Ülo Pikkov


Ülo is an internationally renowned filmmaker, producer and film scholar. He is the manager and producer for documentary and animation films in Silmviburlane. He studied animation at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland and since 1996 has directed several award-winning animation films. He has published articles on film and written fiction books for children and adults. In 2005 he graduated from the Institute of Law in University of Tartu, focusing on the media and author’s rights. He was also the member and chairman of Audiovisual Art's Endowment at the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the chairman of the board at the Estonian Filmmakers Association.

Ülo is the author of Animasophy. Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film (2010) and Anti-Animation: Textures of Eastern European Animated Film (2018). He completed his PhD studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts and works there as a professor and head of the Animation Department supporting new talents in the Estonian animation scene. In 2023/2024 Ülo was a visiting scholar at the Rhode Island School of Design (USA).

Ülo is a member of the Estonian Filmmakers Association, Estonian Documentary Guild, Estonian Animation Union and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.