The Peanut Seller (Moongfali Wala)

2017. Germany/India. 18 minutes. Hindi (with English subtitles), 4K (digital). Written, Directed & Produced by Etienne Sievers.

An orphaned young ragpicker battling isolation and poverty in the streets of New Delhi tries to locate the one man capable of helping him find his mother.

Cast: Mohammed Faizal, V.K. Sharma, Moon Moon Singh, Amit Vashisht, Shubham Srivastan

WINNER: Satyajit Ray Short Film Award at the London Indian Film Festival 2018
WINNER: Audience Award Best Short Film South Asian Film Festival, Orlando Florida 2018
: Best Short at Manhattan Short India 2018
WINNER: Best Film at Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival 2018
WINNER: Best Editor at Jaipur International Film Festival 2019
NOMINATED: German Star of India Award at Stuttgart Indian Film Festival 2018
OPENING FILM South Asian Film Festival of Montreal 2018
Official Selection Dingle International Film Festival 2019
Official Selection New York Indian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection IFFSA Toronto 2018
Official Selection Kolkata International Film Festival 2018
Official Selection Imagine India International Film Festival Madrid 2018
Official Selection Indian Film Festival Cincinnati 2018
Official Selection Birmingham Indian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection Manchester Indian Film Festival 2018
Official Selection GemArts Masala Festival: Awake 2018
Official Selection Delhi International Film Festival 2018
Short Film Corner Festival de Cannes 2018

“Stellar… Will open your eyes…” -Cameron Meier, Orlando Weekly, Sept. 26, 2018

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Tin Can Buffaloes – feature film screenplay in pre-prod.

2018. Drama. 106 pages. English/Hindi.

An orphaned boy in Goa (India) who aspires to participate in the local tradition of buffalo fighting must decide what kind of a man he will be as his neglectful grandfather and his ruthless idol fight over his allegiance.

Developed with the support of the eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriters Workshop & Master Classes, a training initiative of the Creative Europe MEDIA Subprogramme of the European Union.

Placed in the top 5% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. The following are a few excerpts of the Academy’s feedback on the script:

“Truly memorable”.
“A unique coming of age story”.
“Crazy pressure cooker of a story with a big operatic ending”.
“Defies your expectations”.
“The writer has a voice and a special skill”.
“Completely original premise”.
“The story, characters and setting feel utterly authentic”.

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Dilli Dreams

2012. Germany/India. 12 minutes. Hindi (with English subtitles), HD (Digital). Written, Directed & Produced by Etienne Sievers.

An aging man living in hardship in the crowded bazaars of Old Delhi remembers his childhood in the countryside.

Cast: Mohammed Faizal, Ram Bihari

“Poignant” -Huffington Post
“A remarkable film… The cinematography is sublime…” -Bath Film Festival
“Stunning!” -Aseem Chhabra, Festival Director NYIFF
“Visually poetic” -CAAM Fest
“Touching” -Charlotte Harman, bathffblogger

Nominated for Best Short at the New York Indian Film Festival 2012
Nominated for the IMDB New Filmmaker Award 2012
Nominated for the Cinema Prize at No Time Left Festival 2013
Short Film Corner Festival De Cannes 2013
Official Selection Raindance Film Festival London 2012
Official Selection CAAM Fest (San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival) 2013
Official Selection Bath Film Festival 2012
Official Selection Raindance Roma 2013
Official Selection Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris, 2013
Official Selection Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival 2013, Calcutta
Official Selection Human Rights Festival Barcelona/New York/Paris 2014
Official Selection SAFF Montréal 2016

The Way Up

2014. UK. 13 minutes. English. 4K (digital). Written & Directed by Etienne Sievers.

A troubled journalist embarks on a journey to find a legendary jazz musician living as a hermit in the mountains of Wales.

Cast: Simon Victor, Peter Nolan

Festival De Cannes Short Film Corner 2014
Official Selection Bangalore International Short Film Festival 2014
Official Selection Kalpanirjhar Short Film Festival, Calcutta, 2014
Official Competition No Time Left Film Festival, Paris 2014
Official Selection Cosmo Fest Tokyo 2015
Official Selection Dingle International Film Festival 2015