybrid film, animals and landscape in film, posthumanism, the voice in documentary, science collaborations especially with life sciences.

For more information about her films and upcoming screenings & exhibitions:
www.demelzakooij.com

Degrees

2019, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, PhD
2010, Royal Holloway University of London, United Kingdom, MA Documentary by Practice
2009, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, MA Philosophy
2008, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, BA Archaeology

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer Fiction and Documentary Filmmaking, Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University, 2015 - present

Publications

Chapters

Koens L, Kooij D. 2018. Creative use of voice in non-fiction narrative film: an examination of the work of Peter Mettler. Cox G, Corner J. Soundings: Documentary Film and the Listening Experience :151-170 Jeremy Mills Publishing 978-1-86218-154-0 Publisher Url Public Url

Film

2018. Wolves From Above

2017. The Breeder

2016. The Frame

2014. Graminoids

2012. The View From Here

Exhibition

Kooij D. Wolves From Above at the 18th Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland. Author Url Publisher Url

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Quality Research Fund (QR fund) Liverpool John Moores University, QR Match funding awarded for THE BREEDER: a chapter in a science-driven, international anthology film project made by filmmakers and scientists., Grant value (£): £, Duration of research project: 4 months. 2017

Imaginal Disc LLC / Imagine Science Films, Funding award for the production of short film THE BREEDER as part of the feature film MOSAIC (by Imagine Science Films New York, USA)., Grant value (£): $, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2017

Professional activities

Award:

Nomination – AHRC film award for Best Doctoral or Early Career film, Arts and Humanities Research Council, https://ahrc.ukri.org/innovation/research-in-film-awards/the-awards/#doctoralecfilm. 2019

Jury Award for short film Wolves From Above, Ann Arbor Film Festival, https://weloveannarbor.com/2019/04/01/ann-arbor-film-festival-announces-this-years-award-winning-filmmakers/. 2019

Scientist Award for short film The Breeder, Imagine Science Films, http://imaginesciencefilms.org/ad4/jury-and-awards. 2018

Creative Edinburgh Awards – Creativity Award, Creative Edinburgh, UK, http://www.theskinny.co.uk/art/news/creative-edinburgh-award-winners-announced. 2014

Athens of The North, Write Shoot Cut, Edinburgh. 2013

Conference presentation:

Howls, Grunts, and Voices: Connecting Audiences and Onscreen Animals., AASA Animal Intersections, University of Adelaide, Australia, Oral presentation. 2017

Multimedia performance: REWILDING (2017, 21'49'') with Lisa Kusanagi and Lars Koens, AASA Animal Intersections, Nexus Art Space, Adelaide, Australia, Performance. 2017

Graminoids, Irish Sound, Science, and Technology Conference (ISSTC), Ormston House Gallery, Limerick, Ireland, Film screening. 2015

The View From Here (film), The Supernatural in Literature and Film, Lerwick, Shetland, UK, Film screening. 2014

External collaboration:

http://www.fact.co.uk/news-articles/2017/05/applications-open-liverpool-film-night-2017.aspx, Curator FACT Liverpool Film Night 2017, FACT Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. 2017

Research Grants Awarded:

Quality Research Fund (QR fund) Liverpool John Moores University, QR Match funding awarded for THE BREEDER: a chapter in a science-driven, international anthology film project made by filmmakers and scientists., Grant value (£): £, Duration of research project: 4 months. 2017

Imaginal Disc LLC / Imagine Science Films, Funding award for the production of short film THE BREEDER as part of the feature film MOSAIC (by Imagine Science Films New York, USA)., Grant value (£): $, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2017

Conference organisation:

Sound and Music in Documentary Film Symposium, Assistant organiser, chair., https://smdf2017.wordpress.com/,. 2017

Other invited event:

Pitching at Visions du Reél, Nyon, Switzerland, Pitching TUMBLING WOLFSKIN at Visions du Reél.. 2016

Panellist at Madeira Film Festival, Madeira, Portugal, Panelist for public talk "Can we make nature documentaries without Sir David Attenborough?".. 2014

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK, Q&A panelist invited to reflect on screenings.. 2013

Industrial connections:

Mosaic Films, London, UK, Co-producers of my forthcoming feature documentary TUMBLING WOLFSKIN (expected 2018)., http://mosaicfilms.com/about-mosaic-films/. 2015

Lowik Media in Montreal, Canada, Lowik Media are the main producer of my forthcoming feature documentary TUMBLING WOLFSKIN (expected 2018)., http://lowikmedia.com/. 2014

Scottish Documentary Institute, Edinburgh, UK, Outreach Assistant, http://www.scottishdocinstitute.com/. 2013

Media Coverage:

http://5against4.com/2017/02/27/electric-spring-2017/, Review of GRAMINOIDS by Dr Simon Cummings after Electric Spring Festival (2017).

http://www.cine-vue.com/2014/06/edinburgh-2014-shorts-programme-review.html, Review of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in CineVue after screenings at Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK) June 2014..

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-so-what-is-an-experimental-documentary-anyway/Content?oid=4372021, GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) is mentioned as an example of 'sensory film' by Chris Vitiello, Indy Week, 8 April 2015..

http://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/full-frame-we-review-57-films-you-can-see-at-the-festival-this-week/Content?oid=4372053, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/blog/must-see-films-2015-full-frame-festival, Reviews of the short film GRAMINOIDS (Kooij & Koens, 2014) in Indyweek and CTD after screenings at Full Frame (USA) April 2015..

https://www.bidolito.co.uk/feature-celluloid-heroes/, Interview about Liverpool Film Night with Bido Lito. Title: Celluloid Heroes Issue 83, Nov 2017.

https://www.cnos.org.uk/black-box-futures-week, https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/blog/genetically-modified-pets?fbclid=IwAR0709w2OdAGKi9Nvw9wkzeqnl0-QJcaYNwb-Yl9ECAoTE3hm-issiGPKrI, Blog post: Demelza Kooij's film The Breeder considers the darker implications of our cultural fetish with cute. – a blog written in relation to screenings in Newcastle, UK..

https://www.labocine.com/spotlight/213, Review of THE BREEDER (2017) in Labocine, an online science film magazine, by Lujain Ibrahim..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTvkhP6ODKs, https://ahrc.ukri.org/innovation/research-in-film-awards/the-awards/#doctoralecfilm, Wolves From Above is shortlisted for an AHRC / RIFA film award in the category Doctoral Award or Early Career Film..

Other Professional Activity:

Invited to Talent Lab Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), Canada..