Orchids – My Intersex Adventure

“Orchids – My Intersex Adventure” directed by Phoebe Hart is competing in the non-European Documentary category for ÉCU 2012. Documentary filmmaker, Phoebe Hart, comes clean on her journey of self-discovery to embrace her future and reconcile the past shame and family secrecy surrounding her intersex condition. Despite her mother’s outright refusal to be in the […]

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ÉCU offers some tips to celebrate La Fête de la Bastille – July 14, 2011

In France, July 14th, also know as ‘Bastille Day’ is celebrated to commemorate the start of the 1789 French revolution and the country’s long road to becoming a republic thereafter. Much in the same way American Independence Day or Canada Day are celebrated, La Fête de la Bastille offers one the chance to attend a […]

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Don Justino Neve

“Don Justino Neve” directed by Daisy Jacobs is competing in the Student Film category for ÉCU 2012. One man, his dog and a trail of broken women. He’s filthy and gorgeous, cruel and mean, and irresistible to women with low self-esteem. A satirical and comic portrait of Don Justino, a beautiful, stylish and truly nasty […]

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Mossadegh

“Mossadegh” is competing in the Student Film category for ÉCU 2012. Set in Iran in 1959, the film follows ex-Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh living under house arrest and suffering from a life-threatening condition. Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust a brilliant American physician that is sent to treat him. “Mossadegh” est en compétition […]

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Long Time Coming

Drowned in sorrow after the death of his wife, Morris (52) drifts back into his father’s old barbershop one night, to reminisce. But his past comes charging back at him, and maybe this has all been a long time coming. Noyé dans la tristesse après la mort de sa femme, Morris (52) rentre de nouveau […]

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Eldorado

“Eldorado” directed by Henning Fromme is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Experimental Film category. “Eldorado” is an ÉCU 2012 European Experimental Film submission . ‘Being Rich, or How You Can Take It With You’ – a short film directed by Henning Fromme, written and played by Geoffrey Steinherz in the style […]

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Melt

“Melt” directed by Noemie Lafrance is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that melt away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light. “Melt” realisé par Noemie […]

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Gael Garcia Bernal season at the MK2 Bibliothèque

Aye aye aye, swoon! Ladies (and gents), grab your smelling salts and prepare to be won over by ‘Gael Garcia Bernal’ season at the MK2 Bibliothèque, running from now until July 12th, 2011. Mexican’s finest (and let’s face it, most caliente) actor is presiding over a retrospective of Mexican cinema at the MK2 Bibliothèque, which […]

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Only Sound Remains

“Only Sound Remains” directed by Tanha Sedast ke mimanad and Arash Ashtiani is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Dramatic short category. In the wake of the violent post-election protests in Iran, a family tries to hide the news of the death of their youngest member from their grandmother. “Only Sound Remains” […]

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Sabeel

“Sabeel” directed by Khalid Al-Mahmood is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. A story of two young boys who are taking care of their sick grandmother. They spend their days growing and selling vegetables in order to buy medicine for their grandmother. Having the road as the main source […]

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Lavan Director Interview

Check out a recent interview with Guilhad Emilio Schenker, director of ÉCU 2011 winner of Best Cinematography film “Lavan” at the IN THE PALACE film festival located in Balchik, Bulgaria that took place June 18-25, 2011. Découvrez cet interview récent avec Guilhad Emilio Schenker, réalisateur du film gagnant du prix “Meilleure Cinématographie” ÉCU 2011 au […]

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New Category – European Youth Film

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival announces the launch of a new category, “European Youth Film“, for it’s 2012 edition. ÉCU gives European youth the chance to submit their work to a supportive and engaging international community, providing them with exposure, helpful critiquing and the opportunity to participate in a real life film festival! […]

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Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which […]

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Vermin

“Vermin”, directed by Adi gelbart, is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. When three creatures mysteriously appear on earth, the authorities observe them and try to make sense of their peculiar actions. At first the creatures harmlessly wander the fields. Then they are seen collecting plant seeds for growing gigantic onions and lettuce. But when […]

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2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents

By Alexander Acosta Osorio The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents. Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were […]

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Legalize

“Legalize” is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. ‘Legalize’ presents the hard-hitting facts of the costs to the U.S. of its current marijuana laws and the huge benefits that can be reaped by ending this era’s disastrous prohibition policy. It compares the current failed drug policies with the failed 1920’s-era alcohol prohibition, and weaves facts […]

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New Festival Partnership: CinemadaMare Film Festival

ÉCU is proud to announce our latest festival partner CinemadaMare, based out of Rome, Italy. Below are some facts and figures about the festival! The “CinemadaMare” film festival was started in 2003, but eight years of exciting work have earned it a number of distinctions. 1. “CinemadaMare” is the biggest gathering of young filmmakers coming […]

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Live at Cannes

Our team is going to be attending the highly anticipated Cannes Film Festival from May 14th to May 21st keeping you all up to date via Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and even a few vlogs featuring: Interviews Videos Photos Cool articles Hints & Tips So stay tuned for more! _______________________________________________________________________ 21.05 Last day in Cannes. […]

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