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Peter Sollett

Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Peter Sollett graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short film FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING was awarded the Best Short Film Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.

His first feature film, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS was developed with the support of the Sundance Institute in 2001. The film premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where it was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn/Fireworks Films.

Continuing on the international circuit the film was recognized at festivals in Toronto, London, San Sebastian and Deauville where it was awarded the Grand Prix. Sollett returned to Sundance for the film's North American premiere in 2003. Released theatrically in March of that year, RAISING VICTOR VARGAS ran for six months in major markets earning critical praise and five Independent Spirit Award nominations.

In 2008, his second feature, NICK AND NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, the film was released by Sony Pictures to critical acclaim.  

His third feature, FREEHELD stars Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell and Michael Shannon. The film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was acquired by Lionsgate Entertainment who released it in 2015.

His forthcoming feature film, Metal Lords will be produced by Netflix.  

Sollett has also directed episodic television for HBO, Hulu and others.

He’s continued his involvement with the Sundance Institute as a festival jury member and as a creative advisor at the Directors Lab, a month long workshop supporting emerging filmmakers.