Sierra

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.

“Sierra is funny, surreal, and yet, at its core, it’s about love, about our need for intimacy, compassion, and, primarily, connection.”
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“Sierra is funny, surreal, and yet, at its core, it’s about love, about our need for intimacy, compassion, and, primarily, connection.”
Square Eyes - LAURIERS 2022International-black
Square Eyes - Palm Springs BEST OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD-K
Square Eyes - Official-selection

Sander Joon

Biography

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.

Filmography

  • Sierra (short animation, 2022)
  • Sounds Good (short animation, 2018)
  • Moulinet (short animation, 2017)
  • Velodrool (short animation, 2015)
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Crew

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

Festivals

60+ selections, 10+ awards

Select highlights: 

  • 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
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival, United Kingdom (23 – 27 March, 2022)
    Bill Douglas Award Competition Special Mention
  • Filmfest Dresden, Germany (5 – 10 April, 2022)
    International Competition Won: ARTE Short Film Prize & Special Mention from Youth Jury
  • GLAS Animation Festival, United States (6 – 10 April, 2022)
    Official Competition Won: Audience Award
  • 2ANNAS – Riga International Short Film Festival, Latvia (9 – 15 April, 2022)
    Youth Program & Baltic Film Competition Won: Best Baltic Short Film
  • San Francisco International Film Festival, United States (21 April – 1 May, 2022)
    Official Selection Won: Golden Gate Award for Best Short Animation & Oscar Qualifier
  • IndieLisboa International Film Festival, Portugal (28 April – 8 May, 2022)
    International Competition
  • Animatricks International Animation Festival, Finland (19 – 22 May, 2022)
    International Competition Best International Animation
  • Short Waves Festival, Poland (14 – 19 June, 2022)
    International Competition
    & SWF for Seniors Won: Second Prize 
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest, United States (21 – 27 June, 2022)
    Official Selection: Best of Fest & Best Animation Won: Best of Fest & Oscar Qualifier
  • Cinema Jove – International Film Festival of Valencia, Spain (24 June – 2 July, 2022)
    Short Film Competition Won: Best Short Film

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Press materials

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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

“His latest film, Sierra, is a beauty. It’s got a striking, colourful, and rough design style mixed with a heavy dose of deadpan humor and absurd scenes. What makes Sierra somewhat unique (in an Estonian context) is that it’s got a heart.
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