Gabriel Baur is SWAN co-founder and was SWAN former co-president from 2018 until 2021. She is now a consultant for SWAN.
After completing her MA in Cultural Anthropology, Psychology and Mass Communication at the University of Zurich, she made her first short films at the Film school of New York University, followed by in-depth study of writing and directing with Krzysztof Kieslowsky (PL), Wojciech Marczewski (PL) and Frank Daniels (USA).
Gabriel Baur received national and international awards for her films and is a member of the European Film Academy EFA and the Swiss Film Academy.
Her films and scripts as director and author include: „Cada Dia Historia“ (Every Day History, NIC/CH 1986/87); „Die Bettkönigin“ (Queen of Bed, CH 1994), „Venus Boyz“ (CH/DE/USA) that has become a classic in its field (International Premiere at the Berlinale 2002, theatrical release in Europe and the USA as well as 50 festivals worldwide like Karlovy Vary, IFF Locarno, IFF Moskau, IFF Warsaw, Taipei Golden Horse or Mostra Sao Paolo; TV, Homemarket and Streaming sales) or her latest film „Glow“ (World Premiere at the Zurich Film Festival 2017 and theatrically released 2017/18 in Switzerland, Broadcasting/Streaming & DVD 2020). The US release of „Glow“ was scheduled for 2020 with a Cinema Opening in N.Y.C and is pending due to Covid-19. Current international feature projects in development are „La Chavela“ and „The Matrix Love“, (postponed due to Covid-19).
Co-founder of ONIX Film 1983 and ONFEATURES Film in 2008, Baur’s films as producer/co-producer include „Venus Boyz“ (2001), „Nordland“ by Ingo J.Biermann (2014) and „Glow“ (2017).
She has been a lecturer at private and public universities, among which Zürich University of the Arts ZHDK/ MA Film till 2010. In 1990 she became European Delegate for the Swiss Filmmakers Association ARF/FDS. During 2010-2014 she was Vice-President of the Federation of European Film Directors FERA that represents around 20’000 European Filmmakers.
With her films & works, Gabriel Baur belongs to the pioneers of gender equality and diversity in film. She also co-initiated the first Swiss gender study in the Swiss Film Industry in 2014, published in 2015. Co-founder of SWAN Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network as well as SWAN Association, she is Co-president of SWAN Association since June 2018. Currently, she is living and working between Zurich and Lisbon.
(Photography: Aurélia Marin)