Here at ÉCU we feel deeply honoured to be partners with so many festivals from all around the world. From Germany to Australia, from United States to Hong Kong, from Brazil to London, our festival friends are a crucial part of what we do. Interested in doing something together? Get in touch with us!
Here are our partner Festivals…
Cheap Cuts Documentary Film Festival is the only UK festival dedicated exclusively to short documentary. Cheap Cuts showcases the best of British and international short documentary talent. They strongly believe in content over form and are interested in the stories you have to tell and not the equipment or budget used to do so. The awards are decided by a trusted panel of internationally recognised documentary filmmakers, and prizes are awarded to the chosen winning film in each category.
Super8000 Film Festival explores how film talents can rethink storytelling in short film narratives, and the main vision of Super8000 is to deliver an open platform, where European film talents can share their works and exchange their knowledge and reflections in a safe atmosphere with room for experimentation. In other words, Super8000 is a festival embracing vulnerability and honesty. Super8000 was initiated by the independent film school Super8, and is now driven by young filmmakers, with a strong will to strengthen the network of young, European filmmakers.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a major UK and international film festival now in its seventh year. It screens 400 films from 40 countries worldwide in 18 iconic venues across the city of York, UK. ASFF is a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery. Featuring a series of industry sessions, networking opportunities and guest showcase screenings, the festival is a destination to experience the power and craft of cinema.
D.E-R is an association of documentary filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna, founded in 2006 in Bologna, Italy. Its members are documentary directors and producers active in producing and distributing documentary films originated in the Emilia-Romagna Region. Aim of the association is the promotion of regional productions at the national and international level.
AVANCA Film Festival is a space filled with images, films, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, ideas and people from all over the world.
Arkadia ShortFest is an international short film festival, which happens in the town of Băicoi, Prahova. What do they offer? 3 days of artistic events, taking place in an authentic space and making easier for Prahova’s surroundings new generation the access to art and culture.
Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival is the fastest growing competitive, international film festival in the Mediterranean. Now in its 6th year, it is based in the heart of Mallorca’s buzzing center of Palma. For 10 days, EMIFF showcases features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animation shorts and experimental shorts by filmmakers from Mallorca and around the world to an audience of film executives, journalists, film fans and filmmakers. Along with screenings, there are seminars, workshops, and parties to allow everyone a chance to share their passion for film.
Sguardi Altrove is a non-profit cultural association founded in 1993 with the aim of researching and promoting films and videos made by women. The festival’s aim is to encourage a reflection on topics relevant to women, articulated in their specific cultural, political and social context. Sguardi Altrove has always been exploring work from different countries and cultures, promoting in particular the circulation of films that are less likely to have access to commercial venues. The festival has succeeded over the years in winning over a diverse public as well as the national and international press.
The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is the official competition festival for short films in Cyprus. The festival was set up by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre in 2000. Initially, it involved only a national competition section, but, since 2011 it expanded into an international competition. One of the primary concerns of the ISFFC is to accentuate the independence of short films as an art form and to create a special environment and audience for them. By presenting an interesting variety of international short film productions, it offers its visitors a diverse forum and serves as a popular meeting point for filmmakers and audiences from both Cyprus and abroad.
Lucca Film Festival is a film festival that promotes a cinematic culture from the plurality of looks, styles, and perspectives.
Visioni Italiane was created in 1994 to give a space to those individuals whose works did not meet the regular format. Every year, irregular works are made by young creatives and remain mostly invisible: short films, documentaries, and experimental films in search of distribution. The nineties saw the increase of many small festivals in Italy, but after a few editions, they closed their doors. This did not happen to Visioni Italiane because the Cineteca di Bologna believed in the importance of giving a dedicated space for the works of young creatives. Following and supporting their professional journey by offering a place to share their works with other creatives and with the public.
The Berlin Music Video Awards (BMVA) is an annual festival that puts filmmakers and the art behind music videos in the spotlight. Supporting both unknown and famous artists, it is a primary networking event for the video and music industries in Europe. Filled with a vast selection of music video marathons, professional judges, live performances, filmmaking workshops and networking events, the festival is not only a meeting ground for filmmakers, but also for musicians as well as all music enthusiasts. No matter the language, genre, or popularity, BMVA reward on quality, originality and diversity.
VAULT Film Festival is the people’s festival. For six weeks, join this carnival of experience, filled with entertainment and unexpected adventure. From hard-hitting drama to outrageous comedy, from dance to late-night parties, VAULT takes in the bravest and best of the next generation of creators. VAULT is built around a triangle of interests: the audience, the artists, and the staff who make it happen. It’s designed to be a rewarding experience for all three, exploiting no one. Come and see what the people have made: there’s a conversation every single night about where we go from here.
