Stefanie Schulte Strathaus is head of the Berlinale Forum Expanded programme.
Schulte Strathaus was born in Frankfurt in 1969. She studied German philology, philosophy and theatre studies in Cologne and Berlin. While studying, she also worked on experimental exhibition and cinema projects.
In 1991, she began working for the “Freunde der Deutschen Kinemathek” (Friends of the Deutsche Kinemathek) association and, in 1994, she became a programme director for their in-house Arsenal cinema. Ten years later, she, Milena Gregor and Birgit Kohler became heads of the association which was renamed “Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art” in 2008.
Schulte Strathaus has curated a number of film programmes, retrospectives and exhibitions including “Wer sagt denn, dass Beton nicht brennt, hast Du’s probiert? Film im West-Berlin der 80er Jahre” (with Florian Wüst in 2006) and “Live Film! Jack Smith! Five Flaming Days in a Rented World” (with Susannne Sachsse and Marc Siegel in 2009). In 2010, she launched the ongoing “Living Archive – Archive Work as a Contemporary Artistic and Curatorial Practice” project; she, Bettina Ellerkamp and Jörg Heitmann also founded the “Film Feld Forschung” (Film Field Research) project at the silent green Kulturquartier. Schulte Strathaus is on the boards of the Harun Farocki Institut and the Network for Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS).
Schulte Strathaus has been a member of the selection committee for the Berlinale Forum since 2001. In 2005, she and Anselm Franke founded the Forum Expanded. In the summer of 2018, she and her colleagues on the Arsenal management board took over as interim heads of the Forum.