P:O.V. No.9 - The Sheep Thief: Data on the film and director


Asif Kapadia
(UK, 1997), 23 minutes, 16 mm, color

Principal production credits

Written and directed by
Director of Photography
Production Designer
Sound Design
Asif Kapadia
Roman Osin
Victoria Harwood
Andy Shelley
Victoria Connell
Hugo Lawrence
Dario Marionelli


Abdul Rehman
Soaib Bhai Karimbhai
Jigar Bhai Bikhabhai
Kokila Behen Mahendra

Festivals and Prizes include:

1997 Grand Prix, 12th Short Film Festival, Brest
Prix de la Mise en Scène, Poitiers Film Festival
1998 Best Film Award, VIII International Film Festival Message to Man, St. Petersburg
Best Short Fiction Award, 47th Melbourne International Film Festival
Most Promising Director, 7th International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv
International Prix d'Aaton, 51st International Film Festival of Locarno
International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand
Cannes Film Festival, official selection
1999 Best Short Film, 14th Iranian International Festival of Film
Silver Jury Prize, New York Expo of Short Film & Video

Asif Kapadia

In 1994, Asif Kapadia graduated with honors from the University of Westminster where he specialized in screenwriting. It was here that he wrote and directed Indian Tales, which won the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival, was screened at festivals in New York, Toronto, and the UK, and broadcast by British and Canadian television. The Sheep Thief was his graduation film at the Royal College of Art and was shot in Rajasthan, India. Asif Kapadia has made commercials and trailers, and has directed/produced short dramas, documentaries and insert films for both the BBC and Carlton Television. He is presently developing feature film projects, including The Coward, a magical folk tale set in India.

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