For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to continue to provide an extremely relevant and important platform for the creative and innovative cinematic storyteller of our generations – of BOTH sexes.
Here is a brief overview of each of our brilliant competitors!
Besieged Bread – DIR Soudade Kaadan
Syria 2015. It’s a long day of smuggling bread to the besieged area. A standing tree is her only shelter. He runs away leaving everything behind him. They both know there is no escape. Tickets here.
Bit-Tuner-Immune – DIR Alice Zurbuchen
This video is about the power of sound, light and rhythm and a journey from firelit darkness into a galactic light. Tickets here.
Cherry Cake – DIR Jaine Green
Whatever your reaction to this surprising and quirky film is, you will never look at your grandmother in the same light again. Tickets here.
Ewert and The Two Dragons – Circles – DIR Helen Takkin
The video tells a story about the suffocating reality when someone you care about decides to leave from your life, and the emotions that arise from this kind of situation. Tickets here.
Forty Days of Pines – DIR Atieh Attarzadeh Firozabad
The filmmaker, who eight years ago sent a loved one to Tehran’s Aminabad mental hospital, never had the courage to visit him. She now returns to the hospital and hands the camera to the patients to film their daily lives. Tickets here.
Moth – DIR Tess Löwenhardt
Elmer works as a night cleaner in a hospital where he comes into contact with a young female drug addict, who dies in the hospital. When she is dead, Elmer wants to experience his deepest fantasy. Tickets here.
My Guardian Angel – DIR Cheyanne Kane, Judy Phu
The bloodied corpse speaks to her — a disembodied voice from the desert. Tickets here.
Prestige Ingredients – DIR Danielle Rubi Dentzel
A stifled, young Hollywood actress slips into a world of mouthwatering delicacies, sweet heartache, and bitter tears when she takes an unlikely job with an inspired rebel chef in Paris, France. Tickets here.
Rainbow Party – DIR Eva Sigurdardottir
In her quest to be accepted by the popular girls in her class, Sofia finds herself sacrificing her true friendships and morals. Whoever said that teenage girls were innocent… well, they were so wrong! Tickets here.
Red-Jadudah – DIR Maida Hals
A wedding photo captures the love for a short moment, a strange moment that might last an eternity. Music video for Jadudah. Tickets here.
Styx Inn – DIR Zhan Wang
In a highly capitalist society where the suicide rate is soaring, a 19-year-old pregnant girl is losing the will to live and decides to use the services of a hotel, the Styx Inn, that specializes in assisted suicides. Tickets here.
Tatuape Mahal Tower – DIR Fernanda Salloum & Carolina Markowicz
Javier Juarez Garcia, an Argentinian scale model figure, decided to live in Sao Paulo. After a betrayal, he wants to change his life and travels around the world. But he never forgot about his real goal: come back and take revenge from the ones who disappointed him. Tickets here.
The Chicken – DIR Una Gunjak
As a present for her 6th birthday, Selma gets a live chicken. When she realises the animal is going to be killed to feed the family, she decides to save it and set it free, unaware of the high stakes such action will lead to. Tickets here.
The Man of my Life – DIR Mélanie Delloye
When Alice sees Eric kissing another girl, she is devastated. To make matters worse, her rival runs with her in the same relay team. Alice might only be 13 but she is not ready to give up her place so easily. Tickets here.
The Typist – DIR Kristine Stolakis
A gay Korean War Veteran reflects on his time as the office clerk tasked with writing the discharges of outed gay sailors. Tickets here.
Today is the Day – DIR Betsy Haley Hershey
Deep in Mexico, Carlos, an indigenous Tarahumara who left home to be trained as a nurse, has returned to try to save babies and mothers who have been dying at a high rate. Tickets here.
Until 20 – DIR Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba
UNTIL 20 is a documentary about the inspirational life of James Ragan, a Texas native and promising young golfer. What James does after receiving a life threatening diagnosis is a story you’ll never forget. Tickets here.
Women in Sink – DIR Iris Zaki
At a hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a minimalist film set over the washing-basin. As she washes their hair, she converses candidly with the salon’s clients, who are Arab and Jews, on topics ranging from politics to love. Tickets here.