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)
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.
2015 Wild Women – Gentle Beasts Anka Schmid (96')
Int. Premiere: Visions du Réel Nyon, 2015. Festivals: Locarno 2015
2011 Against All Odds Anka Schmid (93')
Zürcher Filmpreis; int. Premiere: Berlinale
2009 Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch – The Movie Game Anka Schmid (56')
Int. Festivals u.a. Festival del Film Locarno
2005 Yello – ElectroPop made in Switzerland Anka Schmid (58')
Int. Festivals: Rose d’ Or Montreal
2002 ABC Sound Alphabet Anka Schmid (50')
2000 The Miracle Of The Engadin 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 Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken, Biarritz
1995 Magic Matterhorn Anka Schmid (85')
Int. Premiere: Visions du Réel Nyon; weitere Festivals u.a. in Minneapolis
1991 Behind locked doors Anka Schmid (78')
Schweizer Nachwuchspreis, Zürcher Filmpreis, 2. Preis Filmfestival Schwerin, weitere Festivals: Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken, int. Film Festival Warschau, Chicago int. Film Festiva
1989 Techqua Ikachi, Land - my Life Anka Schmid, Agnes Barmettler und James Danaqyumptewa (89 / 102 / 110')
Kulturpreis des Kantons Solothurn; Blue Ribbon Award des Filmfestivals Chicago. Festivals: Wettbewerb Sundance Film Festival, DOK-Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel Paris, Dokfest
1986 Habibi - a love letter Anka Schmid (22')
1. Preis Tampere Int. Kurzfilmfestival, weitere Festivals: Int. Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
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