Anka Schmid sees herself as a border-crosser between film and art and, in addition to narrative cinema and TV films, she also makes experimental films and video installations. She has won various prizes and awards and has made numerous exhibitions. Her films have been shown at international festivals such as Locarno, Nyon, Berlinale, San Francisco or Sundance.
Anka Schmid was born in Zurich in 1961. She graduated from high school and in the turbulent 80’s she was active in a street theatre and a music band. 1984 – 1990 she studied in Berlin at the German Film and TV Academy, (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin – DFFB).
In 1989 she spent a year in the USA, shooting the Hopi documentary TECHQUA IKACHI, LAND – MEIN LEBEN with the Hopi Indi¬an James Danaquymptewa and the artist Agnes Barmettler.
She completed her studies at the DFFB with the feature film HINTER VERSCHLOSSENEN TÜREN (1991), which won numerous prizes. After that, she worked as freelance cinematographer and director’s assistant in Germany, Switzerland, France, Argentina and the USA. In 1994, her son was born in Berlin and in 1998 she moved to Zurich with him. In Switzerland, in addition to her own creative work, she is a lecturer in film.
Born in 1961 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Since 1981 produces own short films and videos.
1984-90 Attends DFFB (Deutsche Film- und
Since 1990 works as independent filmmaker and
Teaches film and gives animation workshops.
2012 Marzili Badi
2003 ABC Sound Alphabet
2002 Perpetuum Mobile
2000 Das Engadiner Wunder
1998 Little Sister
1996 Magic Matterhorn
1991 Praktisch und friedlich
1986 Die Reise zur Südsee
1986 Rondo Gravitat
Portrait with detailed filmography please see the Swissfilms website:
2015 – WILD WOMEN – GENTEL BEASTS Documentary
Int. Premiere: Visions du Réel Nyon
2011 – AGAINST ALL ODDS Documentary
Award: Zurich Film Prize, int. Premiere: Berlinale
2009 – ISA HESSE-RABINOVITCH The Movie Game Portrait of the artist (TV)
Int. Festivals: Festival del Film Locarno i.a.
2005 – YELLO – ElectroPop made in Switzerland Portrait of the musicians (TV)
Int. Festival: Rose d’ Or Montreal
2000 – DAS ENGADINER WUNDER Short film (with Tanja Stöcklin)
Award: 1. Prize Int. Short Film Days Winterthur
1998 – BLIND DATE Teil: LITTLE SISTER Episode film with 7 short films
Int. Festivals: Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken, Biarritz i.a.
1995 – MAGIC MATTERHORN Documentary
Int. Premiere: Visions du Réel, Nyon; more Festivals: Rivertown Int. Film Festival Minneapolis i.a.
1991 – HINTER VERSCHLOSSENEN TÜREN Fiction Film
Awards: Swiss Young Talent Award, Zurich Film Prize, 2. Pize Filmfestival Schwerin, more Festivals: Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken, int. Film Festival Warsaw, Chicago Int. Film Festival
1989 – TECHQUA IKACHI, LAND – MEIN LEBEN Documentary
Cultural Prize of Canton Solothurn; Blue Ribbon Award at the Film Festival Chicago.
Festivals: Competition Sundance Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel Paris, Dokfest München
1989 – HABIBI – EIN LIEBESBRIEF Short film
1. Prize Tampere int. short film festival, more Festivals: Int. Short Film Days Oberhausen