Manchester Film Festival is a truly independent film festival, committed and dedicated to showcase the works of both new and established international and domestic filmmakers from the world of independent cinema. The organisation is proud of its honest and transparent roots and will continue with the original ethos of selecting films purely from open submissions.
Let’s All Be Free is a cross-platform creative project that aims to explore and celebrate what it means to be free. They are many things – a creative platform; a film festival; an online exhibition space; a forum for discussion and debate; events, talks and installations. They are at the beginning of creating a wholly unique movement – it’s a very exciting time, and they would love for you to be a part of it too.
Lund International Architecture Film Festival which takes place in the autumn each year provides a platform for exploring contemporary and historical interconnections between architecture and film, screening a wide range of fictional and documentary films and bringing together seminars/debates, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other activities. Altogether these will form the framework for discussions about architecture in fiction films as well as visions of a good and liveable built environment for the future. Special guests – architects, filmmakers, journalists and artists from Sweden and abroad are invited to participate in seminars on architecture in films and themes highlighted in the documentary films.
The International Film Festival of Patmos is a cinematic encounter that brings together filmmakers, industry delegates and festival programmers. Their mission is to create an exceptional context where filmmakers and film-lovers gather in this unique Greek island to share the love for independent cinema, present and discuss their ideas and work, benefit from master classes, or simply relish the visual and intellectual inspiration offered by carefully selected feature films, short films & documentaries.
Around Film Festival is an International, Independent, online event for all Short, Documentary, Feature, Commercial, Music Video and Animations and Student Films. Goal of Around Film Festival is to provide homes to group of film enthusiasts who are committed in creating spaces for film industry and devoted to spreading of the knowledge of the modern visual art form to all interested for all around the globe to present it all on one single platform. Monthly Festival’s library has some very remarkable award winning films from across the globe. Your film will be viewed by the international community and will be judged by the final jury of film professionals. Filmmakers competing in festivals that require they not to show their films online, they can submit their films and share the trailer, teaser or behind the scenes video. Judges and the participants will award the best films through private screenings.
EFF is an international film festival for unconventional independent film, organised at several vibrant locations in Eindhoven (NL). The 8th edition will take place from the 28th of November to the 2nd of December in the center of Eindhoven; an innovative city with a worldwide top position in technology, design and knowledge.
VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX VIEW 2017 will continue to focus on exploring the increasingly fluid boundary between real and digital worlds. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.
Founded in 2006 in London, UK, The Smalls Film Festival has been championing independent filmmaking and creative people for over a decade, making it an essential destination for filmmakers from across the globe. With a one-of-a-kind mix of fresh talent and Academy Award winners, our 16,000+ strong community of filmmakers come together once a year for the most dynamic, hustle-and-bustle week in the short film industry .
The Cinalfama Awards are given every two months in the live Cinalfama Awards Sessions, where the winners are announced and the best Feature Film and Short Film categories will be screened. The winning films in each of these sessions will automatically compete in the 2017 Cinalfama Annual Award Session, where all the best short film and feature film winners will be screened again.
NovemberFestivalen is Sweden’s national arena for young filmmakers. The festival is a unique annual meeting place where film and audience can exchange experiences, reflect opinions and link new contacts across age and regional boundaries.
Rural FilmFest El Edén de La Mancha is an International Short Film Festival. RFF is celebrating this year 2017 its fifth edition. They admit fiction, animation, documentary short and feature films, in which the theme can be related to rural world or not.
Skepto is a non-profitmaking cultural association, born of the joint effort of several cinema’s, photography’s and visual arts’ lovers. Skepto International Film Festival is focused on short films and has a competitive nature. Its main aim is to encourage and give exposure to independent filmmakers from all over the world thereby creating an open space for dialogue and intercultural exchange. Moreover, the Skepto International Film Festival means to become a cultural reference point for the city of Cagliari and to widen its orizons to other Italian, European and Mediterranean cities. The festival is open to short films with no limits as to their subject, style or production budget. It admits short films of all kinds, including documentaries, animated films, musical videoclips, videoart, experimental short movies, spots, fake trailers, new media format, mobile videos and so on…
Craft Film Festival is the first festival in Barcelona that pays special tribute to self-produced films with limited external support. The boutique but diverse international program selected after an open call for full-length feature films offers on display works with high artistic qualities, catching stories, distinctive style and original approach to media. The festival jury is the audience and the award is given following a democratic public vote.
Since the first CineFest in 2004 the Miskolc International Film Festival is on a very promising way to became a major Central European film event. Year by year, Jameson CineFest attracts thousands of movie fans and visitors from the whole world. The former industrial city of Northern Hungary, Miskolc, the third most populated city of the country, thanks to the significant innovations and careful restorations is one of the cultural, touristic and spa centers of Hungary. The city’s old houses, streets and places were almost completely renovated. Miskolc and its surroundings has many architectural, artistic and historical sights, as Lillafured, the medieval castle of Diosgyor or the nearby beautiful Bukk Mountain. The breathtaking cave bath and spa in Miskolc-Tapolca is a really unique natural formation.
