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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Stephen David Brook’s Feature Film “Flytrap”

We are happy to announce that ÉCU 2008 Alumni Stephen David Brooks will begin production of his new feature film “FLYTRAP” early next month on December 5th.  “FLYTRAP” combines science fiction with dark humor to tell the story of an English astronomer who becomes spellbound by those who are holding him hostage. The film will […]

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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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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 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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