Los Angeles, California, United States
Peter Sollett graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His student thesis film Five Feet 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 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/Columbia Pictures to critical acclaim.
He also directed Freeheld starring 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.
Currently he’s developing the feature film Match with DreamWorks Studios/Amblin Partners.
He’s also directed television series for HBO, Hulu and NBC.
He’s continued his involvement with the Sundance Institute as a creative advisor at the Directors Lab, a workshop supporting emerging filmmakers.