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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, 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, set in early 1960s Iceland, stars Jason Schwartzman and Jake Johnson.

In 2015, the multi-talented Peers 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 character whizz William. Peers’ books have charmed critics and readers alike.

Awards

Shortlisted for LovelyBooks Leserpreis, Shortlisted for the Storytel Awards See full list
Brest European Short Film Festival (Grand Prix) France – To Plant a Flag 2019
Nordisk Panorama Nominee (Best Short Film) – To Plant a Flag 2019
Edda Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) Iceland – To Plant a Flag 2019
UR Award (Best Short Film) Sweden – To Plant a Flag 2018
Norwegian Short Film Festival (Prix UIP Grimstad) Norway – Sniffer Sniffer 2006
Amanda Awards Nominee (Best Short Film) Norway – Sniffer Sniffer 2006
Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival (Best Short Film) France – Sniffer Sniffer 2006
Cannes Film Festival (Norman McLaren Award) France – Sniffer Sniffer 2006
European Film Awards Nominee (Best European Short Film) – Sniffer Sniffer 2006
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Filmography

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‘To Plant a Flag’ winner of the Grand Prix at Brest European Short Film Festival

Bobbie Peers’ short film To Plant a Flag, starring Jake Johnson and Jason Schwartzman, is the winner of the prestigious Grand Prix at Brest European Short Film Festival. The festival showcases the creativity and dynamism of European filmmaking and is known as one of the two top short film festivals in France.

‘To Plant a Flag’ showing at the Smithsonian

Bobbie Peers’ award-winning short film To Plant a Flag is now showing at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum as part of their 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo missions, including the first Moon landing.

‘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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