ÉCU 2018 is in the works and the submissions are as impressive as ever! We are thrilled by the great independent films that are arriving daily and would love to share with you some of the trailers to the films that we are receiving. Enjoy!

The Watchmaker by Marie-Cécile Embleton

This week’s very interesting submission trailer is called “The Watchmaker”  and was submitted by Marie-Cécile Embleton in the European documentary category. It is a poetic portrait of an Iranian watchmaker, whose philosophical musings on craft invite us to reflect on how we engage with time in a fast paced world.

CUT by Eva Sigurdardottir

We have another ÉCU 2018 interesting submission trailer for you to watch. This is called “Cut” by Eva Sigurdardottir (UK, Iceland) in the category European Dramatic Short. The film tells the story about 17 year old Chloe, a victim of revenge porn who has decided to enter a Fitness modelling competition in order to change her image. We are taken on a journey with Chloe where she fights to regain control of her image.

MARVIN by Heather Rodgers

More beautiful films coming our way and one of them is Heather Rodgers’ (UK) “Marvin”. Film was an experiment from the beginning to the end and is a unique combination of traditional hand drawn or stop motion animation which incorporates also digital animation, resulting in a distinctive style that plays strongly on texture and colour. Film is about a man who is trying to fit in when all he does is stand out.

ZER by Kazim Öz

We have a new ÉCU 2018 submission trailer to share with you and this time, it’s film by Turkish director Kazim Öz “Zer”, submitted in category European Dramatic Feature. Zer is the story of a song, whispered to Jan’s ear on his grandmother’s deathbed. A survivor of Dersim Massacre, Zarife hid her identity, her past in her memory of this song. Raised in NYC, Jan begins a journey through Kurdistan, searching for his grandma’s past and his own self.

STARDUST by Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier

Time for another ÉCU 2018 Submission trailer, submitted in category European Music Video. Director Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier made the video for the French band “Next is Best”. Story goes like this – within Death’s lair, a young girl wanders through the darkness, chased by mysterious shadows. In this mystical journey between dreams and fatality, she will have to dance for her salvation.

NOTHING HAPPENS by Uri Kranot and Michelle Kranot

We are happy to share another submission trailer from ÉCU Alumni – NOTHING HAPPENS by Uri Kranot and  Michelle Kranot in category European Animated Film. It is the spectacle of watching and being watched.

AZIZA by Jochem de Vries

AZIZA was submitted to ÉCU 2018 in the category European Dramatic Short.
It follows the secrete love story of 20-year-old Aziza, she is from a Moroccan background, living in Amsterdam with her family, and accidentally becomes pregnant which leads to the unraveling of her family’s hiden truths.

The Full Story by Daisy Jacobs

ÉCU Alumni, Daisy Jacobs submitted her new life-size animated film, The Full Story (2017) which is set in the divorce boom of the 1980s.


Wasati film Trailer فيلم وسطي by Ali Kalthami
The film Wasati, by Ali Kalthami was submitted to ÉCU 2018 in the category of Arab Special Selection and is based on true events that shook Riyadh, when a group of extremists attacked a theater.

Puya – In the Circle of Time Trailer by Shahbaz Noshir 
The German film, Puya – In the Circle of Time, directed by Shahbaz Noshir was submitted to ÉCU 2018 in the category of European Dramatic Feature. It follows the struggle of Puya, a German-Iranian filmmaker who has struggled for nearly 30 years to create his feature length film.

Stay tuned for more trailers!

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