The Department of Animation was established at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2006. The first undergraduates started their studies in the fall semester of the same year, and the first graduate students started in 2007. The main goal of the programme is to educate internationally successful creators of animated films, providing them with theoretical knowledge and practical skills. And thereby to contribute to the global development of animation as an art form and consolidate the reputation of Estonia in the international cultural landscape as a country with a strong animation school.

Currently, animation is thriving, and developing at a greater pace than ever before. This, primarily, due to the widespread use of the Internet and digital media. Animation has become part of mass culture, and one of its principal forms. Animation can be seen in digital screen graphics, computer games, music videos, films, etc. The basis for any film – including animated film – is the story. The greatest problem in the film world is the lack of good stories. In most of the world’s animation schools students are not taught the art of good story writing. Analysing Hollywood films, and lectures on Aristotelian drama broaden the students’ horizons, but do not help them write scripts for short animated films. In the Department of Animation in EAA the unique script constructing method of prof. Priit Pärn is taught.

Animation is the reality of the future!



Animafest Zagreb will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from the 4th to the 9th of June. Student film "Moulinet" (2017) by Sander Joon has been selected in the Student Film Competition. Sander Joon graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation bachelor degree in 2015 and now continuing his studies in master degree. "Once in the Fields of Boredom" (2017) by Teele Strauss and “A Table ...
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Animation film "Muteum" (2017) by Aggie Pak Yee Lee got a Silver Award and Audience Choice in 23rd Hong Kong IFVA festival last Saturday. Aggie Pak Yee Lee graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation master degree in 2017. Her film "Muteum" has been very successful in international festivals and has been screened in many special programs. Congratulations! Read more about the ...
Heta Jäälinoja film "Penelope" won Best Student Short award at MONSTRA festival in Lisbon. Heta Jäälinoja graduated Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation in 2016 with the film Peneleope, which has had huge success in international film festivals. "Penelope" was selected to compete in MONSTRA Student Competition. The international jury members were Thomas Renoldner, Pedro Vergani, ...
Annecy International Animated Film Festival will take place from the 11th to the 16th of June in France. Two films from Estonian Academy of Arts department of animation have been selected for Annecy 2018 in the graduation films in competition category: Aggie Pak Yee Lee “Muteum” Nicolás Petelski Mesón “A Table Game” Annecy International Animated Film Festival was created in 1960 and it is one ...
The international animation festival MONSTRA started on the 8th of March in Lisbon. A short animation “O Círculo” by Terje Henk was screened at the opening ceremony with live music by Maimu Jõgeda. Terje Henk graduated Estonian Academy of Arts Department of Animation in 2017. At the moment she is in Lisbon with Erasmus+ program. Watch the film here.
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Tampere Film Festival will take place from the 7th to the 11th of March in Finland, Tampere. "Swampfox" by Terje Henk has been selected to the international competition programme. Terje Henk graduated the MA degree in Department of Animation in 2017. A special event "Made in Estonia 100" by Estonian Short Film Center will present a special programme of Estonian Academy of Arts student ...
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MONSTRA Lisbon Animated Film Festival will take place in Portugal, Lisbon from the 8th to the 18th of March. Four student films from Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Animation have been selected in the Student Short Films Competition: Helen Woolston "A Chronic Circus" (2017) Äggie Pak Yee Lee "Muteum" (2017) Heta Jäälinoja "Penelope" (2016) Aili Allas, Anne Mirjam Kraav, Liisi Grünberg ...
“100 aastat liikuvaid pilte” is an exhibition about the history of moving images at Valga Museum. There will be a retrospective programme of animations from the animation department and films by Priit and Olga Pärn.   Find more information here.
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Animac animation film festival will take place in Lleida, in Spain from the 22nd to the 25th of February. Four student films from Estonian Academy of Arts have been selected to this year's programme. "Eluvaim" by Anne Mirjam Kraav has been selected to the Official Section Shorts 1. “Ükskord igavuse väljadel” by Teele Strauss and "Muteum" by Äggie Pak Yee Lee will be screened at Future Talent ...
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ANIFILM 2018 will take place from the 1st to the 6th of May in the Czech Republic, in Trebon. Three of our student films have been selected for the category of Student Films at ANIFILM 2018: "Eluvaim" by Anne Mirjam Kraav "Hе буди" by Evgeniia Golikova "Ükskord igavuse väljadel" by Teele Strauss Congratulations!!! Read more about the festival here.