Mees was born in Amsterdam and graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2013. He was twice nominated for a Crystal Bear at the Berlinale Film Festival for his short films Even Cowboys Get to Cry (2013) and A Hole in My Heart (2015) and won a Golden Calf (aka a Dutch Oscar) for We Will Never Be Royals (2015). 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 has been selected for the Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Résidence where he wrote his first feature film Paradise Drifters, which premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival in 2020.