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Pritt Pärn

Vivaldi Summer

There is no one SUMMER for everybody. It depends what relation you have with summer, what point of view you have. We would say that summer is very eclectic. The same about our techniques. We used charcoal drawings and acrylic paintings on vertical surfaces. Result of drawing or painting was shot frame-by-frame. Some scenes have been made under the camera: graphite and charcoal animation on paper, white board markers on glass. In combination with drawing we also used some elements of cut outs. Some fragments of scenes have been made in TvPaint and composed in After Effect.

Priit Pärn, born 1946 in Tallinn, graduated from the Department of Biology of University of Tartu in 1970. 

He has been active as a caricaturist and illustrator since the end of the 1960’s and has done more and more work as a freelance graphic artist since the early 1980’s. Over the past 35 years Pärn has had over 50 solo exhibitions in various European countries. 

From 1976 to 1994 he worked as an art director and animated film director at the Joonisfilm animated film department of Tallinnfilm Studios and from 1994  at Eesti Joonisfilm Studio. Priit Pärn has made 13 animated films of duration up to 45 minutes as well as a host of short films, commercials, etc., for which he received more than 80 prizes in international top festivals.  He also received the „ASIFA Life Achievement Award“ in 2002 and 7 another life time achievements awards from different festivals as Etiuda and Anima (Poland), Fredrikstad animation Film Festival(Norway), Zagreb Anifest (Croatia), La Luna di Valencia (Spain) and Dragon of Dragons Krakow Film Festival (Poland).

Pärn has been a jury member on more than 50 internationals film festivals and had about the same number of retrospectives in different places of the world. 

Priit has illustrated more than 40 books for children and for grown-ups. As caricaturist and illustrator he collaborated with number of journals over the past 35 years. One of his comic-books from 1980 ‘’Upside down’’ became a legend and evergreen hit not only in Estonia.  

Pärn has also worked as a teacher over the past 28 years. He has taught at film schools and had workshops in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Holland, France, England, Turkey, Australia, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, China and Japan. In 1994 Pärn founded the Animation studies in Turku and was artistic director of Animation Department of the Turku Art Academy in Finland until 2007. In 2006 Pärn established animation studies in Estonian Academy of Arts. From 2019 he is emeritus professor of Estonian Academy of Arts and Professor of Free Arts at Tartu University.

From 2008 Pärn is a member of European Film Academy.