Directed by Barzan Rostami, the 7-minute animation is taking part in the competition program of the British fest’s 5th edition.
The animation 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,” an international fest 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 Ojai Film Festival 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. The 13th Smaragdni eco film festival in Croatia also 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.
Sussex-based Crossing the Screen Film Festival is an international event to showcase innovative and independent forms of visual art from all over the world.
The 5th edition of the event, slated for November 26-29, is being held online-only, for the first time, due to the current emergency of Covid-19.