John Kozak

Theatre and Film

John Kozak Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3T11
Building: Asper Centre for Theatre and Film
Phone: 204-786-9951


John Kozak has worked in the film industry in Winnipeg for thirty years in a variety of capacities, but mainly as a writer, director and editor. He has written and directed over twenty films in a wide range of styles, including experimental films, educational films and two dramatic features, including Hell Bent in 1994. His films have been broadcast in Canada (Superchannel, Movie Max, Global, CBC) and have received theatrical distribution in Canada, the U.S.A. and South America. They have also received wide festival exposure with screenings at the Goteborg Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Mannheim Film Festival, Montreal International Festival of New Cinema, TIFF and many more, and his films have won numerous awards including Golden Sheaf Awards for best screenplay and best actor for Dory, the Super Channel Award and Drama Lab Award, also for Dory and, most recently, the Best Screenplay Award at the Magnolia Film Festival for The Eulogy. He has also worked on numerous films as a picture and sound editor, sound recordist, gaffer, script supervisor, actor and producer on shorts, commercials, documentaries and feature films. His most recent film is the half-hour drama, Target Practice, released in 2011.

Professor Kozak received his formal training in film production at New York University, School of the Arts, Graduate Department of Film and Television, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. While at New York University he studied directing under such prestigious filmmakers as Laslo Benedek and Sam Fuller, and also studied film history and theory with William K. Everson and Jay Leyda, specializing in Early American Cinema.

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