Movie Review: Wren boys

Wren Boys, Harry Lighton’s tale of a very unlikely love from Cork, Ireland will be played during Session 2 on Saturday May 5th in the Grande Salle at the cinema les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. To begin, the opening scene starts with a catholic priest ushering the importance of tradition during his sermon, as the scene […]

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LAUNCH PARTY 2018

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018’s LAUNCH PARTY took place at Rive Gauche night club 1 rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris on April 11th, 2018. Take a look at the video of the event: ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY at Rive Gauche has been an amazing night!Thank you to all […]

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Music and Afterparties at ÉCU 2018

ÉCU promotes all indie artists – not just filmmakers! During the festival weekend we will shine a light on indie music by hosting amazing indie bands and solo artists who will play during the day at the festival location and ALL night at the afterparties. ÉCU, during each day of the festival, will organize three […]

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Spotlight: Reese Witherspoon

Priding her position as an ‘A list’ actress and boasting a dazzling array of awards, Reese Witherspoon is doubtlessly one of the most respected actresses of today. At ÉCU we particularly admire Witherspoon for her producing and acting role in the co-funded production company Pacific Standard: a platform advocating greater visibility of female-led filmmaking. But […]

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#SheShoots 2018

For the second time ÉCU is proud to present #SheShoots, a discussion panel comprised of the female filmmakers in competition at ÉCU 2018. #SheShoots will take place Saturday, May 5th at 10:30am at Cinéma Le Lincoln (14 Rue Lincoln, Paris 75008). For women in the film industry, 2017 was a time of overdue recognition for […]

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Partner Hotels

This year, ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival has established a partnership with Human Hotel and Timhotel in order to help its participants to find an accomodation in Paris during the days of the festival.   HUMAN HOTEL „We’re a community of creatives and visionaries hosting each other at below-market prices. We support artists and social change […]

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Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

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ÉCU 2018 JURY

JIM BITTERMANN is CNN’s Senior International Correspondent based in Paris. Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, among other stories.   REBECCA CALDER is an actress and producer who began […]

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Much More Than A Script Competition – Official Selection

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists of the „Much More Than a Script Competition“ for its 13th edition. We are proud to once again fulfill our goal of giving an audience to all the creative and talented script writers out there. The competition this year has been […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CLAIRE DENIS

  Though she didn’t become an established director until the age of 40, Claire Denis quickly solidified her status as one of France’s most important contemporary auteurs. Her films are known for their combination of shocking realism and sparsely gorgeous stylistics, treating postcolonial themes of estrangement, immigration, violence, and the exploitation of those living on […]

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MARCH UPDATES

You think you know “March Madness”? Trying being an ÉCU intern! This month has been one of our most exciting and manic yet, not least because our Official Selection was announced just a few weeks ago. On Wednesday 14th March, we revealed the 80 films that will coming to Paris for this year’s festival. It […]

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What to Do in Paris in April

  It’s finally springtime, and following the aftermath of snow in March we can definitely rely on April to bring us the sun and maybe even some rain, c’mon its Paris. With that said, here at ÉCU we have compiled a list of things to get you moving in April no matter the weather are […]

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Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni, the neo-realismo influenced Italian director which escaped the confining film regulations, setting fire to preconceptions and paved his own road for success. There is a sense of indifference that critics have towards him, this timid irreverence has surrounded his career for years, but now more than ever he is being recognized for his […]

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Movie Review: The Guard

For this week’s world renowned ÉCU movie review, we have decided to venture back to the fargone year of 2011, to examine an under discussed event in world history: the release of The Guard, now known as Ireland’s most successful independent film of all time. The Guard revolves around a small, untroubled community within Connemara, […]

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ÉCU Launch Party 2018

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018’s LAUNCH PARTY will be held at Rive Gauche night club 1 rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris on April 11th, 2018 at 7:30pm.       Live music, mingle with the filmmakers competing in the Official Selection, great indie vibe. Free entrance! During the night it will be […]

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Press Accreditation 2018

Press accreditation is available for reporters from all fields of media (print, online, TV, radio and photography) as well as to PR agents of all the Official Selection films shown at ÉCU 2018. The press accreditation provides: – access to the opening (May 4th) and closing (May 6th) ceremonies – access to all festival film […]

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Spotlight: John Michael and Martin McDonagh

  Despite the fact our St Patrick’s Day hangovers have only just began to subside, we want to continue on celebrating the great patrons of the Emerald Isle. Instead of looking to its Holy Saints, however, we thought we would pay heed to its most heavenly indie souls, particularly two exceptional brothers: John Michael and […]

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Submission Judges 2018

We would like to extend a very big thank you to all our submission judges who participated in the 13th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Each year we strive to highlight the very best independent filmmakers and we are very proud of the reputation that we have garnered over the years. […]

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