This year, ÉCU is delighted to screen its winning films in Tbilisi, Georgia and that for a number of reasons:
* Georgia’s rich culture and history are breeding grounds for great filmmakers and ÉCU wishes to forge a strong relationship with the country’s film industry
* In meeting new filmmakers, ÉCU’s strong social media outlet would like to promote their work internationally to an audience of film industry professionals
* ÉCU is eager to showcase the winning independent films from 2011 including best European Dramatic Short awarded to Georgian filmmaker Tornike Bziava for his film April Chill
In showcasing its best films, ÉCU will be able to introduce to Georgia the independent spirit of filmmaking that has kept filmmakers and fans returning to the European Independent Film Festival year after year.
ÉCU – The European Independent Film festival is now in it’s 8th year, and over that time we have shown films from more then 50 countries, including Georgia, to thousands of people, and helped directors discover their voices as they talked to their audiences in a multitude of languages. The festival attracts a crazed bunch of misfits, visionaries and terribly creative human beings; very much like the one the world lost this week – I am, of course, speaking about Steve Jobs.
Jobs said that the only way to do great work is to love what you do – and the people whose films that we screen at the ÉCU festival REALLY love what they do, and they aren’t scared to do whatever it takes to bring their stories to the screen. Independent film-making is a tough, tough job because we are driven with a need to tell our stories, but more often than not we don’t have the money to do it – so we have to use immense amounts of imagination to bring our films to life. Einstein said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Think about when you go to the cinema to see a film; the lights go down, the room goes dark and all of a sudden you are in another world. You enter a world of make-believe, of love and hate, life and death, and the beauty and the ugliness of the world we live in disappears when we are in that dark room. Film has the power to make you laugh, cry and even change the way you think about your life. Ah, the beauty of a good film – how it can touch your soul.
This magic was captured perfectly in Georgia on our opening night. It was truly the coming together of filmmakers and film fans in Georgia that made it such an unforgettable and electric night. Check out a flavor of it in our video of opening night…
It is especially important for us to be able to go to Georgia for a number of reasons, which Kadi Lokk, our festival manager, talks about in this short interview
Scott Hillier, Festival President, also added his own thoughts on the importance of being in Georgia. Find out why ÉCU is supporting Georgian filmmaking and how it feels like to be in Georgia.
Sincere thanks go to our partners and sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible. We had a truly amazing time in Georgia and would like to thank all the people who came and showed their support, and to everyone who made the weekend such a success. Special thanks go to Tamara at the Georgian National Film Insititute. See out interview with her below…
During the weekend ÉCU screened 19 of its winning films from ÉCU 2011. Check out the full program!
|Opening Night Films:
|Paths of Hate||Best Animation||Poland|
|Protoparticulas||Special Jury Mention||Spain|
|April Chill||Best European Independent Dramatic Short||Georgia|
|Urban Sounds||Special Jury Mention||Sweden|
|Point Zero||Best Editing||Germany|
|Chloe’s Dollhouse||Special Jury Mention||UK|
|Broken Clouds||Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short||USA|
|Stanley Pickle||Best Student Film||UK|
Films playing on October 8th:
|A Damn Killer||Audience Award||Germany|
|27m2||Best European Independent Film||France|
|Zornik||Best Independent Music Video||Belgium|
|Salam Rugby||Best Non-European Independent Documentary||New Zeland|
|Charlie Casanova||Best Actor for Emmet Scalan||Ireland|
Films Playing on October 9th:
|The Happy Housewife||Best European Independent Dramatic Feature||Holland|
|Problema “Who Are We in the 21st Century?”||Best European Independent Documentary||Germany|
|Invertebrate||Best Experimental Film||UK|
|Never Winter||Best Actress for Chiara Thielmann||USA|