Brune/Blonde at the Cinémathèque Française

Eyebrows were raised when the Cinémathèque Française announced its October – January exhibition ‘Brune/Blonde’, so Jen Wallace decided to pay a visit to see if hair in Cinema really was the cultural-talking point that the exhibition claimed it to be. Throughout cultural history, hair is something that has always defined an era and played an […]

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Wishes for 2011 from ÉCU’s new festival coordinator Teodora Berglund

As we begin this New Year, the ÉCU team says goodbye to Rhiannon Hobbins who has been a dedicated festival Manager over the last four years. As Rhiannon leaves Paris and heads for new adventures in Australia, we welcome ÉCU’s new festival coordinator, Teodora Berglund. Here, Teodora introduces herself and sets out her hopes for […]

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Russian Ark

A few weeks ago, Russian director Alexander Sokurov came to the Forum des Images to present a short documentary and his feature film Russian Ark, in honor of the program dedicated to Moscow and St. Petersburg. One of the many elements that the filmmaker spoke about in his master class was the idea that there […]

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Letter to Film Schools – Special Offer!

Bonjour! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 6th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers and their audiences. ÉCU is not only a […]

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Godard & Others

“Godard & Others” is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. An uncompromising anarchic comedy about the state of independent film making in Britain’s post “section 44” society. A film by Barry Bliss. Check out the trailer! «Godard & Others» Un film par Barry Bliss, est une nouvelle soumission ÉCU 2011. Une comédie sur l’état du […]

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La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows

by Marc Rickenbach With well over 100 videos shot and published, La Blogothèque’s Take-Away Shows are hardly a well kept secret anymore. They have become a standard stop for bands and artists of all styles and status that tour through the French capital. Arcade Fire, Animal Collective and Phoenix have all walked the streets of […]

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Olympus iSpeed 3

by Claire Leonard It’s not surprising that since the release of Paul Bryan’s music video, sales of the Olympus iSpeed 3 camera have doubled, as it has proved the camera’s capabilities for so much more than its original design. The Olympus iSpeed 3, used by Paul Bryan in his music video for Knuckles/Sovnger, is a […]

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Making The Girl Dance: Guerilla Videos at Their Best

by Marc Rickenbach Baby, Baby, Baby Kill me French duo Make the Girl Dance pretty much make it clear that they deserve the award for best use of a marketing budget. In the age of the flip-cam, iMovie and all the other cheap filmmaking paraphernalia that is too easy to get your hands on and […]

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Meet Ana Clara Soares – An ECU 2011 Intern

Olá, my name is Ana Clara Soares, I’m Brazilian and for the past two months I’ve been a happy ÉCU intern. To me, Paris is magical, and I absolutely love it. There’s just so much art in every single corner, so much life that in the 2 years that I’ve been living here I can […]

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The Arts and Crafts of Music Videos

by Marc Rickenbach Continuing our celebration of music videos leading up to ÉCU’s inaugural Best European Music Video 2011 award, we take a look at some of our favorite animated and craft-savvy clips currently out there. The stylized live performance has been the go-to concept since music videos hit the scene some thirty years ago. […]

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Going Underground. Filming on the Paris Metro with Paul Bryan.

By Claire Leonard, ÉCU Writer Underground systems throughout the world have long held a magnetic attraction for filmmakers.  Be it the perpetual bustle of commuters, the transient nature of encounters, the stark strip-lighting or the endless labyrinthine, white-tiled corridors –there is a quality which brings filmmakers time and time again underground into these man-made environments […]

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The Strangeness of Poo

by Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU writer All of us can create certain ideas of what to expect of film festivals simply from thinking about their names. If it’s named Silhouette one can somehow expect “silhouettes” of ideas, expressed in a short film format. If it’s named The European Independent Film Festival, you can expect from […]

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Outlining Silhouette

by Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU writer September in Paris has been a month with endless opportunities for independent filmmakers to expose their work, and film-goers to enjoy them. With the end of our summer, it’s a time to enjoy the last moments of warm afternoons at parks or begin to find refuge in the movie […]

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Interview with independent Film Producer Preston Clay Reed

As part of G-Technology’s ongoing support for the ECU community, we’ll be bringing you regular exclusive interviews from filmmakers and producers in the field, sharing top hints and tips. Let’s kick off with Preston Clay Reed – an independent film producer and member of the bi-coastal, American based production company, Fretboard Pictures LLC. His film […]

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Not Yet

Not yet – 30sec Teaser from Tito Sacchi on Vimeo. “Not Yet”, directed by Tito Sacchi, is competing in ECU 2010’s European Dramatic Short category. Check out this teaser!

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Ludwig-265

Ludwig-265, directed by Oxana Vertinskaya, is competing in ECU 2010’s European Student Film category! Check out this teaser!

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