Pauline Gygax is a member of SWAN’s Advisory Council.
She was born in 1976 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
She began by studying photography at the Vevey School of Photography in 1997. During these years, she produced personal work while teaching. From 1999 to 2001, she worked in the field of contemporary photography and directed the Center de la Photographie de Genève.
In 2003, she turned to the cinema. She founded and co-directs the film production company Rita productions with her partner Max Karli in Geneva. Initially active mainly in Switzerland, the company expands in France and Belgium and evolves in particular through co-productions. Gygax tried his hand at directing and directing with his first and only short film Promis Juré released in 2004, but finally decided to focus on production. She supports authors and directors in their efforts and projects. She works in particular with producers such as Céline Sciamma, Marie-Ange Luciani or Sylvie Pialat and actresses such as Adèle Haenel or Mélanie Thierry. His productions are varied and all have a political content.
Passionate about images, she wishes to contribute to the establishment of a more just society. The films she produces mostly feature strong female figures. During her production work she helps the idea blossoming of writers, accompanies the writing, helps with the editing of the shoot, has to convince and find funding. It tries to set up more participatory, more horizontal practices in the production profession. Its goal is to rethink the way we make cinema and the distribution of power fits into that. Through her activity and her background, she has access to film production techniques generally reserved for men and even tries to modify them, to make them more participatory and egalitarian. His productions have toured the world and are political and committed.
With Rita Productions, Gygax produces several feature films including Déchainées by Raymond Vouillamoz, Les Grandes Ondes by Lionel Baier or more recently Le vent turns by Bettina Oberli, documentaries such as Dirty Gold War released in 2015 and directed by Daniel Schweizer, and short films. But it is the film Ma vie de Courgette directed by Claude Barras, scripted by Céline Sciamma and co-produced by Pauline Gygax, which has met with great international success. The film won two Césars, the Best Swiss Film Award, the Best European Animated Film Award and many other awards. At the end of 2017, Pauline Gygax and Max Karli joined forces with the four directors of Bande à Part Films, Lionel Baier, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Ursula Meier and Frédéric Mermoud, and created Banditas Films a new production company. In 2019, she produced the Swiss spy television series Helvetica which is broadcast on Swiss Radio Television. Rita Productions has bought the rights to Mona Chollet’s Witches book to adapt it to the cinema.
A committed feminist, she is an advisor to the SWAN association, Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network, which fights for parity in Swiss cinema. She is also a member of the French group 5050 for 2020, which was born out of the Weinstein affair and is part of the Le Deuxieme Regard association, a network which aims to denounce and remove gender stereotypes in cinema. In 2018, she will take part in the 100% female march of the Cannes Film Festival to demand equality (in particular pay) in the cinema.