This month was one of the most important and exciting ones here at ÉCU’s because we finally announced this year’s Official Selection. 85 of the best indie films will be competing for 24 awards during the 9th edition of The European Independent Film Festival! We are very excited and cannot wait what we have in store for this year. On our website you can find a lot of information and updates about this year’s location, parties, jury members and much more!

herWe spotlighted two important personalities for two very different reasons. On one hand we decide to remember the bright career of Philip Seymour Hoffman that left us too early, while on the other hand we wrote a spotlight about Spike Jonze that seems that will be leaving with an Academy Award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Oscars for his newest film “Her”. We went through his always smarter and original ideas for movies that led him to his last work.

We have two “competitions” going on that do not concern just filmmakers but all our followers. The first one is about indie films viewership habits: we want to understand more about the consumption of indie films and every week we will ballot a person that filled in the survey that will win a free weekend pass for ÉCU 2014. The second one is the “Predict-the-Oscars 2014 Competition” in which you can win a free weekend pass as well trying to guess all the Oscars winners of 2014.

Parthenon-on-Acropolis-in-Athens-Greece (1)ÉCU-on-the-road this month stops at Athens, Greece. On February 17th-19th we will be screening at SIX d.o.g.s in Athens some of the films that were part of our past years’ Official Selections. The program is also full of interesting workshops and Q&A sessions!

As every month ÉCU suggests you activities that could be done in Paris. Valentine’s day is the focus of many activities in February but, as usual, there are plenty of stuff for everyone! Just to give you some examples: you have the last chance to skating on ice in front of Hotel de Ville, you can go to The Fireworks Festival, there are a lot of beautiful expositions in the best galleries of Paris and much more!

So we hope we helped you to have a great time, escaping from the cold or facing it with skaters at your feet! We want to do again our congratulations to filmmakers that are in our Official Selection and we can’t wait to see you all in Paris on 4th-6th of April!

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