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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The Arts and Crafts of Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach Continuing our celebration of music videos leading up to ÉCU’s inaugural Best European Music Video 2011 award, we take a look at some of our favorite animated and craft-savvy clips currently out there. The stylized live performance has been the go-to concept since music videos hit the scene some thirty years ago. […]

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Going Underground. Filming on the Paris Metro with Paul Bryan.

By Claire Leonard, ÉCU Writer Underground systems throughout the world have long held a magnetic attraction for filmmakers.  Be it the perpetual bustle of commuters, the transient nature of encounters, the stark strip-lighting or the endless labyrinthine, white-tiled corridors –there is a quality which brings filmmakers time and time again underground into these man-made environments […]

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September Newsletter

Scott’s Festival Update Salut, je m’appelle Kadi Lokk, je viens d’Estonie et je viens tout juste de commencer un stage avec l’équipe du Festival Européen du Film Independent ici à Paris ! Jeune diplômée de l’Ecole de Commerce Mainor de la capitale de mon pays Tallinn, j’ai déjà travaillé aux Etats-Unis pour le programme d’été de […]

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The Strangeness of Poo

by Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU writer All of us can create certain ideas of what to expect of film festivals simply from thinking about their names. If it’s named Silhouette one can somehow expect “silhouettes” of ideas, expressed in a short film format. If it’s named The European Independent Film Festival, you can expect from […]

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Outlining Silhouette

by Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU writer September in Paris has been a month with endless opportunities for independent filmmakers to expose their work, and film-goers to enjoy them. With the end of our summer, it’s a time to enjoy the last moments of warm afternoons at parks or begin to find refuge in the movie […]

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Don’t miss your chance to win G-Technology drives or €5,000!

Just a reminder to all the aspiring and professional filmmakers in France, Germany and UK, that this is your last chance to enter G-Technology’s Driven Creativity Competition You could win €5,000, G-Technology drives and see your work showcased at a cool gallery in London! Entry is free and simple, closing on October 8, 2010. G-Technology’s […]

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Learn from the best: Exclusive interviews with expert filmmakers

Interview with Director, Charles Haine The award-winning Film Director, Charles Haine, takes multi-tasking to a new level. As well as co-founding the LA based digital post-production company – Dirty Robber – he is also a regular on the independent film festival circuit. Key projects include his award-winning short film Oblivion, Nebraska which landed its star, […]

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Paris Fermeture Annuelle

By Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU Writer Traditionally, spending the month of August in Paris is believed to be quite dreadful. When one by one all of your favorite boulangeries and restaurants, and even the Cinemathèque for that matter, start to close down for vacation (all announcing that they’ll be reopening in unusually long 20 days), […]

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Interview with filmmakers, Benjamin and Christopher Blaine

This month we’ve been chatting to brothers, Ben and Chris Blaine – two self-taught filmmakers who have learnt their craft by mistakes, flukes and a lot of hard work. They own the production company Charlie Productions and their impressive portfolio of films include the BAFTA shortlisted Russell Square and award-winning Hallo Panda. The pair is […]

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Paris: City of Lights…Camera, Action.

Paris is a wonderfully photogenic city- boasting some of the World’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, stunning architecture and a certain “je ne sais quoi” charm.  So it’s no wonder that thousands of films are shot here every year from big-budget, star-studded monoliths to zero-budget indie films. So, as an independent filmmaker, how do you get […]

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