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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’ which premiered at the Berlinale 2020, where it was nominated for a Crystal Bear. Also, the film has won a Golden Calf, and Mees himself was named the most promising film talent in the Netherlands by the nationwide newspaper Volkskrant. He is currently working on his second and third feature film.

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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FARFETCH

FARFETCH

A celebration of those small moments of pure serotonin

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Patta x C.P. Company

Patta x C.P. Company

Mees directed a campaign for the new Patta X CP Company collab

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Rimowa

Rimowa

Mees explores the transitional states of solo travel, showcasing the new perspectives brought to a couple.

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Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Mees' new campaign for Louis Vuitton invites for a whimsical departure from earth to an infinite cloudscape that lies beyond

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First Love

First Love

An experimental invocation of Mees' most emblematic motifs—heartbreak and human connection

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Paradise Drifters

Paradise Drifters

Mees' first feature film follows Yousef, Chloe and Lorenzo whose paths intersect in the middle of the concrete jungle

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PAYBOY

PAYBOY

Mees portraits some of Amsterdam’s male sex workers and their personal stories

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Lebara

Lebara

You know what you need the most. Mees directs a visual feast of a campaign film for the telecom brand

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Payboy

Payboy

A portrait of the 35-year-old illegal refugee Sabr who works as a sexworker in Dutch illegal male prostitution.

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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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ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU

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

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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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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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Jeugd van Tegenwoordig

Jeugd van Tegenwoordig

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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T-Mobile

T-Mobile

Mees brings to life the first campaign from T-Mobile after choosing TBWA\NEBOKO as lead agency

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