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Bobbie Peers

    Bobbie Peers (b. 1974) made his mark on Norwegian film history in 2006, when he won a Palme d’Or for his short film Sniffer, which he both wrote and directed. Since then and after graduating London International Film School, Peers has been active as a screenwriter and director for television, short films and numerous commercials. In 2015 Peers’ debut feature film Dirk Ohm – The Disappearing Illusionist hit the cinemas.

    In 2018, Peers’ eagerly awaited new short film To Plant a Flag premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The drama comedy short stars Jason Schwartzman and Jack Johnson and is set in early 1960s Iceland.

    In 2015 the multi-talented Peer also made his debut as a children’s books author. William Wenton and the Luridium Thief, is the first book in the award-winning series featuring the code breaking whizz William, which has charmed critics and readers alike.

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    ‘To Plant a Flag’ shortlisted for an Edda Award

    Bobbie Peers’ To Plant a Flag has been shortlisted for a 2019 Edda Award in Iceland. The category which To Plant a Flag is nominated in is ‘Best Short Film’.

    The Edda Award is an accolade bestowed by The Icelandic Film and Television Academy (Íslensku Kvikmynda- og Sjónvarpsverðlaunin), and is the most prominent film and television award in Iceland. The winning works will be announced at the Edda Festival of 2019, held on February 22 in Austurbæ and broadcast on RÚV, the national public-service broadcasting organization of Iceland.

    ‘To Plant a Flag’ a big festival hit

    Earlier this year, Bobbie Peers’ To Plant a Flag won the UR Award for ‘Best Short’ at Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden’s premier short film festival. The applauded short then went on to play at the international film festivals of Winterthur, Toronto, Chicago, Warsaw, Hamptons, ZubrOFFka, Les Arcs and NexT.

    To Plant a Flag will continue its world tour next year, screening at Australia’s leading international film festival Flickerfest and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the world’s premiere cinema event dedicated to short films.

    Bobbie Peers winner of the UR Award for Best Short

    Bobbie Peers’ short film To Plant a Flag, starring Jake Johnson and Jason Schwartzman, is the winner of the Uppsala International Short Film Festival’s UR Award. The Uppsala International Short Film Festival is Sweden’s premier short film festival.

    The jury motivates its choice of To Plant a Flag thusly:

    “An astonishing story where aspiring plans face unforeseen real-world obstacles. With a silly sense of humor an encounter is portrayed between dissimilar worlds where cultures and expectations collide. This wonderful fusion of excellent screenwriting, skillful acting and beautiful footage will leave the viewer with a film experience beyond the usual.”

    Bobbie Peers’ ‘To Plant a Flag’ to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival

    Palme d’Or winner Bobbie Peers’ new short film To Plant a Flag will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

    Peers, who has both written the screenplay and directed the 15 minute long drama comedy, is joined by a cast comprising of among else Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom, Darjeeling Limited) and Jake Johnson (New Girl, Jurassic World).

    Schwartzman and Johnson play the roles of two hapless NASA trainees sent to the lunar landscapes of Iceland in the early 1960s. Their mission is to train for the 1969 moon landing, but even before leaving Earth the would-be astronauts encounter trouble in the form of an Icelandic sheep farmer. Bobbie Peers’ deft direction ensures no comedic opportunity goes lost in this visually stunning and on the mark short film.

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