Solothurn Film Festival | SO PRO & Contra II: Shortage of female workers and excess of hierarchy

20 January 2024 15h45 – 19h00, Stadttheater TOBS, Theatergasse 16-18, 4500 Solothurn

The Swiss film industry is currently faced with a shortage of female workers, namely assistants to directors and producers on-set. Is this situation the result of an unattractive and gendered work culture, steeped in hierarchies? Are film crews’ current organizations a hindrance to career paths or are they allowing responsibilities to be distributed evenly? Should behind-the-scene female collaborators be granted with more decision-making power or should the integrity of an artistic project remain in the hands of its sole creator? Moreover, are international co-productions making new generations precarious?

To discuss these current topics, SWAN – Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network has teamed up with the Solothurn Film Festival and 23bis to host a panel discussion on Saturday, January 20, 2024, during the Industry Days “SO PRO” of the 59th edition of the festival, in the Stadttheater TOBS in Solothurn.

Free entrance.

Detailed program:

The festival’s gender statistics presentation (15:45 – 15:55)

As a preamble to this event, the directors of the Solothurn Film Festival will share and comment the annual gender statistics, to follow up on their commitments on equality and diversity, after signing the SWAN’s pledge in 2019.


  • Solothurn Film Festival’s artistic director Niccolò Castelli and director of operations Monica Rosenberg
  • SWAN‘s executive committee members Katia Skila Durlemann, Ksenia Ignatenko and Cadenza Zhao.

Panel discussion (15:55 – 17:00)


  • Assistant director, team member of 23bis and creator of the podcast “Voies entrelacé·e·x·s” Mathilde Neau
  • Producer Gabriela Bussman
  • Production manager and professional groups’ delegate of SSFV Michael Imboden
  • General secretary of SSFV Nicole Barras
  • Director and committee member of ARF/FDS Géraldine Rod


  • Videographer and SWAN executive committee member Delphine Luchetta

Spoken in French and German.
Simultaneous German/French and French/German translation is provided to the public.

Happy Hour! (17:00 – 19:00)

Right after the panel, all participants are invited to a networking cocktail in the same venue, where they will have the opportunity to continue the discussion and relax!



SWAN – Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network would like to thank Mathilde Neau, Emilien Gür, Niccolò Castelli, Monica Rosenberg, Solothurn Film Festival, 23bis, ARF/FDS, SSFV and FOCAL for making this event possible.