Ülo Pikkov (1976) is an internationally renowned filmmaker, producer and film scholar. Pikkov studied animation at the Turku Arts Academy in Finland and since 1996 has directed several award-winning animation films (“Empty Space”, “Tik-Tak”, “Body Memory”, “The End”, “Dialogos”). 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. Pikkov is the author of “Animasophy, Theoretical Writings on the Animated Film” (2011). For 10 years Pikkov was the associate professor of the Animation Department in the Estonian Academy of Arts supporting new talents in the Estonian animation scene.