SAE Glasgow students’ short film in the running for the DepicT! Short Film Competition

25 Sep 2018

Echo, a fantastic short film created by a group of SAE Glasgow students, is in the running for the DepicT! Short Film Competition. With audience members describing it as ‘Very effective for an extremely short film!’, Echo has reached the final 20 out of hundreds of submissions, and the winner is due to be announced in less than a week.

Written by Aimee Willemse and brought to life by a crew of talented SAE Glasgow students, Echo is a dark short film about a girl who explores an abandoned tunnel alone and meets her grizzly fate. Dedicated to talent and originality, DepicT! has been discovering and celebrating new filmmaking talent for almost twenty years. It is free to enter the competition and every film must be 90 seconds long and therefore concisely showcase creativity, imagination and originality.

It is no easy feat to tell a story in just a minute and a half, but the cast and crew of Echo have succeeded in creating a fantastic cinematic piece that is both haunting and captivating. Having reached the final 20 and receiving a huge amount of praise online, it is clear that Echo has made an impact.

Alyn J Smith, Ben Cummings, Sil Derkx and Lauren Jackson worked on the film earlier this year, with Alyn the Director of Photography, Ben the Audio Engineer, Lauren the Camera Assistant and Sil the Runner. With Alyn and Ben now graduates of SAE and Sil and Lauren in their second and final year of their degrees, the film is continuing to impress.  

Since its completion at the beginning of the year, Echo has reached the final of the FrightFest Glasgow 90 Second Challenge, as well as being screened at a number of festivals including Hardcore Horror Festival, Illinois, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Horror Festival, Portland Horror Film Festiva, Encounters Short Film Festival and Frightfest, London. Now the crew are eagerly awaiting the result of the DepicT! Competition, with the winner announced on Saturday 29 September.

Commenting on the feedback so far, Alyn Smith, who has now graduated from SAE Glasgow since completing the film, said:

‘The whole team worked really hard, and we all gelled together so well, that we’re really proud of the final result, but having other people show recognition that they feel it’s of high quality really means a lot to all of us. Thank you hugely in advance to anyone who has voted for us, it means a lot.’

With such a talented team of students behind Echo, and the film itself being one that really will have you on the edge of your seat, everyone at SAE has their fingers crossed that it will do well in the competition.

Watch Echo and vote for it to win, by clicking here.

To read more about Echo, read our story.