Barbara Seiler is a Swiss-born film director and producer. She is best known for her award-winning documentary films and for her work in the Swiss film industry.
Seiler was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1960. She studied at the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Zurich. After graduating, she went on to receive a diploma in film directing from the Swiss Film and Television School.
Seiler began her career in the late 1980s as an assistant director on various Swiss feature films and television series. In 1994, she made her directorial debut with the short film ‘Lift’, which was selected for the Cannes Film Festival. She then went on to direct a number of documentaries, including ‘The Catcher’ (1996) and ‘A Life in the Shadow’ (1998).
In 2000, Seiler directed and produced her first feature-length documentary, ‘The Road to Utopia’. The film tells the story of a group of young Swiss immigrants who journey across Europe to the United States in search of a better life. The film won numerous awards, including the Swiss Film Award, and was nominated for an Academy Award.
In 2003, Seiler directed and produced her second feature-length documentary, ‘The Promise of Hope’. The film follows the lives of two Swiss teenagers who dream of a better life. The film won a number of awards, including the Swiss Film Award and the ZFF Best Documentary Award.
In recent years, Seiler has become increasingly involved in the Swiss film industry. She has served as the president of the Swiss Film Commission since 2006 and has been a member of the Swiss Film Directors Association since 2005. She has also been a member of the Swiss Film Academy since 2009.
Seiler is a highly respected and successful filmmaker. Her films have won numerous awards and have been screened at film festivals all over the world. She continues to make films that explore the human condition and tell stories of hope, courage, and perseverance.