Priit Pärn was born in 1946 in Tallinn, Estonia. He lives and works in Tallinn.
Pärn graduated from the department of biology of Tartu University in 1970. He has been active as a caricaturist and illustrator since the end of the 1960s. Pärn is the legend of international animated film. He began his career in a courageous and rebellious way, deep in the times of Communism, when Estonia was one of the Soviet republics. His achievements prove that animated film is a discipline which can successfully deal with essential and difficult political and social issues and human condition. He can give the form of film expression even to the shameful, hidden features of human psyche.
Often, the films by Priit Pärn comment upon political systems and movements or the condition of the society. He rejects images soothing to the eye and instead chooses vivid colours which worry and annoy the viewers. His unique style, characterised by black humour and surrealism, has become an inspiration for a new generation of young film-makers. Pärn is the head of the animation department of the Estonian Academy of Arts since 2006.
Pärn has received four lifetime achievement awards: from ASIFA and from the Fredrikstadt, Cracow and Zagreb film festivals. Pärn has made 12 animated films of longer duration as director, scriptwriter and art director. He has made numerous short films and commercials. He is a member of the European Film Academy since 2008.