SWAN believes that to reach Parity and Inclusion in the Audiovisual Industry it is essential to raise awareness on all issues concerning Gender Equality and Diversity in the Audiovisual Industry.
Since its creation in 2015, SWAN has organized and participated in keynotes and round tables to discuss and inform the branche around different issues pertaining to Gender Equality and Diversity in the industry.
Click on the title of the panel that interests you below. Some have a podcast or video replay.
Does AI have a Gender - GIFF
Film Music Awards Winner - Zurich_Soundtrack / ZFF
She goes for animation - Fantoche
Shifting the narrative - Berlinale
Junge Frauen machen Filme, neue Talente im Gespräch - Basler Filmtreff
Building Diversity and Inclusion in Film - Gässli Film Festival
Beyond #MeToo - Locarno Film Festival
Where are the women ? Gender Equality in Swiss Film Productions - Visions du réel
Women and the cinematographic patrimony - Rencontres du 7e art
Producing and Coproducing against stereotypes - Zurich Summit
Informal Discussions with Women Directors - Locarno Film Festival
Keynote address by Julie Corman - Locarno Film Festival
DOES AI HAVE A GENDER - GIFF
Is Artificial Intelligence the demise or the answer to providing visibility to the work of women and marginalized audiovisual creators?
This panel wishes to discuss the opportunities and the risks behind the algorithms targeting audiences and shaping content distribution on streaming platforms and the internet.
Co-curated by SWAN and GIFF Geneva International Film Festival and presented in collaboration with swissnex San Francisco, it aims to confront perspectives and experiences on the nature of the relationship AI maintains with equality, diversity and justice in a creative sector, tentatively answering the following question: can AI bridge the Gender Gap and how?
With Dr. Emilia Roig, Founder and Executive Director Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ),
Dr. Ladan Pooyan-Weihs, Lecturer and Diversity Officer at the Department of Information Technology at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU), Lauren Huret, Visual Artist
Moderated by Maike Thies, Research Fellow at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
This livestreamed event is organized in the scope of the Geneva Digital Market, the industry program of the Geneva International Film Festival.
(Watch the replay here)
This panel is part of the SWAN 50/50 in 2020, equality is possible project.
FILM MUSIC AWARD WINNERS 2020 - ZFF / SOUNDTRACK ZURICH
Soundtrack_Cologne, WIFTG Women in Film & TV Germany & SWAN during SoundTrack_Zurich, a new Swiss and European film and music conference taking place during Zurich Film Festival.
a composers talk with Olivia Pedroli (CH), Dascha Dauenhauer (DE) and Tina Pepper (DE)
moderated by Karin Heberlein, Author, Director (CH)
SHE GOES FOR ANIMATION - FANTOCHE
Fantoche & SWAN organized a discussion about specific issues faced by women in animation.
with Fantoche President and ex Swiss Parliament & Senate member Christine Egerszegi,
Animation Directors Anja Kofmel (CH) & Sophie Laskar Heller (CH).
Moderation : Stéphane Mitchell, Screenwriter, SWAN Co-president
This year, Fantoche is celebrating heroines of the silver screen and has appointed women to fill all the festival’s important positions. Even so, there is still much to be done to improve the day-to-day experience of women working in the animated film industry. The panelists discussed the lack of gender data regarding the animation sector, the gender gap from short to feature films, the need for both structural and systemic changes, a support system for women starting up, a better link between schools & the branch to facilitate the transition into the professional world. Another point was the importance of allowing networking for young women while preventing sexual harassment.
SHIFTING THE NARRATIVE - BERLINALE
Organised by ProQuote Film, this panel was part of the The 2nd International Round Table taking place at Berlinale, with 55 organizations from 25 countries united.
Best Practice – Sharing Key Ideas and Successes
Useful insights into their work were shared by different organizations' representatives in short interviews that were expertly led by Moderator Melissa Silverstein, Founder of Women&Hollywood.
Invited to speak along representatives from WIFTI Women in Film and TV International, EWA European Women's Audiovisual Network, Collectif 5050 (France), SWIFT (South Africa) and SFI Swedish Film Institute, Gabriel Baur & Stéphane Mitchell (SWAN Co-presidents) explained why networking, reaching out to key players and data is important to push actions, especially when it comes to national film funds favoring women directly.
JUNGE FRAUEN MACHEN FILME, NEUE TALENTE IM GESPRÄCH -BASLER FILMTREFF
Ob politisch, satirisch, spielerisch oder feinfühlig – junge Schweizer Frauen gestalten ihre Filme furcht- und kompromisslos. Wir stellen am Basler Filmtreff sechs starke Kurzfilme vor und sprechen mit deren Autorinnen.
