-Who is Ioannis Koutroubis?
I am a husband, father of two amazing sons, Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, and Director of the Film and Television Program at Trebas Institute Montreal. I have since gone on to achieve such accolades as the winner at the following cities’ film Festivals, Berlin, Rome, New York, L.A. Athens, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Paris, Munich, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne, Prague, Lisbon, and Chennai Founding my own International Visual Media Company Cinemagi Productions. As well as Alioan Creations, a creative writing company. With my hand in every aspect of the profession from producing and directing, to writing, cinematographer, and editing I have prepared and coordinated over 700 productions for various media outlets. In the past 16 months, I have had my productions enter 80+ Film Festivals and have won 80+ Awards including Best Producer, Best Director, Best Film, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Music Video, and Best Dance Video.
I was also Head Juror of the Ontario International Film Festival in 2021 and Juror of the 2020 Vue D’ Afrique International Film Festival and the 2022 Utah Dance Film Festival. Working as an instructor for Trebas Institute Montreal over the past decade, I bring not only an intense passion for filmmaking but also an acute technical skill fine-tuned towards the craft. I work tirelessly to bring forth my ever-growing experience and expertise to the students I so cherishingly educate.
-What inspired you to become a filmmaker?
At a very young age, I wanted to tell stories. Then when I was older I saw Akra Kurosawa’s Ikiru and it changed my life forever. I wanted to make films. I read as many books as I can about the craft. It was only when I watched the laser disc version of Boyz n tha Hood and I heard John Singleton’s commentary that I knew I needed to go to school and learn the craft of filmmaking.
-Do you think the cinema can bring a change in the society?
No, I do not think that cinema can change the world but I strongly believe that cinema can change people and that those people can change the world.
–What would you change in the world?
Remove prejudice from the world. We need to care more about our sisters and brothers.
-Where do you see the film industry going in the next 100 years?
It will keep evolving and reaching new heights but cinema will always be an art form about people and for people.
“Remove prejudice from the world. We need to care more about our sisters and brothers.” (EXCLUSIVE) Interview with Ioannis Koutroubis
2023 July 14