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 Simon Powell

What inspired his winning film? What are the thoughts behind the memorable lines of “Girl Shaped Love Drug” and how was his experience at ÉCU 2013? Simon Powell, director of the Best European Independent Dramatic Feature at ÉCU 2013 answers all these questions and introduces us to the-behind-the-scenes of his winning film. Check out the […]

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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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Spotlight – Javier Badem

Maybe now you know Bardem as the go-to-guy in Hollywood for playing villains with crazy hair, however as most European actors he got his start in the independent cinema. His first big break came with Jamon Jamon by Bigas Luna in 1992. The art house Spanish director has given Bardem his first small role in […]

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What to do in Paris in November

Warm jackets, thick scarves, frosty fingertips, and drippy umbrellas. Winter is among us. But even the cold can’t keep us away from the wondrous events November has in store for Paris. So bundle up, grab a friend, and explore the many artistic realms of this vast city. Event: In Bloom Birthday Party Swedish artist Molly […]

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October update

Cold and cloudy October is the perfect month for watching films. That is what we’re doing at the ÉCU office with all the new submissions rolling in and we want to watch your film as well! Submit it now as there’s only four weeks left for the first submission deadline. But do we just lay […]

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Spotlight – Dee Rees

This week’s Spotlight focuses on American, independent screenwriter and director, Dee Rees. Recognized by Filmmaker Magazine as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2008, she has written and directed many short films. Her latest, “Pariah,” having played at over 40 film festivals including Sundance, won the Audience Award at the L.A. Film […]

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Spotlight – Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was born on November 12, 1982 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother Kathleen Hathaway, who is also an actress, led Anne into pursuing her own career. She first gained major popularity in 2004 when “The Princess Diaries” was premiered. After that she has played in many major films such as […]

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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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What to do in Paris in October

As always Paris is bursting with creativity and it’s not difficult to find inspiration in this beautiful city. But if you really are struggling on what to do in Paris this month, then ÉCU is here to give you the-must-experience for this month in cinema, fashion, art and music. Some are forward looking others are […]

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New Submission – One Hundred Grams

Here’s the trailer for a new submission to ÉCU 2014’s Student Film category. ”One Hundred Grams”, directed by Bareun Jo and produced in the UK tells the story of a father, just released from jail, who seeks forgiveness from his family for the terrible crime he committed 5 years ago. Want to know more? Have […]

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Spotlight – Sarah Polley

Canadian Sarah Polley is a triple threat: actress, director, and activist. Polley first broke into the film world by acting in series such as Ramona and Road to Avonlea. Her stellar roles in Straight Up and in the 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter, were what brought her considerable attention in the United States. She won the Gemini Award for Best Performance in […]

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New Submission – Sharia

”Sharia” coming from the US and directed by Anouar H. Smaine is ÉCU 2014’s new submission to the Non-European Dramatic Feature category. It tells the difficult love story about American Heather and Middle-Eastern Sofiane. Having different perspectives on their future plans, their relationship is at stake not because they want to stick to their cultural […]

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Partner Festival – Ro-IFF

The Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) will be kicking off their 2013 edition this weekend in Bucharest. Following a successful association last year, in which ÉCU’s own Festival Manager, Kadi Lokk, sat on the panel of judges, ÉCU is proud to continue partnership with Ro-IFF again this year. Since its establishment in 2005, Ro-IFF has […]

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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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La vie d’Adèle – Review

“La vie d’Adèle”, fifth film of the franco-tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche is a must-see for everyone. After been named best film at Cannes, the film has been described as politic, provocative and shocking. The lesbian sex scenes are indeed very explicit, however the striking power of this masterpiece lies in its ability to describe the […]

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ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival 2013

Here we are people: ÉCU has finally landed in Cannes! Like every year, ÉCU is here to search new indie talents around the world, to run from meetings to meetings and, of course, to enjoy the fabulous parties. Also look out, we might even cross you on the red carpet. Don’t you think that Cannes […]

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