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This year ÉCU -The European Independent Film Festival is proud to announce that we are hosting seven world premieres!

Not only is a world premier an exciting event for the audience, but also an intense and emotional experience for the filmmaker. “It’s the first time the film is seen by the public. The entire future course of the film’s life will be determined by that first public screening,” explains Stephen David Brooks director of FLYTRAP, a sci-fi feature film premiering on April 11th. The way the audience responds decides success completely, therefore a premier is a big deal because it’s the first chance most independent filmmakers get to see an audience reaction.

Even though it can be a very stressful experience for the directors, it is also very exciting to see the reaction of the audience after so many hours and hard work were put into making it. Stephen continues, “I can’t wait. This will be the first time people who have not worked on the film get to see it. The audience has no idea what went into the making of the film. They only know what they see on screen. And since that is open to interpretation…well. At this point anything can happen. And that is what makes this so exciting”.

What determines a successful film premiere? Stephen answers that he hopes that the audience leaves with “a sense of awe. I want them to look at their world a little differently. Look at each other differently and realize that what they take for granted every day of their lives may just be an illusion.

Be sure to catch Stephen David Brooks and his film FLYTRAP and all the other world premieres at the ÉCU Film Festival April 10th- 12th!

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The list of world premiere films screening at ÉCU are:
Flytrap

FLYTRAP (Director: Stephen David Brooks, April 11th at 15:33)
FLYTRAP mixes sci-fi with dark humor to tell the story of a reserved English Astronomer who becomes ensnared by the mysterious Mary Ann and her creepy and dangerous comrades.

Here Lies

HERE LIES (Director: Duncan Ward, April 11th at 12:25)
A film about filmmaking and the struggles involved in the creative process: artistic, technical, financial and personal. Director Duncan Ward sets out to make a biopic about controversial artist Ernst Hellmann, notorious for his misogyny, his tortured female nudes, hell raising lifestyle, and mysterious demise. 

Tatooine

TATOOINE (Director: Ken Duken, April 11th at 12:21)
The video with its traditional and elegant music is very simple but profound: sand, wind and the majestic light play a central role in the video.

Exit Road

EXIT ROAD (Director: Yuri Alves, April 11th at 17:32)
Dane thought he left his personal demons and his drug addiction behind him, but his first day out of prison challenges both his promise to go clean and his very survival.

The Shoot

THE SHOOT (Directors: John Adams and Toby Poser, April 12th at 14:23)
A fashion shoot in the desert goes horribly wrong when two hardup rockers try their luck at robbing it.

Loop

LOOP (Director: Andy Wijckelsma, April 12th at 14:29)
The story of a woman who can no longer escape from an infernal party.

Aboveboard

ABOVEBOARD (Directors: Sam Gilmore and Felix Jude West, April 12th at 16:12)
Robert a chief superintendent helps Mike, a veteran officer, to build his false defense before going in front of civil jury. But day-by-day it is more evident that Mike is incriminated.

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