Estonian animation

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival to have a special Estonia focus

The Hiroshima International Animation Festival, held biennially in the namesake Japanese city, is to have an intensive focus on Estonian animation this year. The festival was inspired by the city’s tragic history. Hiroshima was the first city targeted by a nuclear weapon near the end of World War II and the city …

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An Estonian-Canadian-Croatian collaboration is up for a European animation award

“Manivald”, a 13-minute animation directed by Chintis Lundgren and co-produced by Canada, Croatia and Estonia, is a nominee at the European Animation Awards competition. This article is published in collaboration with the Estonian Film Institute. Directed by Estonian-born Chintis Lundgren, the animation is a tragicomic story of the 33-year old Manivald …

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Estonian animation wins three awards in Brazil

An Estonian short animation, “The Master”, was awarded with prizes for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Script at the International Animation film festival Lanterna Mágica in Goiânia, Brazil. The goal of the Lanterna Mágica film festival, that took place from 13-18 June, is to offer the audience high quality …

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Estonian animation studio holds cartoon workshops for Estonian-American children

An Estonian animation studio is holding workshops in the United States for Estonian-American children who want to learn about creating animations. The project is a brainchild of the Estonian animator, Kreeta Käeri, who has been building puppets and doing stop-motion animation since 2006. “Animation speaks to everyone in a way …

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Estonian animator Riho Unt wins the jury award at the Annecy Film Festival

The Estonian veteran film director, Riho Unt, won the jury award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (AIAFF) for his animation, “The Master”. The award is considered the second most important at the festival and was handed over to Unt by Jeff Small, the president of DreamWorks Studios. In …

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Estonian animation “House of Unconsciousness” wins Grand Prix at the Holland Animation Film Festival

“House of Unconsciousness”, an Estonian animation about “the dreams of chimney sweepers”, has won a Grand Prize at the Holland Animation Film Festival (HAFF). The animation, directed by Priit Tender, is a psychedelic drama about a chimney sweeper and a burning woman. The film is apparently based on a long-term …

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Estonian animation wins a grand prix in Norway

“Pilots on the way Home”, an animation by Priit and Olga Pärn, took home a grand prix prize from the Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2014, held in Norway. The film, made in collaboration between the National Film Board of Canada and Eesti Joonisfilm (Estonian Animation), depicts the journey of three pilots, …

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Lottemaa – the largest family theme park in the Baltic States to open in Estonia

There is Walt Disney’s original theme park Disneyland in southern California in the USA and in Paris in Europe, and Astrid Lindgren’s World – a theme park where children can meet Pippi Longstocking, Emil and Karlsson from the Roof – in Sweden. Finland, Estonia’s neighbour, has Moomin World, based on …

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