The Future Filmmakers of Europe

11:15 and our first round of workshops here at Action Christine is done! Alan Arrivée gave his students all the ins and outs of making a film on a micro budget and ÉCU president came through with his own real-life experiences in the industry and clips of his own films to demonstrate his theories on […]

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This was just the beginning…

Yo, Here’s another for Ye Olde blog. I”m just going to type it directly into this e-mail if that’s fine. Well, there’s the first day of ECU’s wonderful Film Festival done. What have we learned? The films look amazing on the big screen, the VIP tent outside is bizarrely warmer than the Cinema inside, and […]

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Interview with Ariel Nasr, the producer of “Buzkashi Boys”

Q– “Buzkashi Boys” was produced by the Afghan Film Project. Tell us more about this organization. Ariel Nasr– Afghan Film Project is a non-profit NGO that was created by me, Sam French and Leslei Knott. We met in 2005 and decided to provide training sessions for young Afghan filmmakers. After months of searching for funding […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: the 8th edition of ÉCU film festival next week!

What is it all about? Why do we do it? What can you look forward to this year? Let’s get back to what ÉCU – the European Independent Film Festival – is all about at the end of the day: independent cinema. Why do we want to support independently made movies and the filmmakers dedicated […]

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Interview with Matthias Rosenberger, Director of “Spaghetti for Two”

ÉCU had the pleasure of interviewing Matthias Rosenberger, director of “Spaghetti for Two”, Official Selection 2013 nominee for best European Dramatic Short. “Spaghetti for Two” is an impressive short that praises humanity in just 18 charming minutes. Adapted from the same named short story by Federica de Cesca, director Matthias Rosenberger lets his contrasting characters, […]

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ÉCU workshop “Editing and Structure!” by Antoine Vareille

When: Sunday, March 31st 2013 10:30-11:30 Where: Les 7 Parnassiens, Grand Salle Tickets Here So you’ve got a great idea for an independent film. You’ve written your script, you’re a pro with a camera – now don’t forget, you’ll have to edit it too! Not sure how to start? Intimidated by the process? Let Antoine […]

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Exclusive interview with Elham Abi Rached, director of Leftover

On 29th of March, ÉCU will screen 6 independent Arab films at Cinema Le Lincoln. Entrance is free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot here Recently ÉCU spoke with Elham Abi Rached about her film ‘Leftover’ which is one of the films selected in the Special Arab Section. In this interview Elham tells […]

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Alan Arrivée presents the workshop “First-time Filmmakers and the Microbudget”

First time filmmakers hear that a successful film can be made on a micro budget, but how does this really happen? What systems are used? How does a filmmaker prioritize in order to make sticking to a micro budget possible? If you are interested on this subject, then it’s time for you to visit ÉCU’s […]

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Get To Know The Bands!

ÉCU is pleased to announce that we will have not just 1, not just 2, but 4 confirmed worldly renowned musical groups performing live at The 8th Annual European Independent Film Festival! The following bands are brought to us by Access Film Music Want to know more about the bands? Check them out here before […]

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What to do in Paris in March

Le printemps! The winter thaw is finally over and Paris has yet again found its joie de vivre. Throw off your winter coats and don a pair of sunglasses, because the best way to enjoy springtime in Paris is to spend it outside. With warm weather and one of the largest indie film festivals in […]

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Film Festival Ticketing Supported by Brown Paper Tickets!

Ticketing with low fees, phone support, online sales, and social responsibility. Don’t wait for to buy at the door! Buy your tickets to this and other film festivals in advance with Brown Paper Tickets. Browse online for other festivals in your area, check out posted schedules and film trailers, and then use your credit card […]

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Spotlight – Gael Garcia Bernal

The hype surrounding Chilean film No (2012) has been building since its screening at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and with its nomination at the 85th Academy Awards as best Foreign Language Film it has attracted even more attention. No has been well received at festivals – including Sundance Film Festival, where it was played […]

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ASFF 2013 Now Open for Entries

ÉCU’s partner festival; The Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2013 allows for both budding and established filmmakers to connect with new, worldwide audiences and interact with some of the biggest personalities in the film industry today. Over 200 short films will be screened at this unique event, in 15 iconic locations across the historic city of […]

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Why Supporting Arab filmmakers?

Enabled by new liberties, as well as affordable and accessible technologies, and inspired by recent political events, a new age of Arab cinema has evolved. The revolutions have instilled filmmakers with a desire to share and consume stories, and have incited a wider global interest in Arab film. These revolutions have expanded the window of […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Paul Thomas Anderson and The Master

With the Oscars just over a week away now, ÉCU checks out another great independent film and the award nominations it has received. The American film director, screenwriter and producer, Paul Thomas Anderson latest (independently made) film The Master has been highlighted this Oscar season as three of its principle actors are up for awards. Anderson himself has […]

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ÉCU’s guide to Indie Film Scene in…the Arab World

The 8th edition of ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival has created a new category this year, “ÉCU-Special-Section” that will feature innovative Arab filmmakers. The winner of this category will receive the Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking. This award dedicated to the memory of outstanding Arab producer and filmmaker Ahmed Khedr can only […]

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What to do in Paris in February

If January left you with no time to go ice-skating, or you forgot to indulge in the city’s shopping sales, the month of February still promises these things along with much more! Carnaval de Paris When: Sunday February 10, 1:30pm-7pm Where: Place Gambetta- Hôtel de Ville Reviving 1274 tradition, the Paris Carnival promises a Sunday […]

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ÉCU’s Guide to Indie Film Scene in…Mexico

“In Mexico everybody makes movies for all the right reasons, none of which are to get rich.”– Alfonso Cuarón There are definitely three things to say about Mexican cinema: it is very popular, it has influence over cinemas of the world and it is in general independent. In Mexican independent films you can see the […]

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