Thomas Sieben was born in Cologne in 1976. After graduating high school, he studied Film and Photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. His first feature film “Distanz” starring Ken Duken was the opening film in the “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” section at Berlinale in 2009 and was screened in more than 25 festivals around the world. In January 2014, Thomas Sieben’s second feature film “Staudamm” was released in cinemas across Germany. Currently, he is finishing up his third feature film, a thriller titled “Kidnapping Stella” starring Jella Haase and Max von der Gröben. He also works as a screenwriter. In 2015, among other projects, he wrote the screenplay for the teen comedy “Verrückt nach Fixi” in collaboration with Mike Marzuk, which was distributed by Constantin Film in 2016. More recently, he worked with Malte Welding and Stefan Kolditz on Philipp Kadelbach’s cinema debut “So viel Zeit”.



Kidnapping Stella
Feature film
Production: Henning Ferber Filmproduktion
Screenwriter and director
In Postproduction

Der Bulle und das Biest
TV series
Production: Bantry Bay / SAT.1
Director for 3 episodes


Love Slam
Feature film
Production: Wild Bunch Germany
Screenwriter and director
in funding


Feature film
Production: milkfilm München, Arte, Mixtvision
Screenwriter and director (screenplay in collaboration with Christian Lyra)
Best Youth Film Award, Cottbus Film Festival 2013
Ecumenical Jury Award, Achtung Berlin Festival 2013
German Film Critics Award 2015 – “Best Actress” Liv Lisa Fries


Feature film
Production: Grandhotel Pictures
Screenplay and director
Opening film for “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” section at Berlinale 2009
German Independent Award, Filmfest Oldenburg 2009
“Best Foreign Feature Film” Award, Lonestar FF Fort Worth 2009
“Best Narrative Feature”, Arizona Film Festival 2009
Honourable mention, Biberach Film Festival 2009