The eminent Estonian animated film-maker Priit Pärn will be honoured with the Dragon of Dragons award for his entire creative output at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.
He studied biology at the University of Tartu, and then he worked in the botanical garden in Tallinn. He began his career in animated film as a design maker in Rein Raamat’s Kilplased. For 18 years he worked as artistic director and animated film section director at Tallinnfilm Studios, since 1994 he has worked for Eesti Joonisfilm Studio. So far, Prit Pärn directed 13 animated films, received over 80 awards, four of which were honorary awards. He is often a jury member at many film festivals in the world. Since 2008, he is a member of European Film Academy.
His significant works include, among others, Breakfast On The Grass (1987) – a glance at Communist reality, associated with the painting by Edouard Manet, the film 1895 (1995) about unknown facts from the lives of Lumière brothers and Karl And Marilyn (2003), confronting capitalism and socialism. For some time, Pärn has been working with his wife Olga, and the result of this co-operation includes the award-winning film Divers In The Rain (2010), a thrilling story about a peculiar couple, a diver and a dentist, who work on different shifts and pass each other by as a result.
Often, the films by Pritt Pärn comment upon political systems and movements or the condition of the society. He rejects images soothing to the eye and instead chooses vivid colours which worry and annoy the viewers. His unique style, characterised by black humour and surrealism, became an inspiration for a new generation of young film-makers. For many years, the Estonian director has been a teacher in many film schools, among others, in Finland, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, China and Japan. Since 2006, he manages the animation faculty at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts.
Priit Pärn is the legend of international animated film. He began his career in a courageous and rebellious way, deep in the times of Communism, when Estonia was one of the Soviet republics. His achievements prove that animated film is a discipline which can successfully deal with essential and difficult political and social issues and human condition. He can give the form of film expression even to the shameful, hidden features of human psyche. He enjoys respect and trust in international artistic community, and by his artistic activity and the results of his teaching, he contributes to make the little Estonia a radiating cultural superpower. The respects and trust of his fellow countrymen helps him to do it, as Professor Jerzy Kucia describes the Dragon of Dragons laureate.
Priit Pärn is also known as caricaturist and illustrator. His works have been shown at over 30 individual exhibitions across Europe and Canada.
The Dragon of Dragons award ceremony for the Estonian artist is held at the 55th Krakow Film Festival on 2 June 2015 in the cinema Kijów. Centrum.