Priit and Olga Pärn’s animated film Pilots on the Way Home won the Grand Prix at the Fredrikstad International Animated Film Festival in Norway

Eesti Joonisfilm Studio is pleased to announce that Priit and Olga Pärn’s newest animated film Pilots on the Way Home participated in the Fredrikstad International Animated Film Festival and won the Grand Prix. Fredrikstad is one of the oldest and most important animated film festivals in the region of Northern Europe. The winning film from this festival is also a nominee for the following year’s Cartoon d’Or. The Cartoon d’Or is the award for the best animated film of the year in Europe.

The international jury consisting of Tamaki Okamoto, Kine Aune and Kari Pieskä decided to award the festival’s main prize, the Golden Gunnar, to Priit and Olga Pärn. According to the jury, Pilots on the Way Home is a film that makes us travel through multiple layers of deep thought, interest, and love for life. His endless and sincere curiosity and ambition has kept surprising us with a new horizon in the animated films, especially in this film with a striking use of sand.

The 16-minute Pilots on the Way Home was made using a completely innovative sand animation technique and was completed as a coproduction between Eesti Joonisfilm and the National Film Board of Canada. The inspiration for this film comes from a charcoal drawing by Priit Pärn with the same title and tells the story of the long and arduous journey home of three pilots where the heat of the desert alternates with the icy winds of the mountains, quagmires and mosquitoes. In between hopeless days, however, are nights filled with fantasy and eroticism.

This film is the 2nd part of Olga and Priit Pärn’s trilogy on the world of men.

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