Als Spezialgast ergänzt die Drehbuchautorin und Co-Präsidentin vom Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network (SWAN) Stéphane Mitchell die Runde und erzählt über die Arbeit, Ziele und Massnahmen von SWAN zur Förderung von Schweizer Frauen in der Filmbranche.
GENDER GAP IN FILM CRITICISM - ZFF ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL
SWAN was excited to partner again with the Zurich Film Festival and for the first time with the Swiss Association of Film Journalists to host a panel followed by a Magic Hour Networking Venue.
Moderated by Carmen Gray, the Round Table with renowned Film Journalists Elsa Kelslassy (Variety), Pascal Blum (Tages-Anzeiger) and Simone Meier (Watson) was lively and discussed the pressing issue of the Gender Gap in Film Criticism, to address the disparity of reviews by women journalists and of women directed films.
BUILDING DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN THE FILM INDUSTRY - GÄSSLI FILM FESTIVAL
Mit Christine Vachon, Gabriel Baur, Jela Skerlak, Timo von Gunten und Monika Schärer als Moderatorin
Passend zum diesjährigen Fokus «Diversity» und angesichts der momentan brisanten Thematik präsentieren wir in Partnerschaft mit Gässli Film Festival & SWAN (Swiss Women's Audiovisual Network) ein Panel. Ausgewählte Vertreter_innen der Branche diskutieren, was sich im Bereich Diversität in der Filmwelt momentan im Umschwung befindet und wie mit der Forderung von Quoten umgegangen wird.
BEYOND #METOO - LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL
The "Beyond #metoo" round table with actresses Barbara Giordano, Marie-Eve Musy, Mona Petri and Corinne Soland from #FemaleACT, moderated by SWAN Co-President, Author, Director Gabriel Baur, focused on concerns and stories all too familiar with actresses and was followed by a meaningful Q&A with the audience.
This panel was made possible thanks to the support of ARF/FDS Swiss Filmmakers' association
WHERE ARE THE WOMEN? Gender Equality in Swiss Film Productions - VISIONS DU REEL
Where are the women (apart from costume and script)? Why does it matter?
Are gender equal film sets different? Is your production gender equal? Do you have a diverse crew?
SSFV (Swiss Syndicate for Film and Video) and SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network) have partnered with the Festival Visions du réel to organize a round table discussion focused on the position and representation of women in technical crews (sets and post).
During one hour, a round table with professional speakers from within the Swiss Audiovisual Industry outlined the present and future landscape of gender equality advances in Swiss audiovisual productions, drawing from data, studies as well as personal experiences. Through central issues, such as hiring opportunities, wage inequality and work environment, this round table wishes to raise awareness and foster both reflection and debate within the branche regarding this topic in order to come up with new solutions to reach equality.
(Listen to the panel - in French)
***« WOMEN AND THE CINEMATOGRAPHIC PATRIMONY » - RENCONTRES DU 7e ART
*** SWAN was invited to take part in and help put together a special panel
organized by the Festival on March 8th in front of a panel of ECAL students
Jela Skerlak- Head of Distribution & Diversity, Film Department, Federal Office of Culture FOC,
Moderated by Coline de Senarclens
SWAN is extremely proud to have partnered with the Zurich Film Festival and the Zurich Summit to debate in front a an international audience of Industry Key Players on ways to address and combat stereotypes as producers & coproducers.
SWAN hosted a panel at the Zurich Summit with speakers Sedika Mojadidi (Independent filmmaker | producer), Elizabeth Karlsen (Producer & Co-Director | Number 9 Films), Elena Pedrazzoli (Producer | Peacock Film)
KEYNOTE « GENDER STUDY IN RTS TV SERIES » - GIFF GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Stéphane Mitchell, SWAN Co-President, presented the results of the 1st SWAN Gender Studies
authored by Marie-Eve Musy & Stéphane Mitchell, on the Gender Disparities in RTS TV series at all levels of crew and cast, during the past 10 years.
INFORMAL DISCUSSION WITH WOMEN DIRECTORS - LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL
SWAN was happy to welcome directors Petra Volpe (CH), Sabine Gisiger (CH) and Rana Eid (Palestine) as special guests during the 2nd Locarno Networking Breakfast to discuss issues affecting women directors, working with women & picking a diverse and gender equal crew.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY JULIE CORMAN - LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL
To launch its first Locarno Networking Breakfast, SWAN was honored to welcome the famous American producer Julie Corman who gave a passionate speech on women's rights, her own career, how to break in the industry and the importance of women promoting women.