Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is the head of the Forum Expanded programme.
Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1969, she studied German philology, philosophy and theatre arts in Cologne and Berlin whilst simultaneously working on experimental exhibition and cinema projects.
She began working for the "Friends of the German Cinematheque" society in 1991, joining the programming department of their in-house cinema in 1994. Since 2004, together with Milena Gregor and Birgit Kohler, she has co-chaired the society which was renamed "Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art" in 2008.
She has curated numerous film programmes, retrospectives and exhibitions including "Who says concrete doesn’t burn, have you tried? West Berlin Film in the ’80s" (2006, with Florian Wüst) and "Live Film! Jack Smith! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World" (2009, with Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel). In 2010, she developed the ongoing project "Living Archive - Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice".
She has been a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Forum section since 2001 and co-founded the Forum Expanded together with Anselm Franke in 2005. The team of curators has since been expanded to include Nanna Heidenreich, Bettina Steinbrügge and Ulrich Ziemons.