KATJA STRAUB BIO

Katja Straub is an artist, writer, and award winning filmmaker whose films have screened in numerous festivals and museums around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Images Festival in Toronto, the Viper Basel in Switzerland, the Museo Nationale Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Seattle International Film Festival, the Munich International Film Festival etc.

 

Katja received her Master in Experimental Film at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Awarded the Homer Lindsey Bruce Fellowship and the Warren E. Skaaren Scholarship, she received her MFA in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008.

 

Katja is currently teaching film acting at Filmuniversity Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF and is working on a feature screenplay about a middle-aged woman’s journey from loneliness via YouTube to radicalization.

 

 

 

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AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

 

 

2020 Dream Nails wins the Special Mention Jury Award for Best Production by CineFem Festival Internacional de Cine de la Mujer, Punta del Este Uruguay

2020 Dream Nails is awarded the highest rating "particularly valuable" (besonders wertvoll) by the Film Rating Agency (Filmbewertungsstelle) Wiesbaden

2014-15 Exzellence Program: International & Interdisciplinary Mentoring Program for Female Artists and Scientists, Universität der Künste Berlin

2011 NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) New Artist Initiative Fellowship awarded through the Hambidge Artist Residency

2011 Residency at I-Park in East Haddam, USA

2011 Residenzy at Spiro Arts in Park City, USA

2011 Residency at Hambidge Artist Residency in Rabun Gap, USA

2010 Best Family Friendly Film Award for Martha, Lady Filmmaker’s Film Festival, Los Angeles

2010 Audience Choice Award for Martha, Reno Film Festival, USA

2010 Golden Palm Award for Martha, Mexican International Film Festival, Rosarito, Mexico

2009  Martha is a Semi-Finalist for the Student Academy Award

2009  Best Narrative Award for Martha, Gate City Women's Film

2009  Participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus

2008 Warren E. Skaaren Scholarship awarded through The University of Texas at Austin, USA

2007-08  Austin Homer Lindsey Bruce Fellowship awarded through The University of Texas at Austin, USA

2006 You're Not a Cowboy Unless You Got a Hat screens at The MoMA Film & Video Exhibition in New York City, USA

2005 All White People Are French screens at The MoMA Film & Video Exhibition in New York City, USA

2005 Special Jury Award for All White People Are French at The South by Southwest Film Festival Austin, USA

 

 

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

 

Directory of Courses Held

 

 

Acting for the Camera (ongoing)

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Practical camera seminar for acting students.

What is needed in order to create a character based on a screenplay scene?

 

 

Psychological Character Development (ongoing)

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

In-depth development of a film role during an interdisciplinary seminar with students from the departments of Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Camera, Editing, Scenic Design. From script to screen of a short film including research, character development, rehearsal techniques, and shooting.

 

 

Editing Seminar (ongoing)

Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Introduction to Editing for acting students (Final Cut Pro).

Acting Students edit their own material from the second semester film-acting seminar.

 

 

“Shooting, Montage, Emotion” (2014 - Team-Teaching with Claudia Lehmann)

Universität der Künste, Berlin

Block seminar. Filmmaking students plan, shoot, and edit sequences based on a given theme.

How do I use my film language (camera, rhythm, montage) so that every choice underlines the emotion and atmosphere?

 

Thesis Class Directing (2009-2014)

Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT USA

Development of a short thesis film from script to screen.

 

Thesis Class Screenwriting (2011-2013)

Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT USA

Development of a feature length screenplay.

 

Intro to Digital Film (2009-2014)

Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT USA

Introduction to video filmmaking (camera, light, sound, editing) with focus on visual and auditory film language.

 

 

„Sight and Sound“ auf 16mm (2009-2014)

Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT USA

Introduction to 16mm filmmaking (camera, light, sound, editing) with focus on visual and auditory film language.

 

 

Narrativer Film Class (2008-2009)

University of Texas in Austin, TX USA

A production class on 16mm reversal film as well as video. Intensive workshop in visual storytelling.

 

Editing Seminar (2014)

filmArche e.V., Berlin

Practical editing seminar accompanied by film analysis lectures.