Acme Studios — Gaudenz Meili

Supporting Artists since 1972

Gaudenz Meili

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Gaudenz Meili is a Swiss film director, producer and screenwriter. After initially working in theatre, Gaudenz made the move to film in 1961, making cultural reports and documentaries on Swiss personalities for television. In 1972 he got the opportunity to direct the film Der Kopflose Falke based on Truman Capote's novella The Headless Hawk for ‘Das kleine Fernsehspiel’.

Gaudenz won the SF-DRS competition, ‘Filming Epic Swiss Literature’, in 1976, resulting in the feature film Der Stumme based on the novel by Otto F. Walter. In the mid 1970s and 1980s he began to distance himself more from the Swiss film scene with is focus on social criticism in order to make more artistic works. In 1989, Gaudenz won the Grand Prix at the Festival international du film sur l'Art (FIFA) in Montréal, Canada, for his film Der Neapelfries.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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