Echo

Ellie avoids verbal communication because she hears an ECHO of -what she thinks to be- the thoughts of the speaker. She survives thanks to her landlady. Manu moves into the apartment across. Day by day, their routines echo each others.

  • Sergio Kotsovoulos
    Director
  • Sergio Kotsovoulos
    Writer
  • Matina Galatsianou
    Writer
  • Dimitris Savvaidis
    Writer
  • Ashkan Rahgozar
    Producer
    The Last Fiction, Jebeer, Juliet and the King
  • Sergio Kotsovoulos
    Producer
  • Dimitris Savvaidis
    Producer
  • Stavros Savvaidis
    Producer
  • Alina Kotsovoulou
    Key Cast
    "Ellie"
    Mia melissa ton Avgousto, Safe Sex, Cartes Postales
  • Dimitris Dimopoulos
    Key Cast
    "Manu"
    Stand Up for U, 100% komodia
  • Anthony Palaskas
    Composer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 14, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Greece
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.90∶1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival 2021
    Los Angeles Animation Festival 2021
    United States
    December 4, 2021
    World premiere
    “Filmfest award for excellence”
  • Los Angeles Animation Festival 2021
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 4, 2021
    World Premiere
    “Silver character-based short”
  • American Documentary and Animation festival 2022 (amdocs)
    Palm Springs CA
    United States
    April 8, 2022
    Official selection
  • INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF MALACCA 2022
    Malacca
    Malaysia
    April 24, 2022
    Malaysian Premiere
    Best Animated Short Film
  • El ojo iluso animation film festival 2022
    San Christobal
    Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
    May 19, 2022
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Oakville Film Festival 2022
    Oakville
    Canada
    June 22, 2022
    Canadian Premiere
    Official shorts selection
  • 3rd AXD Film Festival
    Alexandroupolis
    Greece
    June 25, 2022
    Official Selection
  • RIFFA Regina International Film Fastival and Awards 2022
    Regina
    Canada
    August 9, 2022
    Saskatchewan Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Sergio Kotsovoulos

Sergio Ko is a Greek multi award winning designer/director using “please insert coin” as his production alias.

In 2021 Sergio is attached to direct “Future postcards” (Presented at Cartoon Forum as FUTURE POSTMAN), a family animated TV series that raises environmental issue awareness, for ADDart in Thessaloniki Greece.

Since the summer of 2018 Sergio is part of the Virtual reality (VR) and Expanded Reality (XR) pioneers MAL-VI www.mal-vi.com , an award-winning, interdisciplinary design and communication agency based in London, UK and Thessaloniki, Greece.

From 2014 to 2019 he co-found and was part of the holistic design and film bureau, WITHIN and was one of the Creative Directors of SYNERGASTIRION an award winning Art & Design collective in Athens Greece.

Sergio has vast production experience on set and in post production starting as a 3d animator and continues as a director and a set designer for various TV shows and television commercials for the major production companies in Greece.

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Director Statement

Our film, ECHO, on the surface talks about loneliness and the marginalization to which a person may be driven, when they are different. On a deeper level though, it references all those times all of us have felt alone, cooped up in a house, discouraged by people’s hypocrisy. Ellie may think she has some kind of superpower, however all of us have faced this feeling of someone being untruthful.

Our characters live in opposite, mirrored apartments, which may be the same architecturally, however (given the setting and the use of complementary colors) the key differences in décor ultimately result in different ways of life. During the film, Ellie starts changing internally and this translates to her home.

The extensive use of split screen and repetitive shots of the two MCs, in conjunction with the score and the sound design by Anthony P (Stereo-Nova), induce feelings of isolation, stress and monotony to the audience, and an eventual relief that comes after the split screen is unified in the final scene.

Through this film we want to raise awareness about the dangers of mental exhaustion, when we deny ourselves human interaction as a means for self-preservation. We also want to celebrate the mental strength we manage to summon when the need arises to overcome obstacles.