Michael Stütz has been curator and programme manager of the Panorama since July 2017. He is also coordinator of the TEDDY AWARD, the queer film prize at the Berlinale.
He was born in Linz, Austria in 1977. He studied theatre, film and media at the University of Vienna and Freie Universität Berlin, during which time he also worked on film productions at Studio Babelsberg. He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2005.
Following an internship at the TEDDY AWARD in 2005, he began working in the Panorama as an assistant to Wieland Speck in 2006. He then took on further roles at the Panorama, including office manager, programme coordinator, coordinator for the TEDDY AWARD and programme advisor for Wieland Speck.
Alongside his work at Panorama, he has been involved in numerous other festivals as guest speaker, curator and jury member, including at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, Crossing Europe, Mix Brazil and the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival.
From 2011 to 2017, Michael Stütz was co-director of the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival in Berlin where he was responsible for curating numerous programmes with a particular focus on Austrian avant-garde and experimental films.