Every year ÉCU receives great films from all around the World, and it makes us delighted to see so much creativity everywhere. Check out the trailers of some of those submitted films!

HAIKU is one of the European Experimental Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Martin Gerigk.

SYNOPSIS: “Haiku | 俳句” is a symphonic audiovisual project for two Japanese performers, alternating percussion groups, soundscapes and rhythmicized video sequences. The film is an experimental approach to pay tribute to the extraordinary art of Japanese haiku poetry.

QUATRE-MAINS is one of the European Documentaries submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Belgian director Lander Haverals.

SYNOPSIS: Child of victims and child of perpetrators, yet they became friends for life. Simon Gronowski and Koenraad lost almost everything in World War II, but they found each other.

THE SUN IS CLOSE TO ME is one of the European Experimental Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Greek director Effie Emmanouilidi.

SYNOPSIS: Starting from an idyllic scenery of summer vacation, this abstract, meditative, art film is exploring the vast and dreamy world of female sexuality, the warmth of it, the fluidity of it.

ALLAN ELLEN is one of the European Dramatic Feature submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Spanish director Juan Ros.

SYNOPSIS: Allan and Ellen are living a serious crisis in their life after many years together. Through their subconscious they will travel together to a desert, in which they will face their fears with the intention of recovering the love they have lost.

UNLOCKING THE DOORS OF CINEMA is one of films submitted to ÉCU 2021 for the Arab Special Selection, by director Nezar Andary.

SYNOPSIS: A feature documentary exploring the amazing 50-years career of the daring Syrian auteur Muhammed Malas. From the 1967 War and the Palestinian camps in Beirut, to the political tragedies of Syria, Malas’ works contemplate the meaning of loss, memory, and home.

YOUNG, FRAGILE is one of the Student Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by German director Joscha Bongard.

SYNOPSIS: At times of changing gender roles, a tinder date encourages young Leonid to live his own definition of “masculinity”. A current reflection on love, sexuality and role models.

IF WE SMARTEN UP is one of the European Dramatic Short submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Larisa Faber.

SYNOPSIS: After the sale of the family flat, live-in maid Maria finds herself homeless and stranded. Making the most of a desperate situation, she decides to declare the broom cupboard, located on the same floor as her former flat, her new home. Her neighbours however are everything but pleased by this solution. They start to see the elderly maid as an intrusion into their lives, devaluing their properties, stealing their doormats, and can’t help but wonder how they could get rid of her.

Aves – GEM OF THE OCEAN is a European Music Video submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Harun Güler.

SYNOPSIS: Moody and intimate visuals pair perfectly with the haunting vocals of Icelandic artist JDFR to create an unnerving and captivating music video. Following the destructive relationship of two young partygoers, it is about how darkness and light actually coexist in every situation.

A GIRL AND A GUN is a European Comedy Film submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Pierre-Edouard Joubert.

SYNOPSIS: “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun” Godard said. 3 Guys are going to take this quote way too seriously, and try in an absurd way to make a movie with just a girl and a gun.

59 DAYS is one of the European Animated Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Greek director Zina Papadopoulou.

SYNOPSIS: Coronavirus. Staying Home. Three Kids. Stephanos 3 years old, Dionisis 5 years old and Sotiris 9 years old. They can’t see their grandparents. They don’t go to school. A diary. A small documentary.

I, HELP ME is one of the European Dramatic Shorts submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Slovenian director Borij Levski.

SYNOPSIS: What would you do if you find yourself face to face with your own fears, worries, dreams and wishes? Could you talk to your saviour and be honest? Or would you just throw away every information the universe gives us?

COSMOS is one of the European Experimental Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director La Sister.

SYNOPSIS: A story of two destined souls trying to find themselves in reincarnated lives.

A STORY SEWN AND BOUND WITH A RED THREAD is one of the Non-European Dramatic Features submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Japanese director Yuria Matsushita.

SYNOPSIS: In a twisted reinterpretation of the tale of Cinderella, four young daughters suspect that their stepmother is having an affair behind the back of their critically ill father. To reconnect them, the grief-stricken girls devise a sick and dangerous plan, one that they might not survive.

SUBMISSION is one of the European Dramatic Features submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Portuguese director Leonardo Antonio.

SYNOPSIS: Lucia is raped by her husband and presses charges against him. While fighting the Portuguese legal system to get her husband in court, she finds out she is pregnant. The case takes place in closed session wherein Lucia represents the woman in a man’s world.

THE LOST PEN is one of the European Dramatic Shorts submitted to ÉCU 2021, by Turkish director Beraat Gokkus.

SYNOPSIS: Karam is a Syrian poet and journalist who is in exile in France. He is living at the Maison des Journalistes, an association that hosts exiled journalists around the world in Paris. One day Karam loses a pen, that was a gift from his mother who lost her life during the Syrian civil war. Without this pen, Karam cannot write his poems.

CLOSE is one of the Student Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by the Canadian-British duo of filmmakers Emily Bowell and Thomas Attwood.

SYNOPSIS: A single mother has to regain her strength and courage to rescue her missing daughter after discovering she might be closer than expected. More info on how to submit your film on ecufilmfestival.com

DA YIE is one of the European Dramatic Shorts submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Anthony Nti.

SYNOPSIS: A foreigner in Ghana gets an assignment from his gang to find kids for a risky job that will take place later that evening. While spending the day with two energetic children, Prince and Matilda, he starts to question his decision and how it will affect their lives.

SAD BEAUTY is one of the European Animated Films submitted to ÉCU 2021, by director Arjan Brentjes.

SYNOPSIS: In a heavily polluted world, a young woman mourns the disappearance of animal species. When she falls ill due to a bacterial infection, nature appears to send her a message in her hallucinations.

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