Edmunds Jansons

Edmunds Jansons

Edmunds Jansons was born in 1972 in Saldus, Latvia. He studied TV directing at Academy of Culture, has taken animation directing course at VGIK in Moscow,  but recently graduated MA at Estonian Academy of Art -  the masterclass led by Priit Pärn.  In 2002 Edmunds founds animation film studio Atom Art.  Studio tends to be a platform for young talented animators and their experiments. In the last years Atom Art has become one of the most noticeable creatively active Latvian animation studios. The films produced by Atom Art has been selected at the festivals all over the world, such as Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, HAFF, Stuttgart, Zagreb, Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand, Dok Leipzig, Encounters, Anima Mundi and many others, and has been awarded in many of them. Studio works in variety of techniques – drawing, sand animation, animation with charcoal, puppet and cut out animation. There is also a big variety of animation genres – magical realism, animated documentary, musical, absurd, animated tv series for pre-schoolers a.o. Edmunds has worked as tutor of animation directing at Academy of Art and Academy of Culture of Latvia.   He is also film expert at Culture Endowment Fund and National Film Centre of Latvia. Besides his initial work Edmunds is recognized and beloved award winning children’s book illustrator. His books “Year of Wonderbaby” and “Poop and Springtime” has been awarded J.Baltvilks Best illustrations award and had been included in IBBY honor list. Each film has its own story of how it began. One begins with some sort of event while another with a vivid visual image. "The Isle of Seals” began with a peculiar place and its environment.

Isle of Seals (2014)


The Special Prize of Jury at “Sommets du cinéma d’animation”, Canada


Renzo Kinoshita Award at 15th IAF HIROSHIMA, Japan

Jury Special Award at Animafest Zagreb, Croatia

Sound & Music Award at the LIAF, London, UK


Graduation Film Award at 21st IAFF KROK, Russia

Best Student’s Film Award at 10th WFAF VARNA, Bulgaria

SHAMMIES 6 x 5' (2010-2015)

Special Prize “Best Film for Young Children (Ages 2-5) at 29th CICFF, USA

Silver Award for The Best Animated TV series at Xiamen IAF, China


Special Distinction Award at 15th SICAF, South Korea


Grand Prix at Tallinn Graphic Triennale, Estonia