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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New Submission – The Bernoulli Trial

This trailer submission for ÉCU 2014 is a modern compilation of vintage footage from Marilyn Monroe’s final film that reveals a haunting sense of insecurity. The Bernoulli Trial by UK director, Zhel, creates a surreal experience in this experimental short that will leave you feeling mystified. //La soumission de cette bande-annonce à l’ ÉCU 2014 […]

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New Submission – London Memory multi+city

Let the voices of Stephen Brennan and director Margarida Sardinha serenade your psychedelic senses in this visual feast known as London Memory multi+city. This trailer submitted for ÉCU 2014 is a collaborative experimental film between the UK and Portugal and is sure to trigger your senses. //Laissez les voix de Stephen Brennan et de la […]

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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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Spotlight – Jim Jarmusch

If the Independent cinema were to give out titles of nobility then Jim Jarmusch would definitely be a prince and probably the next in line to be king. Since there is no such thing yet; he will have to settle with being considered as one of the most important American filmmakers of the independent cinema […]

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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 – Athina Rachel Tsangari

Athina Rachel Tsangari is a notable member of what-is-called the “Greek Weird Wave”, the new era of Greek cinema, along with Lanthimos, Avranas and many other Greek film directors. The international success of these filmmakers is what has gained attention to the Greek cinema once again. The 47 year old film director, writer and producer […]

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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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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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New Submission – Into the Shadows

Have you ever heard about the desperate underworld of Johannesburg? ”Into the Shadows”, the new submission to The European Documentary category, directed by Pep Bonet is a film about the many immigrants that come to South Africa in pursuit of a better life and end up in the terrible slum buildings of Johannesburg. Check out […]

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Partner Festival – Ro-IFF

The Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) will be kicking off their 2013 edition this weekend in Bucharest. Following a successful association last year, in which ÉCU’s own Festival Manager, Kadi Lokk, sat on the panel of judges, ÉCU is proud to continue partnership with Ro-IFF again this year. Since its establishment in 2005, Ro-IFF has […]

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ÉCU Intern Buzz n.16 – The Italian Way

Check out our new call for submission ÉCU 2014. This time in Italian style.Interviews and Videos

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The End As The Start Of A New Beginning

Sometimes the “dark” past can become the spring of “enlightenment” of a new generation. More than four decades of communism in which culture was used only for propaganda purposes might seem a legacy difficult to overcome. But in the case of Romania the “grey” past wasn’t an obstacle but the source of inspiration for a […]

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