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 2016, 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.
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).
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.
Moderation : Stéphane Mitchell, Screenwriter, SWAN Co-president
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.
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.
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 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.
Speakers: Joëlle Bertossa - Producer, Marianne Roussy - Sound Engineer, perchwoman,
Jela Skerlak- Head of Distribution & Diversity, Film Department, Federal Office of Culture FOC
Moderator: Stéphane Mitchell - Screenwriter & SWAN Copresident
***« 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.