Movie Review: 10 Things I Hate About You

The classic, stereotypically 90’s film 10 Things I Hate About You is an easygoing watch – the type of film perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon.  Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the storyline begins by introducing two Seattle sisters, Bianca and Katarina Stratford (Larisa Oleynik and Julia Stiles) who seemingly have opposite […]

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What would Independent cinema be without independent music? We are proud to announce the 2017 line up of live music for ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival! Here is a complete list of the artists that will make an appearance at ÉCU 2017, along with links to their websites:   Tracorum  San Francisco, California […]

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  We have some amazing parties with live music organized for this year! We hope you will join in on the festivities, meet the directors, enjoy, dance and share in the excitement of our staff and your fellow indie fans! Meet the Artists Here! Check out the cool venues and events that we have for you […]

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Spotlight: Giada Colagrande

  Italian director, screenwriter and actress Giada Colagrande has directed a series of deeply intimate and passionate films since the release of her trio of debut short productions, between the late 1990s and the turn-of-the-century: Carnaval, Fetus – 4 brings death, and n.3. The intensely moving dramas set an impressive precedent for the auteur’s transfixing and poignant narrative style, […]

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  Frances Ha (2012), directed and co-written by Vassar alumni Noah Baumbach, stars co-writer Greta Gerwig as quirky, 27-year-old, aspiring dancer Frances Halladay. The film is beautifully intimate in showcasing Frances’s coming-of-age journey through the tribulations of impending responsibility in adulthood. The independent film debuted at Telluride Film Festival on 1 September 2012 and was […]

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  Described as South Korea’s most cerebral filmmaker, Hong Sang-soo is one of the pioneers of the Korean New Wave Cinema that emerged in the late ‘90s. Stylistically, he is close to another independent film auteur, Jim Jarmusch. Despite the slower pace of Hong’s camera movements, he manages to completely absorb us in a tapestry […]

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ÉCU 2017 Official Selection: Female Filmmakers

  The highly-anticipated 12th edition of ÉCU taking place later this month for a 3-day extravaganza of film screenings, workshops and Q&As is not only projected to be one of our best festival events yet because of the high-calibre, innovative and diverse range of films we will be screening. This year’s edition of the festival […]

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#SheShoots : Women Speak Indie

  ÉCU is proud to present #SheShoots, a panel composed of the female film directors in competition at ÉCU 2017. #SheShoots will take place at 11am at Cinéma Le Lincoln on Saturday, April 22nd. It marks almost 100 years since Alice-Guy Blache, revered as the first female film director, wrapped up the last of her 400 […]

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La La Land may not have won best picture at the Oscars, but the multi award winning musical directed by Damien Chazelle won the majority of our hearts all over the world. Those who said great movies are dead were proven wrong when the stunning Old Hollywood classic graced the big screens last December. The […]

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ÉCU 2017 Jury

PAUL ANDERSON is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan, now running a small video production and journalism company. He specializes in covering news from the European Union and making video news features on climate change and the environment, as well as sponsored documentaries for the international development community around the world. […]

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After announcing the 2017 Official Selection last month, here at ÉCU March has flown by at light speed as we have been caught in an exhilarating whirlwind of arrangements for this year’s edition of the festival, less than a month away! As ever, we are cheerily eager to share this month’s developments with you all! […]

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Welcome to Paris in April! Paris in the springtime is known to be one of the most magnificent times of the year. To those who have the chance to visit the city of light this month, you’re in luck! The warm April showers are followed by blue sunny skies and blossoming spring flowers. With such […]

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  Jeffrey Jacob “J.J.” Abrams was born on the east coast of the United States in New York City on 27 June 1966 but was raised on the west coast in Los Angeles with his parents and sister, Tracy Rosen. His mother, Carol Ann Abrams, was an executive producer, his father, Gerald W. Abrams, was […]

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  Here at ÉCU, the last few weeks since we have announced our 2017 Official Selection have constituted an especially thrilling time. We have been absorbed in a torrent of busied and lively preparations for the forthcoming annual edition of the festival which will showcase 73 diverse films from 28 countries, between 21st-23rd April in […]

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Watch the ÉCU Launch Party live!

Tonight’s the night, dreams will come true, drinks will be drunk and the hotly anticipated official sizzle reel will be shown. Held in the Saint-Germain-de-Pres, join us for our launch party this evening for a chance to meet the directors, fellow film buffs and the ÉCU 2017 Team. Whats more- with free entrance, a bar, great music […]

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  Released in cinemas earlier this year after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the black-comedy horror anthology film, XX, aims to present audiences with a sombrely eerie and creepily supernatural series of female-driven vignettes, succeeding only in offering semi-original plot substance in its wholly trite psychological-thriller style depictions of the gorier, rather than […]

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Invitation of the Press

ÉCU is pleased to invite the press to come discover the 12th annual edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent film. The Festival will take place April 21st to 23rd 2017 in Paris, France. Since 2006, ÉCU has been dedicated to forging the path for the most daring, […]

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Official Selection 2017: Much More Than A Script Competition

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2017 finalists of the Much More Than a Script Competition for it’s 12th edition. This year we received 51 original scripts from 13 different countries. The innovation, creativity and competition this year was absolutely wonderful and has reassured us that our mission to promote […]

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