Anka Schmid

Director, Video Artist


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

Fernsehakademie, Berlin).

Since 1990 works as independent filmmaker and

video artist.

Teaches film and gives animation workshops.   Cinéportrait of Anka Schmid



2016 La Dada – König Hirsch

2015 Wild Women – Gentle Beasts

2014 Fe-Male

2012 Marzili Badi

2011 Mit dem Bauch durch die Wand

2009 Hierig-Heutig

2009 Isa Hesse-Rabinovitch – Das grosse Spiel Film

2007 Rondo Industrial – Found Footage II (Mechanisch & Organisch)

2007 Shake Hands – Found Footage IV (Diplomatie & Choreografie)

2005 Yello – Electropop Made In Switzerland

2003 ABC Sound Alphabet

2002 Perpetuum Mobile

2000 Das Engadiner Wunder

1998 Little Sister

1997 Labyrinth-Projektionen

1996 Magic Matterhorn

1991 Hinter verschlossenen Türen

1991 Praktisch und friedlich

1989 Techqua Ikachi, Land – Mein Leben

1986 Die Reise zur Südsee

1986 Habibi – Ein Liebesbrief

1986 Herzens-Freude

1986 Rondo Gravitat

Portrait with detailed filmography please see the Swissfilms website:

FILMS Selection

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.


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


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