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Mees Peijnenburg

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Mees entered the world of film with his critically acclaimed debut ‘Even Cowboys Get to Cry’ (2013). Since then he’s been twice nominated for a Crystal Bear at Berlinale – for his graduating short and ‘A Hole in my Heart’ (2015) -, won a Golden Calf (aka a Dutch Oscar) with his movie ‘We Will Never Be Royals’ (2015) and received the prestigious Dutch Directors’ Guild Award, granted annually for the most remarkable directing performance of the year. Mees was selected for the 2017 Cinéfondation Résidence, by the Cannes Film Festival, where he started to write his first feature film ‘Paradise Drifters’. The same year he was named as one of the most promising film talents in the Netherlands by the nation-wide newspaper Volkskrant. Most recently, Nowness release his short film ‘Heartbreak Thunder’ (2019).

His creative style experiments with different narrative forms, in which his distinct visual style is constant. He finds inspiration across a depth of formats and has also directed standout music videos and commercial spots.

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Heartbreak Thunder

Heartbreak Thunder

Mees directs this visual poem that charts the reality of a breakup with raw and heartfelt aplomb

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Un Creux Dans Mon Coeur

Un Creux Dans Mon Coeur

Short film we made with Mees in a small town in the north of France, starring local boys without prior acting experience. Official Dutch Oscar entry.

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Holland Casino

Holland Casino

Grand and dynamic, Mees directs a series of films for Holland Casino's latest campaign

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ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU is launching in the Netherlands with an integrated campaign fully produced by yours truly

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Jeans by ASOS

Jeans by ASOS

We ventured to LA to create an online campaign for Jeans by ASOS. Mees created magic with his cool aesthetic and uncanny style.

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Patta X Carhartt

Patta X Carhartt

Together with the Patta crew we went to Paris to shoot a short fashion film for their 2nd Carhartt colab, starring performance artist Oko Ebombo.

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Ja Natúúrlijk!

Ja Natúúrlijk!

Mees directed this mini documentary in a small French village for a short music promo to introduce Holland's biggest rap act's new album.

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We Will Never Be Royals

We Will Never Be Royals

Golden Calf (aka a Dutch Oscar) winning film about a withdrawn seventeen-year-old and his fiery sister

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Even Cowboys Get to Cry

Even Cowboys Get to Cry

When Sven provokes a fight after an evening out in Amsterdam his best friend ends up in a coma, and nothing is the same as before.

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We Were Wolves

We Were Wolves

We Were Wolves is a fragmented short film, directed by Mees Peijnenburg in his third year of film school.

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