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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Spotlight – Mia Hansen-Løve

This week our spotlight focuses on Mia Hansen-Løve, a young but already acknowledged French filmmaker within the world of independent cinema. Mia is just 32 years old and is currently working on her fourth feature film called Eden that will be released next year. Director and screenwriter, Mia Hansen-Løve, started her career in 1998 as […]

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Spotlight – Gianfranco Rosi

This week we will be focusing on film director Gianfranco Rosi and his most recent achievement, prestigious Golden Lion award for the best film at the Venice Film Festival 2013 that he won with his documentary film Sacro GRA. An important fact to begin with is that the film was a first documentary to win […]

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Cannes Short Film Corner: Interview with José Salazar

Cannes, 24th May – Short films corner ÉCU had the opportunity to meet and interview José Salazar, the director of the film “Passage” screened at the Cannes Film Festival Short films corner, a film co-directed with Tom Smith. José Salazar, is a Venezuelan filmmaker who has been living  in Paris for the last 10 years. […]

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David Jakubovic and his film “The Forest is Red”

In a recent interview with ÉCU, the talented filmmaker David Jakubovic talks about his film The Forest Is Red, which won Best Non-European Feature at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2012. Jakubovic grew up in Israel, but was born in New York City, where he now lives. The Forest Is Red is set […]

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SPOTLIGHT: MEL STUART

This week the spotlight is on Mel Stuart, the documentarian and filmmaker who has recently died at the age 83. (Image of Mel Stuart) Mel Stuart was a celebrated figure in the television and film industry, most notably known for bringing the fantasy world of Roald Dahls’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the big […]

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Interview with Uwe Janson and Oliver Czeslik

Uwe Janson, director and co-writer, and Oliver Czeslik, producer and co-writer, are part of the Official Selection with their film, “On The Inside”. This political film was done without any type of funding. Both Janson and Czeslik believe that it is their duty to tell stories and to make things that mean something. Uwe Janson, […]

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Case Study – Crowd-funding a film – “Postcards from Paris”

Andrew Shermin shares his experience of making a film and using crowdfunding. This summer I shot a documentary about Paris that I produced myself, and am now trying to use crowd-funding to finish it. The concept was simple: a vision of Paris that was taken straight from reality, just a camera and a tripod on […]

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Who Am I

Meet some of the filmmaking faces of ÉCU 2011 as they introduce their films and what is was that inspired them to make their way into the world of independent cinema. Rencontrez quelques uns des cinéastes d’ÉCU 2011 dans cette video, où ils introduisent leurs oeuvres et dévoilent ce qui les a inspirés de se […]

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