ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – David O. Russell and Silver Linings Playbook

It’s the start of February, and as the Oscars are just around the corner now ÉCU takes a look at another great indie film which has received an impressive eight Academy Award nominations: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Russell is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, and directed and wrote the screenplay […]

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ÉCU Attendance Grows due to ‘Brown Paper Tickets’ online ticketing

ÉCU Attendance Grows 40% Changes to Online Presence and Partnerships Lead To A Dramatic Increase in Film Festival Attendance Some of the hallmarks of success in marketing a film screening or festival are larger audiences and higher revenues. Filmmakers and film festival managers who want to build these metrics need an online presence that is […]

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ÉCU’s guide to indie film scene in… the USA

Sundance Film Festival, one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States, was held this past 17th to 27th of January. Celebrating the best American indie films from Sundance ÉCU has collected 5 facts you definitely need to know about American independent cinema. 1. What is independent? Despite the definition of independent cinema […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Wes Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom

At ÉCU we’re really excited about the large number of indie film nominations this awards season! To continue in this vein we’re spotlighting a prominent figure in the independent film world, the American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Wes Anderson. He is the director and co-screenwriter (with Roman Coppola) of Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the quirky […]

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ÉCU’s guide to the indie film scene in the Netherlands: IFAN

To show the independent film scene in the Netherlands ÉCU have decided to take a look at its partner IFAN (Independent Film Artists Network) which make the independent cinema in the Netherlands possible. IFAN  was establised in 2010 by two young passioned filmmakers Oscar Paling and Jurriaan Strous. IFAN is a network and production company […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Michael Haneke and Amour

With the awards season fast approaching, there is a buzz around the independent film world because of the high possibility that indie films will really clean up at the Oscars. So many excellent indie films are lined up to potentially claim prestigious Oscar awards this spring and ÉCU is very excited about the prospect of […]

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The Independent Film Trust

The Independent Film Trust (IFT), is a UK-registered charity (Charity Commission number 1105749), which promotes the cause of independent film-making by various means.  Its patrons include Sir Alan Parker, Mike Leigh, Samantha Morton and Tim Roth.  Its chairman is Neil McCartney, the UK-born producer, consultant, journalist and entrepreneur. The organisation supports initiatives that encourage interest […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Tarantino Unchained

As American screenwriter, producer, actor and film-director Quentin Tarantino finds himself in Paris for the French premiere of his latest film Django Unchained (2012), ÉCU thought it would be fitting to spotlight him this week as we eagerly await the movie’s arrival to our screens. Tarantino is an indie movie giant, and one who has […]

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January Newsletter Update

New Year 2013 has started and hopefully you didn’t miss the opportunity to make a wish at midnight – a new job, love, or just a good year! ÉCU wished for more submissions to the 8th edition and for a successful ÉCU 2013. ÈCU had two deadlines for submissions: the Late Deadline at the turn […]

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What to do in Paris in January

January might seem like a slow month. Temperatures drop, Christmas holidays have ended, people go back to work and only tourists brave enough to bare the cold can be seen admiring the city. But Paris being the city of lights, love and fashion always offers a reason to stroll around through its streets. Event: January […]

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Indian Independent Film Scene

Indian Indie Film is a film without songs.© Cinema in India is a mass industry and belongs to the most important forms of entertainment. Colourful Bollywood films provide the picture of glamour and kitsch, a perfect world where the singing and dancing never stop and all the love stories have inevitable happy endings. On the […]

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ÉCU’s partner: Video Blocks

  ÉCU’s partner VideoBlocks is America’s #4 fastest-growing media company, according to Inc. Magazine and its prestigious Inc. 500 list. VideoBlocks.com, the first subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty–free stock video and audio downloads, reported three-year revenue growth of 1,606%, propelling the company into the top 250 across all businesses nationwide. 2012 was the first year Video Blocks […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Ang Lee – between Hollywood and independent cinema

A movie is really provocation. It’s not a message, it’s not a statement. – Ang Lee Ang Lee’s last work Life of Pi is said to be the most beautiful film of 2012 and this is fully justified. The film convinces even the harshest critics of this not only with its great visual effects, breathtaking […]

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ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: Peter Jackson’s rise from indie “splatstick” comedy to box-office smashing Lord of the Rings movies

With the arrival of the prequel to Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to our screens, we have to ask… just where does such an impressive film director as Jackson start out? Tracing the genesis of a prominent filmmaker is always enlightening, and in Jackson’s case his journey into cinematic epics started […]

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Ukrainian independent cinema as a social phenomenon

Not much is known about Ukranian film industry, and less still is known about the Ukrainian independent film industry. When we talk about the Ukrainian independent film scene, we talk about “new Ukrainian cinema”, which is quite a social and political phenomenon in this country. The indie scene has become more visible since the last […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Jim Jarmusch and the classical Indie scene

“If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.” ― Jim Jarmusch To improve your knowledge about classical independent film, ÉCUs spotlight this week is dedicated to American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, noted as one of the most influential proponents in the […]

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Newsletter Update

It is the time of  la rentrée here in Paris.. summer is over! But here at the ÉCU office, no one is crying and the festival is getting closer! It’s time to work harder. We have been very busy interviewing new people to join our team, writing articles, judging new submissions and following our partners […]

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ÉCU’s Guide to Italian Gestures

ÉCU OFFICE EPISODES Episode 6 – The Italians Over the years ÉCU has had interns from all over the World. We’ve had Poles, Danes, Brazilians and Roastbeefs; We’ve shared our laughs, wine, beers and tears with Aussies, Hungarians, Chinese and even the Irish. But for some reason for the last two years we have had […]

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