Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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December Newsletter Update

Despite these winter winds, things are heating up at the ÉCU office this month as we get ready for next year’s festival season. But we’re not the only ones anticipating the festival next spring. One of the greatest joys of being a part of the ÉCU team is receiving indie flicks from filmmakers worldwide. These […]

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New Submission – Derniers Recours

What lengths would you go to get what you want? Experience this undying battle between morale and temptation during this Dramatic Short about one man’s desperate search for citizenship in the submission trailer for ÉCU 2014 by Algerian director Mahi Bena. //Que feriez-vous pour obtenir ce que vous voulez? Suivre cette lutte entre le moral […]

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New Submission – Lynching

Observe a fresh perspective on the artificiality of human existence in this Experimental Short by Romanian director Lorand Janos. This submission trailer for ÉCU 2014 takes after the visual narrative coined by David Lynch and pays tribute to cinema, women, and life. //Observez une nouvelle perspective sur l’artificialité de l’existence humaine dans ce court expérimental […]

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New Submission – Brueder

Dealing with family issues always ends with trouble. “Brueder” by German film director Daniel Rübesam is submitted into ÉCU 2014 Student Film Category and shows us how helping your own brother might lead you back into a criminal path. Enjoy the trailer! //Drame familial peut parfois conduire à des problèmes. “Brueder” par le réalisateur allemand […]

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Spotlight – Billy Wilder

The rise of Nazi Germany during the 1930’s cast down a threatening shadow over Europe as it continued to engulf a sea of innocent victims. Billy Wilder, then a successful writer, uprooted from his home in Berlin and retreated to Paris where he sought salvation from the German forces. It was here that the Jewish […]

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Submit to ÉCU 2014

Submissions for ÉCU 2014 ARE NOW OPEN! **2014 Festival Dates – 4th, 5th, 6th April** Submitting to ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is easy, just follow these 3 simple steps: STEP 1. CHOOSE YOUR CATEGORY For detailed description of each film category please click below:  EUROPEAN CATEGORIES * Dramatic Feature * Dramatic Short […]

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New Submission – Perfectly Colourless

Lucy Chalke tries desperately to find a balance between her life on stage and her personal one. Watch the trailer of “Perfectly Colourless” by British film director Anthony Laurence, submitted to ÉCU 2014 in the Student Film Category. //Lucy Chalke essaie désespérément de trouver un équilibre entre sa vie sur la scène et sa vie […]

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Spotlight – Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was found lifeless in the back of her Renault with one last message to the world. Scribbled on a piece of paper next to an empty bottle of barbiturates she wrote, “Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.” The American actress turned civil rights activist died at the age […]

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New Submission – The Typewriter

The Typewriter The intimidating blank page troubles the writer who struggles to release both his fears and desires in this poetic short. Enjoy the mesmerizing story by French director Gabriel Richard in this submission trailer for ÉCU 2014. //La page blanche intimidant inquiète l’écrivain qui se bat pour libérer ses craintes et ses désirs dans […]

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New Submission – Otto Floss: Freelance Watcher

Do you ever fear you’ll disappear if no one is watching? This pensive student film by UK director Gevi Dimitrakopoulou delves deep into the insecurities of personal identity while exposing intimate details of humanity. //Avez-vous jamais l’impression que vous allez disparaître si personne ne vous observe? Ce film pensif par le réalisateur britannique Gevi Dimitrakopoulou analyse […]

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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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ÉCU is taking a walk down memory lane and interviewing winners from the 8th European Independent Film Festival. Each month we will post a new interview giving you an inside scoop into independent filmmaking. Check them out – maybe they will inspire you on your own way in the world of indie cinema! Eric Dinkian […]

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Spotlight – Steve McQueen

With award season starting at the other side of the Atlantic there is a name that keeps coming up in the best director nominations and that name is Steve Mcqueen! We should clarify for the 60s and 70s movie lovers that we are not here to break the news of the resurrection of the ‘The […]

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ONE SHORT FILM FEST is Now Open for Entries

ÉCU’s partner festival THE IV ONE SHORT FILM FEST in Minsk announces a call for submissions for their annual event! The Festival’s main goal is to discover and support young filmmaker and creating a public meeting space for filmmakers, critics and the Belarusian audience. Filmmakers from around the word can participate in the festival! To […]

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New submission – And Then Something Happened

Follow Israeli director Avigdor Weil as he breaks free from his introverted life when he acquires the company of the young Dita and her neurotic mother, Zelda. This trailer submission for ÉCU 2014 invites the audience to join Avigdor in his new experiences with romance and friendship in this experimental film. //Suivez le réalisateur israélien […]

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ÉCU Interviews Director Ben Mallaby

ÉCU is taking a walk down memory lane with past winners from the 7th European Independent Film Festival. We hope you enjoy this exclusive insight on the Best European Independent Comedy Film “Island Queen” from ÉCU 2013 with director Ben Mallaby. Learn what’s next for Mallaby and his future projects, why he chose to submit […]

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New Submission – The Bernoulli Trial

This trailer submission for ÉCU 2014 is a modern compilation of vintage footage from Marilyn Monroe’s final film that reveals a haunting sense of insecurity. The Bernoulli Trial by UK director, Zhel, creates a surreal experience in this experimental short that will leave you feeling mystified. //La soumission de cette bande-annonce à l’ ÉCU 2014 […]

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