Keir Siewert is a Scottish filmmaker, raised in London, New Mexico, California, and Edinburgh. He went to the University of Winchester, attaining a degree in Film Studies and Film and Cinema Technology.
After University, Keir was involved in the UK music scene, creating over 100 music videos and has worked for clothing brands, as well as working as a photographer. He won the Edinburgh 48 hour film project in 2013 with his film ‘#conniesflat’, then again in 2014 at the London iteration with ‘JC’s Honey Trap’. In 2014 he was also shortlisted by The Skinny for making one of the 10 best micro-budget shorts in Scotland with sex comedy ‘Let’s Make a Porno’.
In 2014 he also began work on a project called Jesse Functions with Scottish BAFTA New Talent Award-winning and Camerimage-nominated cinematographer Alan McLaughlin.
This was the first of two halves of a film about an alcoholic at two different stages of her life. It’s a merger of drama and horror, mixing realist scenes with surreal, unflinching imagery. The second half is set 10 years later, and is being shot in real time, as this allows for our actors to age and continue the realistic feel of the film. This is a deeply personal project to Keir, as his father was an alcoholic who died when he was 16, and the issue of alcohol abuse in Scotland is a cause he cares deeply about.
In 2018 Keir completed work on two shorts he wrote and directed. The first was about a female Mixed Martial Arts fighter named DUCHESS, the second is horror film RETCH. RETCH played at genre festivals around the world such as Morbido, Fantasporto and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, where it is up for a Silver Méliès. It was also an official selection at both the London and Glasgow Short Film Festivals. It’s was picked up for distribution by ALTER and the feature version is currently in development.
Keir recently completed work as a Writer/Director on PORTRAIT, an exposé on the behavior of photographers in the fashion world, in the wake of the Me Too movement. It is a fictional piece based off interviews Keir conducted with 21 models about their experiences and stars up-and-coming Scottish Actress Sorcha Groundsell, lead of the Netflix show The Innocents and featuring in BBC3’s Clique. The film was given funding through GENERA. It premiered at London Film Week and went on to win best short film at Southport Film Fest, Swindon and won the female voices category at Beeston, and will be playing soon at Exit 6.
A big fan of the horror genre, Keir recently had a slasher project called SHE KNOW’S WHY!!! greenlit by CRYPT TV, completed a horror shot called DO NOT RESUSCITATE and contributed a segment to the lockdown horror anthology film ISOLATION which premiered at London Frightfest 2021.
Keir was selected into BFI Networking x BAFTA Crew in 2021 as a writer/director.