Tin Can Buffaloes – screenplay

2020. Drama. 106 pages. English/Hindi.

A spirited young orphan in Goa (India) who dreams of joining the close-knit local community of buffalo fighters must decide what kind of a man he wants to become as his cynical grandfather and his ambitious uncle fight over his allegiance.





Excerpts of Academy & Blacklist script reviews:

“Had me in tears”.
“Truly memorable”.
“Strikingly vivid, original and poetic”.
“Each detail feels significant… A writer with a voice, well worth knowing”.
“Bold and original… A truly unique and transportive coming of age story”.
“Completely thought out and complex… A story that will stay with you”.
“Crazy pressure cooker of a story with a big operatic ending”.
“The writer has a voice and a special skill”.

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The Peanut Seller

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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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