Born in Germany, Etienne grew up predominantly in India. After his undergrad in Berlin, he studied Filmmaking in the UK with a prestigious DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service).
Etienne’s short films were screened at numerous international film festivals, distributed on TV, acquired by various distribution companies and favourably reviewed by the press.
His short film “The Peanut Seller” recently won several awards, such as the Satyajit Ray Short Film Award at the London Indian Film Festival 2018, where the jury praised it for its “superb execution and poignant narrative”. The Orlando Weekly remarked on the film: “Stellar… will open your eyes…” (Sept. 26, 2018).
Etienne’s feature film screenplay “Tin Can Buffaloes” advanced to the top 5% of the Academy Nicholl Fellowships screenwriting competition and is currently in pre-production.
Etienne has recently completed writing a biopic about a revolutionary German conservationist working in Africa.