APRIL NEWSLETTER UPDATE

April is easily shaping up to be one of the nicest months Paris has seen, but that doesn’t mean we have come out of our post-festival depression just yet! The 2013 European Independent Film Festival was one of the most incredible events of the year and the entire ÉCU staff is more than grateful for […]

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Spotlight – Audrey Tautou

Cannes is just around the corner, and in honor of this year’s utterly adorable MC, this week’s SPOTLIGHT is none other than Audrey Tautou! The classic beauty is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival and will make the perfect hostess for this year’s 2013 Cannes Film Festival opening and closing ceremonies.  The internationally known […]

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ÉCU Exclusive Interview With American Courtesans’ Kristen DiAngelo

It has been three weeks since the 2013 European Independent Film Festival and I still cannot get this documentary out of my head.  The trailer was one of the Official Selection’s most viewed, but really, that doesn’t even do it justice.  It would be impossible to even begin to convey all that’s depicted in this […]

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This was just the beginning…

Yo, Here’s another for Ye Olde blog. I”m just going to type it directly into this e-mail if that’s fine. Well, there’s the first day of ECU’s wonderful Film Festival done. What have we learned? The films look amazing on the big screen, the VIP tent outside is bizarrely warmer than the Cinema inside, and […]

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Interview with Matthias Rosenberger, Director of “Spaghetti for Two”

ÉCU had the pleasure of interviewing Matthias Rosenberger, director of “Spaghetti for Two”, Official Selection 2013 nominee for best European Dramatic Short. “Spaghetti for Two” is an impressive short that praises humanity in just 18 charming minutes. Adapted from the same named short story by Federica de Cesca, director Matthias Rosenberger lets his contrasting characters, […]

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Exclusive interview with Elham Abi Rached, director of Leftover

On 29th of March, ÉCU will screen 6 independent Arab films at Cinema Le Lincoln. Entrance is free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot here Recently ÉCU spoke with Elham Abi Rached about her film ‘Leftover’ which is one of the films selected in the Special Arab Section. In this interview Elham tells […]

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Get To Know The Bands!

ÉCU is pleased to announce that we will have not just 1, not just 2, but 4 confirmed worldly renowned musical groups performing live at The 8th Annual European Independent Film Festival! The following bands are brought to us by Access Film Music Want to know more about the bands? Check them out here before […]

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Exclusive Interview with Abu Bakr Shawky, director of “Things I Heard On Wednesdays”

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is highlighting six independent Arab filmmakers during this year’s festival who will be competing for The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking. Also featured in the Official Selection of New York Film Festival “Things I heard on Wednesdays”, directed by Abu Bakr Shawky is one of the six […]

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What to do in Paris in March

Le printemps! The winter thaw is finally over and Paris has yet again found its joie de vivre. Throw off your winter coats and don a pair of sunglasses, because the best way to enjoy springtime in Paris is to spend it outside. With warm weather and one of the largest indie film festivals in […]

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Why Supporting Arab filmmakers?

Enabled by new liberties, as well as affordable and accessible technologies, and inspired by recent political events, a new age of Arab cinema has evolved. The revolutions have instilled filmmakers with a desire to share and consume stories, and have incited a wider global interest in Arab film. These revolutions have expanded the window of […]

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ÉCU’s partner: Video Blocks

  ÉCU’s partner VideoBlocks is America’s #4 fastest-growing media company, according to Inc. Magazine and its prestigious Inc. 500 list. VideoBlocks.com, the first subscription-based provider of unlimited royalty–free stock video and audio downloads, reported three-year revenue growth of 1,606%, propelling the company into the top 250 across all businesses nationwide. 2012 was the first year Video Blocks […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS THIS DECEMBER

Even if Paris is not covered with snow like most of France and even Central Europe, December is just magnificent. The city is covered with oceans of light: between and on the houses, on the trees,  and even on the entrance to the metro. Shops seem to compete in window decoration, all so colorful, artistic […]

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Ukrainian independent cinema as a social phenomenon

Not much is known about Ukranian film industry, and less still is known about the Ukrainian independent film industry. When we talk about the Ukrainian independent film scene, we talk about “new Ukrainian cinema”, which is quite a social and political phenomenon in this country. The indie scene has become more visible since the last […]

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Winner of the Best Director at ÉCU 2012 – Blerta Zeqiri for her short film “The Return”

The winner of Best Director at ÉCU 2012 was Blerta Zeqiri for directing her short film The Return (orig. Khtimi) (2011). It was the first film from Kosovo to appear at the Sundance Film Festival, earning itself the Jury Prize in Short Film, International Fiction this year. The short features the return home of a […]

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Carl(a) – Trailer

Carl(a) is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. While Carla, a male to female preoperative trans gender contemplates on how to come up the the cash needed to complete her transition, she meets Sam, a heterosexual guy who likes her the way she is. But when Carla suddenly gets the funds needed for her transition […]

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The New Kid on the Action Camera Block

Action camera shots edited by ÉCU Partner, ZS2 Media.   The action camera market, previously dominated by GoPro now has new products pouring in from Sony, Contour, and JVC that are smaller in size and action-ready than ever before. The film industry has recently discovered the value of the smaller, more convenient DSLR cameras, which […]

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Interview with Award-winning Filmmaker Victoria Mather

Scott Hillier, President of ÉCU — The European Independent Film Festival, interviewed Victoria Mather, recipient of the Best Student Film at ÉCU 2011 for “Stanley Pickle”, at the “All Senses” event at the Tokyo Art Club. She shared her upcoming plans, creative direction, and thoughts on developing technology.

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The Last Day of Summer – Trailer

“The Last Day of Summer” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. The film follows the stories of 3 children of varying ages as they face the tribulations of growing up in Russia. Submit to ÉCU 2013: http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/2012/05/ecu-in-now-opened-for-submissions/

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