NEW EMPIRE – OFFICIAL TRAILER

“New Empire” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. Soviet iconography, the cyclicity of history and extreme free-market capitalism tell the story of a civilization that rises amidst melting snow in the ruins of a magnificent fallen empire. A sci-fi documentary on Modern day Russia and the failure of the communistic Utopian dream, told through imagery […]

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ÉCU spotlight: Charlie Kaufman and “crowdfunding”

ÉCU is a strong supporter of the unbridled creativity which is afforded to indie filmmakers, but acknowledges the difficulties in financing costs. This week the spotlight is on the acclaimed American screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who defies conventions and creates inspiringly innovative work. In September he raised twice the $200,000 budget required to […]

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What To Do In Paris in October

What To Do In Paris in October Ah, yes… the leaves are changing, the morning air is crisp and fresh, and the sun is so ridiculously bright at times you may fear blindness! Plus, with the summer ease disappearing and the year’s school schedules and work routines just starting setting in, everyone is in need […]

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ÉCU at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is North America’s most favoured 11 days for independent film. For 36 years, TIFF has provided an audience driven environment where independent filmmakers can premiere their work, and Canadian film has the opportunity to be presented on an international level. Film festivals and Canada were on my mind as […]

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ÉCU spotlight: Greta Gerwig and the ‘mumblecore’ film movement

  As the premise of ÉCU is to encourage and promote those who pursue their dreams in independent filmmaking, we are spotlighting the rising star, Greta Gerwig, the American actress and filmmaker who began working in ‘mumblecore’ films. Micro-budgets and amateur actors are key elements of the ostensible ‘mumblecore’ independent film movement of the early 2000s […]

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: ÉCU’s 2011 Best Actor winner Emmett Scanlan

Here at ÉCU we wish to celebrate the most adroit talents in indie cinema today and seek out the finest actors who display passion, intensity and ingenuity in their work. This week’s spotlight is on Dublin born actor Emmett Scanlan who starred as Charlie Barnum in the dark Irish film Charlie Casanova (2010), a part […]

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The Boxer – Official Trailer

“The Boxer” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013! Danny King is a British middleweight boxer with the dream of becoming World Champion. Having sustained an eye injury in a lead-up fight to the Championship, Danny must decide whether the professional opinions of his doctor and his trainer are worth holding back his attempts of […]

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ÉCU’s Partner Open Saint Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning – A Young Springboard

Founded by Saint Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival, The Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of Saint Petersburg Government. The Film Festival “Beginning” represents a very important opportunity for independent and new cinema in Saint Petersburg. Every year the city at the Neva River […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Catherine Deneuve – The Queen of French Cinema

Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema by Alessia Massa If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is […]

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ÉCU’s Partner Ro-IFF FILM FESTIVAL

The Romanian Festival, founded in 2005 by the “Artis Foundation” film production, is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, dared to be different by looking towards  the Black Sea region’s film industry. The festival has grown every year and become noticed abroad due to the quality of the submitted movies as well […]

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Join the ÉCU Team

Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is a great opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the fantastic world of cinema while working with a cool international team in the heart of Paris. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading festivals for Indie filmmakers, needs […]

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LES POISONS – OFFICIAL TRAILER

“Les Poisons”, competing in student film category is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. Story of Jules, a little boy, who discovers some aspect of the love, in this nature furrowed by ants.

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ÉCU’S PARTNER The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival

The first edition of the The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival was held from the 17th to the 22rd of September 2012 in Luxor, Egypt. The festival was organized by Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts (NOONCA) with the contribution of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture as well as public and private organizations in Egypt […]

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A Beautiful Impurity – Official Trailer

“A Beautiful Impurity” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. Story of Noah, a young and naive member of a clandestine underground group of neo Nazi’s in East London called the NDP. Although Noah feels that for him the NDP is like a surrogate family where he feels accepted and at home, his loyalties become seriously […]

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: MARCEL CARNÉ

  This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era. He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and […]

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HAAL – Official Trailer

In 1977, the military staged a coup in Pakistan, replacing the populist socialist leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto with the Islamist General Zia-ul-Haq. What followed are now known as the black years of Pakistan’s history, with brutal enactments of barbaric laws to persecute minorities, suppress women and silence dissent. People were flogged in the streets for […]

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ÉCU’s Partners Four River Film Festival and Youth Film Festival – The Yellow carpet

From 12th to 15th September 2012, the 17th Youth Film Festival and the 5th Four River Festival will become the most important place for Croatian as well as international high school film. Thanks to the organization of the Croatian Film Association and the Cinema Club Karlovac, the city of Karlovac will again “become yellow” and […]

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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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