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.

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


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list: No dialogues

Downloadable trailer: Click here

Excerpts: coming soon