The Christmas decorations are up and we are getting into the festive spirit here at ÉCU! It’s a magical time of year where we can all enjoy plenty of hot wine, Christmas carols, delicious food and an abundance of fairy lights. New Years Eve is just around the corner as well, a time to reflect on the past year, make resolutions you will inevitably break and dance your way into the new year.

If all of that doesn’t make you love December, maybe the news of our regular deadline will. This year it falls on December 21st. We have been receiving a stream of films in the run-up to the deadline and we only look forward to the rest to come. If you haven’t already submitted, we encourage you to send in your independent films!

We’ve had a busy and collaborative month this December, we have four new festival partners: NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, the Tangier International Film Festival, Memphis International Film & Music Fest and Fastnet Short Film Festival. We are so excited to have so many new wonderful partners from all around the world.

It has been a sensational year for us here at ÉCU, we have seen so much incredible talent and creativity and we have been continuously inspired by all the imaginative filmmaking that has come our way throughout 2014. We hope that this next year is equally as good, we cannot wait for all that 2015 has to offer.

Next month we are heading to Berlin to continue our ÉCU-on-the-Road tour, Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V. present ÉCU-in-Berlin. It promises to be a wonderful event screening 22 films from our 2014 festival.

If the bitter December chill is proving too much for you, if no matter how many layers you put on you are still cold, don’t fight it! Stay inside instead, for why bother bracing the cold when you can snuggle up with a cup of hot chocolate and have an abundance of fantastic films to choose from on our web channel, EuroIFC.

Happy holidays to all indie fans!

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