Michael Stütz has been head of the Berlinale Panorama section since June 2019. He is also project leader for the TEDDY AWARD.
Alongside his work at Panorama, Stütz 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, he 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 film.
"It is always fascinating to explore a festival personally together with the local community, something that always offers new perspectives we all need to be open to in order to grow. Side by Side is exemplary in combining a thoroughly curated program with resilience and passion, displayed each year by the wonderful organizers. I am honoured to serve on this year's jury and cannot wait to dive into the program that will hopefully spark heated discussions among the jury members on the manyfold possibilities of contemporary Queer Cinema."