Every year ÉCU showcases a wide range of diverse talent in filmmaking; this year, we were lucky enough to get a chance to meet a few of the creative minds behind that special talent. One of our favourite aspects of the festival is the chance we get to share thoughts, opinions and ideas with our contributors and our audience. Take a look at what some of our directors had to say about their work and the industry when they caught up with our team.

French-American director, Roman Hill, talks about his inspirations for his new experimental short, “Genesis.”

Edouard de la Pöeze talks about his short french film, The Session (La Séance), and his inspirations for it.

Interview with actress, Rebecca Calder, who won best actress award at ÉCU 2016 in LOVE/ME/DO, directed by Martin Stitt.

From spy movies to reality TV, hear what Rob Gordon Bralver has to say about his film that was shown at ÉCU 2016, For All Eyes Always.

Check out this interview from ÉCU 2016 with Cheyenne Kane, who directed My Guardian Angel. 

Hear what stemmed Anwar Boulifa‘s inspiration in directing A Short Guide To Re-Entry, which was a part of ÉCU 2016’s Official Selection.

We spoke to David Wagner, director of Maman and the Ocean, which was shown at ÉCU 2016.

Have a look at our interview with Maida Hals, the director of a music video Red for the band Jadudah, which was screened at ÉCU 2016.

Check out ÉCU’s interview with Justin Berardi, the director of The Runner, which had its world premiere at ÉCU 2016.

We interviewed Samantha Collins, the co-writer of the animated film After the End. 

Rick Limentani is the director of Put Down from our European Dramatic Short category. His film evokes a combination of squeamish laughter and heartfelt empathy with his flawed protagonist. Meet the man who achieved this mélange.

Sam Kadi‘s Little Gandhi, winner The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking, tells the story of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar whose brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent uprisings in modern history.

Oscar Spierenburg and Manon Verbeeck spoke to our team about their film Vanitas which was the winner in our category for European Independent Dramatic Feature films. 

Matteo Gentiloni‘s student film Semiliberi is a recipient of our Special Jury Mention and depicts life and camaraderie within a women’s prison.

Producer of Ewert & the Two Dragons’ clip for CirclesKadi Freja Felt, spoke to our team shortly before accepting the award for best independent music video of the festival.

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