NURT

For the second year in a row, ÉCU is honored to be partnered with NURT Documentary Film Festival! NURT, located in Kielce, Poland, is the largest film event devoted to Polish documentaries. After 18 years, the festival’s reputation continues to grow. The festival is not lacking in historical documentaries. In fact, one of last year’s […]

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New Submission – LINAR

Check out the trailer of a new documentary submitted to ÉCU 2014! LINAR presents the story of a little Russian boy who got a heart transplant in Italy. A lot of people were by his side on his long journey full of hardships, except for his mother.

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New Submission – Gaetanino, mio nonno, San Giovanni e Berlinguer

The documentary “Gaetanino, mio nonno, San Giovanni e Berlinguer” is a new submission to ÉCU 2014 in the European Documentary category coming from Italy and directed by Emanuele Gaetano Forte. The documentary presents the tales of the grandfather of the author and his communist beliefs. He tells the story of his life: battles lost and […]

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New Submission – The Man Inside

In our new ÉCU 2014 submission “The Man Inside” we follow French documentarist Goury Karim on his journey to uncover the identity of his father. Check out the trailer to get a glimpse of what Karim has to deal with. //Le français Goury Karim à fait parvenir son nouveau documentaire à ÉCU 2014; dans “The […]

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Spotlight – Gianfranco Rosi

This week we will be focusing on film director Gianfranco Rosi and his most recent achievement, prestigious Golden Lion award for the best film at the Venice Film Festival 2013 that he won with his documentary film Sacro GRA. An important fact to begin with is that the film was a first documentary to win […]

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Submit to ÉCU 2014

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 […]

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ÉCU Exclusive Interview With American Courtesans’ Kristen DiAngelo

It has been three weeks since the 2013 European Independent Film Festival and I still cannot get this documentary out of my head.  The trailer was one of the Official Selection’s most viewed, but really, that doesn’t even do it justice.  It would be impossible to even begin to convey all that’s depicted in this […]

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SPOTLIGHT: MEL STUART

This week the spotlight is on Mel Stuart, the documentarian and filmmaker who has recently died at the age 83. (Image of Mel Stuart) Mel Stuart was a celebrated figure in the television and film industry, most notably known for bringing the fantasy world of Roald Dahls’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the big […]

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ÉCU Team Middle East Tour

After spending 10 days touring the Middle East, we are finally back in the ÉCU office. It’s nice to be back at home and we are ready to work harder than ever. PLUS, submissions to ÉCU 2013 are rolling in every day!              

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ÉCU’s President Scott Hillier shooting a documentary in Libya

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— 26/01 If you have a good story, pursue it — immediately and at any cost — preaches Scott Hillier, Oscar honored filmmaker and president of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Scott, in pursuit of a good story, is doing just that. Departing for Libya this evening, Scott and his crew will film […]

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ÉCU Alumni Faramarz Beheshti

Meet Iranian – New-Zealander Faramarz Beheshti, winner of Best Non-European Independent Documentary at ÉCU 2011 for “Salam Rugby”. It is a story of women rugby players in Iran, which may sound like an anomaly, but as this documentary shows, Iranian women are more than ready to dive into the scrum if only the authorities would let them. Following the Islamic […]

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Pirates Alley Trailer

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 Pirates Alley focuses on the rise of this Gulf of Aden piracy situation. The documentary focuses heavily on historical matters to this present chaos and carnage. Pirates Alley se concentre sur la montée de ce golfe d’Aden situation de la piraterie. Le documentaire se concentre fortement sur des questions historiques, […]

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Angels without Wings

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 The in-depth story and thirteen year journey of one extraordinary pilot who lost her career and health to what many say is aviation’s biggest cover up. This film relives the story of Melbourne born Susan Michealis through extensive footage and interviews. La profondeur et l’histoire de treizeans de voyage d’unepilote […]

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Mary and Bill- new ÉCU submission!

A documentary following two elderly athletes, Mary Stroebe, a 90-year-old triathlete, and Bill Wambach, an 83-year-old high jumper. Mary has just broken her leg while down hill skiing and Bill, who smoked for 45 years, is recovering from a heart attack. Despite doctors orders, both decide to train and compete in their respective events. Mary […]

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Alados-Colombia – ÉCU’s New Partnership

ALADOS-COLOMBIA presents the “13a Muestra Internacional Documental” (13th International Documentary Exhibition) By Ed Millar The Colombian Documentary Corporation, “Alados-Colombia” is pleased to invite all filmmakers, film professionals and moviegoers in general to attend the 13th International Documentary Exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia, 15th-19th November. This year, the 13th edition, will bring together documentary films from 4 […]

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Dilli

“Dilli” is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. ‘Dilli” is a moving collection of interviews with Delhi slum dwellers. Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade – Bawana without water, shelter […]

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The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan

“The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan” is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. It is a travel to central Afghanistan a few months after the fall of the Taliban. The film tracks cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from a childish eight to a fully grown eighteen-year-old. This is a journey into early adulthood in one of […]

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