Film-maker and animator Priit Pärn receives Dragon of Dragons award
The eminent Estonian animated film-maker Priit Pärn will be honored with the Dragon of Dragons award for his entire creative output at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.
Since 1998, the Dragon of Dragons award has been given by the Krakow Film Foundation Programme Council, the organiser of Krakow Film Foundation, in appreciation of the input in the development of the documentary and animated film in the world. Past winners of this award include such outstanding artists as Kazimierz Karabasz, Bohdan Kosiński, Allan King, Albert Maysles, Werner Herzog, Jonas Mekas, Helena Trestíková, Stephen and Timothy Quay, Raoul Servais, Jerzy Kucia and Paul Driessen. This year's Dragon of Dragon goes to the acclaimed Estonian film-maker Priit Pärn.
Pärn is an award-winning animated film-maker, illustrator, lecturer in film schools around the world. He is one of the best-known and honoured people in the history of animated film. He has so far directed 13 animated films, received over 80 awards, four of which were honorary awards. Pärn became a member of European Film Academy in 2008.
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 films Divers In The Rain (2010) and Pilots on the Way Home (2014).
For years, Pärn has taught in many film schools in Finland, Germany, Spain, Australia, Canada, China and Japan, among others. Since 2006, he manages the animation faculty at the Estonian Academy of Fine Arts.
Krakow Film Festival is one of the oldest film events dedicated to documentary, animated and short fiction films in Europe, organized every year since 1961. During 7 festival days viewers have an opportunity to watch about 250 films from Poland and abroad.