Directed by Barzan Rostami, the 7-minute animation will be shown at the 21st edition of the US event.
It is about understanding and perception of wildlife and environmental abuse, as well as its consequences on the human race.
“A shy, but curious faun ventures into the forest to a hail of gunfire and barely escapes with its life. In a hunter’s cabin, a little boy, hungry for his father’s attention, sneaks into the forest. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted in a story that blends realism with fantastical elements to explore themes of environmental abuse and its consequences for humanity,” the Ojai’s website wrote of ‘Echo’.
The short flick has been presented at a number of global events, including the R.E.D International Film Festival in Norway, the Snake Alley Festival of Film in the US, and the International Tour Film Festival in Italy.
‘Echo’ won an award for Best Short Film at the Southern Cone International Film Festival in Mexico, and the 13th Smaragdni eco film festival in Croatia honored the flick with its best animation award.
Most recently, the Iranian title won the Best Sound Designing award at the 7th Pink City International Short Film Festival in India and the Special Jury Prize at the 18th biannual Włodzimierz Puchalski International Nature Film Festival in Poland.
This year’s edition of the Ojai Film Festival, which will be held online due to the pandemic, is slated for November 6-15.