Whether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality.

Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on being one of Europe’s essential events for independent films. This stems from the festival’s unyielding belief in its filmmakers and their artistic efforts.

ÉCU 2015 will take place in Paris, France from April 10th to 12th 2015.

For the last 10 years, we are honored to be able to foster creativity, innovation and a true independent spirit. ÉCU has developed into a global 12-month event, combining our 3-day event in Paris with our global ÉCU-on-the- Road tour where we promote our award winning films to a worldwide audience. We help filmmakers to share their amazing stories and we look forward to another great year of spreading the word that great indie films are the fabric of our souls.” says Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

The competition focuses on original and independent works that demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation across fourteen categories.

European Submissions:
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animation
– Experimental
– Music Video
– Comedy

Non-European Submissions:
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Submissions:
– Student Film
– Feature Script Competition
– Short Script Competition
– Arab Special Section

Early Bird Deadline: November 23rd, 2014
Regular Deadline: December 21st, 2014
Late Deadline: January 11th, 2015
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: January 18th, 2015

ÉCU 2015 will also host its 9th annual “Much More Than A Script Competition!”

The script competition gives writers the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged for being a central part of the collaborative filmmaking process. The competition focuses on independent screenplays that are not aimed at the mainstream or Hollywood film markets and demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation.

Deadline: March 8th, 2015

Independent filmmakers and scriptwriters may submit their films and/or scripts at www.ecufilmfestival.com.

For information regarding the festival’s rules and regulation for submitting films and screenplays, please visit: Rules-and-Regulations.

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