Let’s Go Ride A Couch (moviemaker.com)

Rhett and Burke Lewis giving couch-rides at the Cinequest Festival. (Source:www.moviemaker.com) What an amazing article, this is a PERFECT guide on how to promote your film on the festival circuit! The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will be held from 12-14 March at Cinéma Le Grand Action and Theatre […]

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The Art of the Subtitle (directorsnotes.com)

At the European Independent Film Festival, we receive films from all over the world and in many different languages – French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Icelandic, English and even Aussie (*do* they qualify as speaking English in the land down under?). This ultimately raises the following question: how can filmmakers and subtitles work together to appeal to the international audience?

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ÉCU Partners with G-Technology by Hitachi

ÉCU is delighted to announce a new partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi – premium external storage solutions that are trusted by creative professionals. G-Tech will be leveraging its platinum sponsorship of the Festival to celebrate and support the independent filmmaking community. This support builds upon G-Technology’s sponsorship of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival taking place […]

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Scott’s January Festival Update

Hi everybody! With less then two months to go, activities are reaching warp-speed here at The European Independent Film Festival! Screeners are being spirited off to our submission judges, poster designs OK’d and printed, venue floor and seating plans are being scribbled upon and tickets being sold… Whew, what excitement for The ÉCU 2010 team […]

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Don’t Think, Just Shoot!

As announced in our December newsletter, The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) is partnering up with Lomography for this year’s festival edition. Originating from the former USSR, Lomography is a special kind of camera  that defies all the rules of taking pictures. Keeping the tradition of film alive, Lomography allows photography lovers to experience the passion […]

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Now For A Short History…

For the first time the European Independent Film Festival will be held at the cinema Le Grand Action, in the heart of Paris’ intellectual hub, the Latin Quarter. The site is currently a honeypot for cinephiles, but through the centuries has housed a club during the Revolution, a ballroom and a theatre before starting life […]

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Our Paris Series Part VI: Chinatown

By Sophie Nellis Chinatown: A taste of modern Paris… High-rise buildings are so unusual in Paris that getting off the metro at Olympiades often feels like stepping into a different city. Welcome to the 13th arrondissement, where sixties architecture meets Paris’ main Chinatown. During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, […]

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Second Venue Confirmed For ÉCU 2010!

The ÉCU team is delighted to confirm that this year’s festival will now be held in two new venues right in the heart of Paris. In addition to our main venue Cinéma Le Grand Action, ÉCU 2010 will also be hosting events at the independent theatre Le Triomphe. Situated in the heart of the Latin […]

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Scott’s December Festival Update

Hi everyone! Welcome to our last newsletter for 2009. It’s amazing to look back and see how quickly the year – in fact the last decade – has gone! The ÉCU 2010 team is moving at warp speed trying to keep up with the new submissions streaming in, getting them off to the submission judges, […]

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Lomography is now at ÉCU 2010

The ÉCU Film Festival is proud to announce that Lomography is now at ÉCU 2010! «It was in the early 1990s when two students in Vienna, Austria, discovered a small enigmatic Russian camera, the Lomo Kompakt Automat.» They took distinctive pictures with no rules but one: enjoyment. Headed by Peter Boesch, Paris Lomography will be […]

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International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf 2010

International Film and Music Festival Küstendorf will take place from January 13-19, 2010 in Drvengrad, Mokra Gora, Serbia. Festival is founded by the famous film director, Emir Kusturica, and is under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia. Like in previous two years, this third edition is dedicated to future […]

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Our Paris Series Part V: Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays

What’s there to do in Paris during the holidays? Check out ÉCU’s guide to holiday time in Paris. Click on the links for more information. By Sophie Nellis 1. Do some window shopping. Paris’ department stores – Galeries Lafayette, Au Printemps and BHV go all out during the festive season, with haute couture-meets-Christmas window displays and […]

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Our Paris Series Part IV: Canal Saint Martin

By Sophie Nellis The best place to go if you’re looking for atmosphere… In addition to the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est, one of the key landmarks in the 10th arrondissement is the Canal St-Martin. Although the northern part of the canal has a slightly industrial feel to it, the southern part […]

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Positively A Place To Be!

Don’t miss Club Positif‘s monthly event this December at Le Grand Action! Tuesday, the 22nd of December at 8pm, Le Grand Action will be holding its monthly débat animé, this month lead by Pierre Eisenreich from Club Positif. Each month Club Positif shows a selected film and holds a discussion after the screening. The film […]

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Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d’Or Short Film award for his film “Arena” at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)   Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the […]

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Film Annex – Connect Through Film

Thanks to The Film Annex Network, you can now watch trailers from this year’s recent submissions as well as interviews with past award winners including Sam Holland, director of Zebra Crossings which was awarded “Best European Independent Film 2009.” The Film Annex, a free online video and Web TV platform allows you to download, watch, […]

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ÉCU Announces Partner Festival: Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival

The Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival, we are happy to announce, is now one of ÉCU’s partner festivals! This already renowned film festival based in Portugal presents the seventh art at its best. At the Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival, film projections, video installations, and impressive combinations of music and film from all parts of the […]

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Meet Our New Official Music Partner For ÉCU 2010!

From the people who have been putting filmmakers and musicians together at Film Festival Week in Park City, Utah since 2004, Access Film-Music is now our official music partner for ÉCU 2010! During Utah’s famed Film Festival Week, which encompasses notable film festivals like Slamdance, Sundance, Tromadance and more, Access Film-Music Showcase has presented hundreds […]

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