a film by

Estonia | 16' | 01/2022 | animation

A father and his son are losing the folkrace. In order to win, the boy turns himself into a car tire. Loosely inspired by the director's childhood, Sierra pulls us into the surreal car racing world.

Square Eyes - LAURIERS 2022International-black
Square Eyes - LAURIERS 2022International-black

Sander Joon


Sander Joon uses animation to create surreal worlds with a dash of humour. His films have previously travelled to festivals such as Annecy, DOK Leipzig, Ottawa, Go Short, Stuttgart, Fredrikstad, Kaboom, Supertoon, Animateka and GLAS. He has attended the Open Workshop artist residency in Viborg twice and is now teaching animation at the Estonian Academy of Arts, where he has received a master’s degree in animation. Besides films he has animated a music video for Tommy Cash, participated in a popular commercial for Rick and Morty and has been a VJ to numerous events. Sander also worked as a 2D artist for the multi-awarded film The Old Man Movie (2019). His previous short Sounds Good (2018) won awards from Stuttgart, Fredrikstad, SUPERTOON and PÖFF Shorts.


  • Sierra (short animation, 2022)
  • Sounds Good (short animation, 2018)
  • Moulinet (short animation, 2017)
  • Velodrool (short animation, 2015)
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Director: Sander Joon
Screenplay: Sander Joon
Producer: Erik Heinsalu, Aurelia Aasa
Animators: Henri Veermäe, Valya Paneva, Teresa Baroet, Sander Joon
Background Artist: Hleb Kuftseryn
Sound Design: Matis Rei
Editor: Sander Joon
Composer: Misha Panfilov
Compositor: Sander Joon


  • Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France (28 January 28 – 5 February, 2022)
    International Competition
  • Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt (17 – 23 March, 2022)
    Short Animation Competition
  • REGARD – Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay, Canada (23 – 27 March, 2022)
    Official Competition
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (23 – 27 March, 2022)
    Bill Douglas Award Competition Special Mention
  • Akbank Short Film Festival, Turkey (21 – 31 March, 2022)
  • Carrousel International du Film de Rimouski, Canada (26 March – 3 April, 2022)
  • Martovski Festival – Belgrade Documentary And Short Film Festival, Serbia (29 March – 3 April, 2022)
  • Go Short – International Short Film Festival, Netherlands (1 – 10 April, 2022)
    International Competition + Educational Programme


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: No dialogues

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: coming soon

Press Quotes

“there’s a particular sense of duality that captures the charms of ‘Sierra’ and the film embraces its own ambivalence in a way that is rarely seen on screen.
Review: Sierra – Racing with Love – Savina Petkova