Anka Schmid was born in Zurich in 1961. After graduating from high school, she began her studies in German philology and she shot her first experimental videos and Super-8 films. In the turbulent 80 ’s she was active in a street theater and a music band.

In 1984 she moved to Berlin when it was still a divided city because she had been accepted as a student at the German Film and TV Academy, (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin - DFFB). Here she made numerous short films and videos.

In 1989 she spent a year in the USA, shooting the Hopi documentary TECHQUA IKACHI, LAND – MY LIFE with the Hopi Indian James Danaquymptewa and the artist Agnes Barmettler.

In 1991 she completed her studies at the DFFB with the feature film BEHIND LOCKED DOORS (HINTER VERSCHLOSSENEN TÜREN), which won numerous prizes. After that, she worked as freelance filmmaker and director’s assistant in Germany, Switzerland, France, Argentina and the USA.

In 1994, her son was born in Berlin and she made the documentary MAGIC MATTERHORN, which she shot in Zermatt, California and Berlin

In 1998 she moved to Zurich with her son. In Switzerland, in addition to her own creative work, she is a lecturer in film and media and heads animation workshops. She also participated in various solo and group exhibitions. (–>> Art)

Detailed portrait (in German) Cinéportrait Anka Schmid (2011)

Short Biography
Anka Schmid studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) and works as a filmmaker, video artist and media lecturer. Internationally renowned for her documentary films (“Wild Women – Gentle Beasts”), she has made films for the cinema and television as well as art videos and installations since 1986. She has been honoured with numerous awards and participated in solo and group exhibitions.

Interviews / portraits

Ausführliches Portrait der Filmmacherin (CinĂ©portrait SwissFilms):
Cinéportrait Anka Schmid (2011, deutsch, PDF 850 kB)

Interview zum Film «Habibi» (Schweizer Fernsehen 1987, 9 min, ab 4:30)

Films (selection)

2015   Wild Women – Gentle Beasts  Anka Schmid  (96')

2011   Mit dem Bauch durch die Wand  Anka Schmid  (93')
ZĂĽrcher Filmpreis; int. Premiere: Berlinale

2009   Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch – Das grosse Spiel Film  Anka Schmid  (56')
Künstlerporträt (TV)
Int. Festivals u.a. Festival del Film Locarno

2005   Yello – ElectroPop made in Switzerland  Anka Schmid  (58')
Musikerportrait (TV)
Int. Festivals: Rose d’ Or Montreal

2002   ABC Sound Alphabet  Anka Schmid  (50')

2000   Das Engadiner Wunder (Film)  Anka Schmid, Tania Stöcklin  (18')
1. Preis Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

1998   Little Sister  Anka Schmid  (17 / 90')
Episodenfilm mit 7 Kurzfilmen
Int. Festivals u.a. Max OphĂĽls Preis SaarbrĂĽcken, Biarritz

1995   Magic Matterhorn  Anka Schmid  (85')
Int. Premiere: Visions du RĂ©el Nyon; weitere Festivals u.a. in Minneapolis

1991   Hinter verschlossenen TĂĽren  Anka Schmid  (78')
Schweizer Nachwuchspreis, ZĂĽrcher Filmpreis, 2. Preis Filmfestival Schwerin, weitere Festivals: Max OphĂĽls Preis SaarbrĂĽcken, int. Film Festival Warschau, Chicago int. Film Festiva

1989   Techqua Ikachi, Land – Mein Leben  Anka Schmid, Agnes Barmettler und James Danaqyumptewa  (89 / 102 / 110 Min.')
Kulturpreis des Kantons Solothurn; Blue Ribbon Award des Filmfestivals Chicago. Festivals: Wettbewerb Sundance Film Festival, DOK-Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel Paris, Dokfest

1986   Habibi - Ein Liebesbrief  Anka Schmid  (22')
1. Preis Tampere Int. Kurzfilmfestival, weitere Festivals: Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


Photos Anka Schmid

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