Schwizgebel was born on 28 September 1944 in Reconvilier, Canton of Berne (Jura bernois), in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. From 1960-65 he studied at theÉcole des Beaux-Arts et des Arts Décoratifs at Geneva. In 1971 he founded Studio GDS where he produced and directed animated films as well as working in graphic design. From 1986 to 1995 he worked on retrospectives and exhibitions, among others, in Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Osaka, Paris and New York. In 2002 he was awarded Swiss Film Prize, Best Short Film for “La jeune fille et les nuages”. His film, The Man With No Shadow was included in the Animation Show of Shows.His 2011 short film Romance, a co-production of the National Film Board of Canada and two Swiss studios, was one of five animated shorts nominated for the 32nd Genie Awards, where it won the Award for Best Animated Short.