Claudia Schmid, born in Cologne in 1956, studied three years at the Music Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna for a solo-career as a flutist (transvers flute). In 1978 she changed to the visual arts and studied sculpture, painting and conceptual art at the art Academies in Vienna and Dusseldorf. Since 1986 she has worked as a freelance artist in Italy, Dusseldorf and Cologne, and received various awards and scholarships. Her sculptures were exhibited by the Galleries Guenzani, Milan, Carini, Florence and Buchholz, Cologne.
1991 Claudia Schmid began to work as a film author and director for the channels WDR, Arte and 3sat. Over the years she has realized about 15 documentaries with a focus on fine art and portraits of artists. The film THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE - THE ARTIST GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN (116 mins) of 2009 was her first full-length documentary for cinema. It was followed by the documentary THE REDRAWN WORLD - THE ARTIST HEINZ EMIGHOLZ, 2009 (64 min) and RICHARD DEACON - IN BETWEEN, 2013 (89 min).
Currently she is working on the documentary (WT) HALF OF HEAVEN - a film about violence against women worldwide.
Cinema, Festivals and Awards
2013 the documentary RICHARD DEACON – IN BETWEEN (89 Min.) celebrated its world premiere as part of the Art Market VIP program in the Film Forum of the Museum Ludwig and the German premiere at the Babylon Cinema, Berlin.
2010 the documentary THE REDRWN WORLD - THE ARTIST HEINZ EMIGHOLZ (64 Min.) was presented at the Kunstverein Ingolstadt.
2010-2011 the documentary about Werner Schroeter ATTEMPTS AT LOVE was part of the Schroeter retrospective at Les Cinemas of the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
2009 and 2010 the documentary THE SILENCE OF INNOCENCE - THE ARTIST GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN (116 Min.) was shown at various film festivals and was successfully screened in many European movie theaters. Festivals: 24th International Documentary Film Festival Munich; Festival Temps d'Image Film Award for Films on Art, Lisbon; Helsinki International Film Festival "Love & Anarchy"; International Film Festival of Fine Art in Szolnok, Hungary.
In 2003 the documentary ATTEMPTS AT LOVE - THE ARTIST WERNER SCHROETER received the first Prize at the Festival International du Film d'Art in Paris.