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 and 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 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 in Potsdam/Berlin and is working on a feature screenplay about a middle-aged woman’s journey from loneliness via YouTube to radicalization.





Awards and 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