Sander Joon is a young film director from Estonia who has already won numerous awards for his animated films. His debut film ‘Velodrool’ from 2015 already made big waves and thrilled audiences at film festivals in Canada, Australia and France, among others, with its black-humoured story of a cigarette addict who takes part in a bicycle race to win a pack of cigarettes. This was followed by ‘Moulinet’ in 2017 and ‘Sounds Good’ just a year later.
While he tackled more general themes in his first films, the latest short, ‘Sierra’ from 2022, represents his most personal and at the same time most successful film to date. What unites these projects, however, is a certain surreality and the exploration of experimental possibilities.
Sander Joon also worked as a 2D artist for the multi-award-winning film ‘The Old Man Movie’ in 2019. In addition to these films, he further animated a music video for Tommy Cash and participated in a famous commercial for Rick and Morty.
But it is not only as a director and artist that he excels and enriches the animation film industry. Since 2020, he has been teaching Traditional Animation at his former university, the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, thus passing on his knowledge and skills to the next generation of artists.
In his “In Persona” programme, Sander Joon presents his own short films as well as works that have inspired and influenced him in his creative work and gives an exclusive preview on his upcoming projects, of which he shows a bunch of characters.