To tackle a problem as vast as gender inequality, one first needs to have a clear and solid understanding of it. From its beginnings, SWAN has believed in the fundamental importance of gathering gender data to better map the situation before addressing it with targeted best practices.
The blatant discrimination towards female* filmmakers revealed by the first Swiss gender study in film funds in 2015, gave birth to SWAN.
SWAN is involved with gathering gender data through the pledge of parity and inclusion for film festivals, which is shared both nationally with the Federal Office of Culture and internationally with Le Collectif 50/50.
SWAN also conducted its own studies, see below:
It has been shown that stereotypical assumptions lead to women* being more likely to be asked to make smaller films with sensitive topics, while the large feature film budgets went to men*.
In 2021, a similar tendency could be found at the Edi. Awards, the most important award for commissioned productions of commercial, industrial and corporate films in Switzerland:
of women* were nominated for best directors at the Edi. Awards 2021.
of women* were nominated for best editors.
of nominees in the Cinematography category were men*.