International Festival DetectiveFEST was founded in 1999 with its main aim to promote detective fiction and and support filmmakers encouraging the fight against corruption and terrorism. Since its inception, the festival has become unique event in the cultural and social life of Russia and ex-Soviet states, and has gained an international following.
Russian Film Week is rooted in the belief that cultural endeavours build bridges between people and nations. Their goal is to create an international platform for showcasing all Russian themed films we can provide a place for cultural dialogue and mutual understanding. For the second year running, RFW selects the best contemporary films with a Russian theme, whether from Russia or based on Russian literature, events or people, and showcases these to British audiences all over the UK.
Organized by the Film Grain Foundation, the Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest cinematic event, screening over forty feature films and twenty-five short films at indoor and open-air cinemas around the city. The festival is made up of three competitive sections adjudicated by international juries and a number of sidebars that focus on films from different islands around the world, coming-of-age cinema and a retrospective dedicated to an established film director.
Weird Wednesday 0711 is an alternative to the usual movie theatre programme. It seeks for national and international short films, beyond the “mainstream” from old school to progressive film making. The screenings are accompanied by moderation, sometimes guest speakers and get-togethers.
Guests get the opportunity to enjoy iconic film gems from the past, exciting new discoveries on the big screen AND a glimpse of the international world of short films.
…IN NORTH AMERICA
The DC Shorts Film Festival will showcase one of the largest collection of short films in the USA. The 11 day festival will include 4 days of educational events, a family showcase at 7 DC public libraries, Several Specialty Showcases (LGBT, etc.), a Screenplay Competition, and 6 receptions for filmmakers to schmooze with other filmmakers and their audience.
Naperville Independent Film Festival was founded in 2007 when just the right combination of people had a chance meeting that grew into a team united behind one goal: To help independent filmmakers hone their craft. Through the years, NIFF has presented films from all over the world and provided a showcase for the actors, directors, camera crews and production staff of independently-produced movies. The festival also gives film-goers the opportunity to see productions unavailable anywhere else and sometimes the first glimpse of future industry success stories!
…IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Near Nazareth Festival is a film festival that is held annually in Israel and serves to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world. Through cooperation with movie lovers and filmmakers from around the world, they will make history. Today, filmmakers from 65 countries participate and present their works during the festival.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Tangier international Film Festival has firmly established itself on the regional film fest circuit as one of the most reputable african film festivals. Offering an impressive selection of competitive Features, Fiction shorts, Animation Shorts and Documentary shorts with the presence of very important distributors and festival agents from around the world.
Launched in 2009 by Laboratoire d’Art, Cabriolet Film Festival (CFF) is the first outdoor film festival of its kind in Lebanon. Since its inception, CFF has become an annual cultural event taking place over the course of three consecutive nights on Saint Nicolas Stairs – Gemmayze, in the heart of Beirut.
The Notre Dame University-Louaize International Film Festival (NDUIFF), a short film festival founded in 2007 at NDU, Lebanon, is celebrated annually in November under its constant theme “The Power of Youth.” As the theme reflects, their mission is to promote young filmmakers by screening their films in front of a large audience and promote their talents and artistic excellence.
Zanzibar International Film Festival is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9 day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself. The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.
The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers through the Clewers Film Challenge, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley.
The Mt. Fuji – Atami Film Festival is our sister festival, set to be Japan’s 1st independent international film festival. They have six categories and twelve awards along with a gala opening and closing ceremony in Atami – The Hollywood of Japan! Mt. Fuji overlooks the seaside resort of Atami. Atami is famously known as a seat for traditional geisha culture and has been called the “Naples of Japan.” But in June, Atami becomes the “Hollywood of Japan.”
Founded in 1997, Ying E Chi is a non-profit arts organisation established by a group of Hong Kong independent filmmakers. Their mission is to unite local independent filmmakers, as well as to distribute and to promote independent films. Local film productions are dominated by commercial hegemony. Many of the mainstream productions are market oriented, lacking in reflection and critique on status quo. Thus, they emphasise independent spirit, in which creativity comes first, and are intended to discover productions with greater artistic and social value. They will keep exploring more channels for independent films to connect with general audience as we head towards their 20th anniversary.
Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as BALINALE, invites international filmmakers to present their work to a discerning audience that’s a wonderful mix of locals and expatriates from across the globe. Recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films, it is also credited for the quality of the associated events where filmmakers enjoy BALINALE’s relaxed and familiar manner informally meeting to discuss films, trends and the demands of a growing fast paced industry.