Philippe’s initial foray into directing began at film school in Paris, where he made documentaries about music: ‘Brackets’, based on the texts of Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs,’ Theatre Musical de Paris – Chatelet’ with Michael Lonsdale and Georges Aperghis. ‘The Festival of Contemporary music- La Rochelle’ provided him with the occasion to perform the ‘Symphonic Poem for 100 Metronomes’ by Gyorgy Ligeti.
After leaving school Philippe wrote and directed a first short film entitled Le Tourbillon de la Vie in homage to François Truffaut.
He worked for the Museum of Modern Art and The Centre Pompidou Paris upon graduation, making videos on their many and varied exhibitions. He also took part in the launching of a cable TV channel, Planete, designing its logos and indents, then Paris Première.
Philippe furthered his film career by transitioning into directing music videos (Placebo, DJ Roger Sanchez, Morcheeba, Faithless, Dido, Youssou N’dour, Texas, Hooverphonic, Amina, Emilie Simon, Zazie, Ute Lemper… ) winning many awards (Victoire de la musique in Paris, Cad’s, Brit’s and Mobo awards in London). Many of Philippe’s videos have been screened at the American Cinémathèque in Hollywood.
He shot Short films produced in London: A Bridge, released in the UK on 250 copies prior to Tarantino’s feature, Jackie Brown. Then Another Chance with Kelly Hutchinson and Joshua Dov, Song to Say Goodbye with Field Cate and Michael Carr.
Short Films and Music videos led naturally to commercials, where Philippe’s reputation has grown to one of international acclaim. His clients include Sony Playstation, Guinness, Adidas, Nissan, Apple…
Philippe is a multi-awarded director (Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, London International Advertising Awards, New York Festival TV Advertising Awards, D&AD, British Arrows Craft Awards, Clio Awards).
His Peugeot 407 Toys ad has been the fourth most awarded ad in the world at the Gunn Report. Philippe had a full report on CNN news as his 90 seconds Ford spot has been the only one featured during the half time commercial break for the Champions League final, shown to 80 millions viewers in 18 countries at one time.
In 2006, Philippe wrote and directed The Rope, starring Natasha Wightman. It was selected by numerous film festivals (Los Angeles International Short film Festival, New York City Big Apple, The San Francisco Independent Film Festival…), and awarded Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film at the 1 Reel Film Festival / Seattle International Film Festival.
In 2013, Philippe wrote and directed Delicate Gravity, starring Yvan Attal and Anne Parillaud. It has been released at Cannes Film Festival 2013 and selected in numerous festivals (Portobello Film Festival in the UK, New York City International Film Festival, Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Bermuda International Film Festival, the 37th Portland International Film festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival in USA, the Unifrance program ‘french cinema’ in Moscow) . It has been awarded Jury Award & Best of Festival Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013 and Best Foreign Short & Best of the Festival Award at the Nevada City Film Festival.
Delicate Gravity has been eligible at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Oscars consideration 2014
In 2015, Philippe directed Everything’s Perfect, starring Eamonn Fleming and Dan Mersh. Segment of the « 25X25 Saatchi&Saatchi Showcase: An Experiment in Film », it has been screened at the MoMA in New York, at the Tate Modern in London, and the BFI (British Film Institute) with a world premiere at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Philippe has co-written two English-language movies: The Briefest Second and Starless (short listed at the Sundance Screenwriter’s lab 2014), and is currently in development of a movie he has co-written and will direct: Elle était une fois.
Philippe is a member of the DGA (Director’s Guild of America) and is represented by WME in Los Angeles and VMA in Paris.