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SWAN - Swiss Women's Audiovisual Network is an association which aims for gender equality and diversity in film, television and all other screen-based media in Switzerland.
Films shape our perception of the world. The more variety is shown in film, the more versatile our experience of the world.
Co-founder of SWAN, former CEO of FOCAL and teacher at the Zurich University of Arts
Since 2016, SWAN has organised and participated in a number of keynotes and round tables to discuss and inform around different issues pertaining to gender equality and diversity in the audiovisual industry.
SWAN Directory is the very first online inventory of women* working in the Swiss film, television and screen industry. It raises the visibility of female* professionals and allows them to connect with potential recruiters and partners.
The Office for Equality & Diversity in the Swiss Audiovisual Industry is a service developed by SWAN to assist women* of the industry and provide them with useful information on parity and other related subjects.
In 2023, at the Locarno Film Festival, which is the most important event dedicated to cinema in Switzerland:
of members of the juries were women*.
of feature films selected were directed by women*.
of films screened in Piazza Grande were directed by men* or mixed directors.
ROLE PLAY is a multilingual SWAN podcast created by podcast producer Katarina Hagstedt, podcast creator and independent journalist Pascaline Sordet and radio journalist Isabella Visetti. With podcast creator Sabine Meyer, they criss-crossed Switzerland to meet and discuss with filmmakers when, why and how they decided to go against the grain.
Available in German, Italian and French on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.