ÉCU’s partner, The Nomad Project, has some exciting news!

NOMAD Films is excited to announce their partnership with the “Big Screen Project” in New York City. Through this partnership, NOMAD Films will curate an exhibition of short films directed and/or produced by independent filmmakers utilizing innovative and explorative ways of filmmaking. The films can be narrative or documentary, and should evoke feelings of warmth […]

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Overall winner of the G-Tech Driven Creativity Competition is…

We recently revealed the overall winner of our Driven Creativity Competition as the professional photographer, Iain Weir with his entry The Henley Swim – a wonderfully unique image that captures the misty, early morning gathering of swimmers set to embark on a journey down the Henley-on-Thames river. We announced the overall winner at the launch […]

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New case study: using G-Technology to create the first ever German online crime series “Paradise Island”

We’ve recently added an interesting new case study to our website about Alexander Hölzl – creator of the popular online crime series Paradise Island (which receives more than 1,400,000 views per episode!), head of the Austria based web TV agency, Visual Kings Multimedia Solutions and co-founder of the talent-scout foundation 4motion. To meet the demands […]

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Russian Ark

A few weeks ago, Russian director Alexander Sokurov came to the Forum des Images to present a short documentary and his feature film Russian Ark, in honor of the program dedicated to Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the many elements that the filmmaker spoke about in his master class was the idea that there […]

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Parisian Landscapes: The geography of Michael Haneke’s “Hidden”

by Jennifer Wallace Parisian landscapes are frequently manipulated by directors to create a self-contained world for the protagonists. In Michael Haneke’s ‘Hidden’, clues to unravelling the mystery of the film are deeply embedded in its location. Jen Wallace visits the Cité florale to unearth some answers. If you were to ask people what films they […]

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Wondering about the ÉCU hand?

You may have noticed that we sneakily changed our graphics for ÉCU 2011 and you may have asked yourself, “What the…?” Well let us explain. The ÉCU Team realizes that making an independent film is a lonely venture and The ÉCU Hand symbolises the festival’s commitment to letting these talented story-tellers know that ‘You are […]

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Girl Talk: Art and Copyright

by Marc Rickenbach American mash-up master Girl Talk has been the subject of much controversy due to his copyright-bending art and wild live shows. With a new album out (available as a free download), we take a look at an artist who calls attention to the possibilities of the Internet in enhancing creativity via mash-up […]

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Creative Commons: the Robin Hood of 21st century culture?

by Ana Soares It’s tough to be an artist in the era of copyright, so knowing that organizations like Creative Commons are out there, looking out for your right to be creative, can be at least reassuring. Whether you’re an independent or mainstream filmmaker, a musician or a scientist, a writer or an ayahuasca appreciator […]

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Driven Creativity Award

Scott, festival president attended G-Tech’s Driven Creativity Competition awards ceremony in London on the 16th of Nov. Want to find out, who was the winner? Then check out the video! Scott, le president du festival, a assisté cérémonie d’attribution des prix de G-Tech Europe Driven Creativity Competition a Londres le 16 Novembre. Voulez-vous découvrir le […]

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Intern interviews: Ana asks Ellen about her ÉCU experience

Ellen Dumbadze is the newest addition to the ÉCU staff. In an interview with Ana (our “creative content” intern) she tells us about her origins, her expectations, and her hands. Ana: Hey Ellen, funny that we should meet at ÉCU! Tell me, where are you from? Ellen: Hi, I am from Georgia – the country […]

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Letter to Film Schools – Special Offer!

Bonjour! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 6th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers and their audiences. ÉCU is not only a […]

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Interview with Louisa Mayman

Louisa Mayman won the prize for ÉCU 2010’s Best Student Feature, making a promising debut of her career. The young British filmmaker talked to us about how she got started, what she’s influenced by, and also how moving to London represents an exciting opportunity for her future in the industry. Where are you from? Lichfield, […]

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La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows

by Marc Rickenbach With well over 100 videos shot and published, La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows are hardly a well kept secret anymore. They have become a standard stop for bands and artists of all styles and status that tour through the French capital. Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Phoenix have all walked the streets of […]

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Olympus iSpeed 3

by Claire Leonard It’s not surprising that since the release of Paul Bryan’s music video, sales of the Olympus iSpeed 3 camera have doubled, as it has proved the camera’s capabilities for so much more than its original design. The Olympus iSpeed 3, used by Paul Bryan in his music video for Knuckles/Sovnger, is a […]

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And the winners are…

We’ve recently announced the winners and runners-up of our Driven Creativity Competition 2010 – open to aspiring filmmakers, photographers and musicians in France, Germany and the UK.  The competition received a fantastic level of entries and below are the film and animation winners and runners-up. We’d love to know what you think of them over twitter (follow […]

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Making The Girl Dance: Guerilla Videos at Their Best

by Marc Rickenbach Baby, Baby, Baby Kill me French duo Make the Girl Dance pretty much make it clear that they deserve the award for best use of a marketing budget. In the age of the flip-cam, iMovie and all the other cheap filmmaking paraphernalia that is too easy to get your hands on and […]

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Newsletter Octobre

Mise à jour du Festival…par les stagiaires ÉCU! Olá, je m’appelle Ana Clara Soares, je suis brésilienne et depuis deux mois, je suis heureuse de travailler comme stagiaire à ÉCU. Pour moi, Paris est magique, j’adore cette ville. L’art y est présent à tous les coins de rue, il y a tellement d’animations qu’au cours […]

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G-Technology’s Driven Creativity Competition – shortlisted revealed!

As developers of innovative storage solutions for filmmakers looking to push creativity beyond the limits, this month G-Technology by Hitachi announced the official shortlist of its Driven Creativity Competition 2010! Open to aspiring and pro filmmakers, photographers and musicians in France, Germany and the UK, the competition not only recognises and rewards the aesthetic qualities […]

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