Mees Peijnenburg is a director based in Amsterdam. Mees graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2013. He was twice nominated for a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale, Berlin Film Festival, for his short films A Hole in my Heart and Even Cowboys Get to Cry, and won a Golden Calf (aka a Dutch Oscar) with his movie We Will Never Be Royals. In 2016 Mees received the prestigious Dutch Directors’ Guild Award for A Hole in my Heart, awarded annually for the most remarkable directing performance of the year. Mees have been selected for the Cinéfondation Résidence, by the Cannes Film Festival, were he wrote his first feature film Paradise Drifters, which premiered at the Berlinale - Berlin Film Festival in 2020.
It goes without saying that these films have been incredibly well received and placed Mees as a strong voice of the defining new wave of current filmmakers. His creative style experiments with different narrative forms, in which his distinct visual style is constant.