In addition, he has been involved in other film festivals internationally, in such diverse locations as Taormina, Tehran, Moscow, Manila, Bogota, Los Angeles, Cannes, Berlin and Jerusalem, and has served as an advisor to a number of other festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival and the Locarno International Film Festival. From 1979 to 1991, he served Italian journal II Tempo as its American film correspondent. In 1964, at the age of 22, Michael Kutza founded the, subsequently serving as its director
Through its early years, Kutza personally screened and selected the films that would be shown at the Festival.
lieutenant was during this period, in 1967, that Kutza viewed and selected for its world-premiere I Call First, the first film of director Martin Scorsese, which would later be expanded and rereleased as Who"s That Knocking at My Door. Kutza has been an outspoken proponent of foreign-language films, and as of 2013 remained the Festival"s artistic director