Spotlight: Catalan Independent Film

Independent films are on the rise. Low budget films are breaking through into huge feature films, movies are being made without the help of major studios, and film festivals are premiering some of the world’s best independent talent. With the announcement of The 2013 European Independent Film Festival winners, this week’s Spotlight is featuring the […]

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ÉCU workshop “Editing and Structure!” by Antoine Vareille

When: Sunday, March 31st 2013 10:30-11:30 Where: Les 7 Parnassiens, Grand Salle Tickets Here So you’ve got a great idea for an independent film. You’ve written your script, you’re a pro with a camera – now don’t forget, you’ll have to edit it too! Not sure how to start? Intimidated by the process? Let Antoine […]

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“Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers” Workshop by Adam Leipzig

Want to know the insights of film financiers and distributors? Interested in getting tips from a professional in the film industry about how to distribute your film? This is your chance! ÉCU is proud to announce “Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers”, a workshop given by Adam Leipzig. Get your ticket HERE On Saturday morning we will begin […]

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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 Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Paul Thomas Anderson and The Master

With the Oscars just over a week away now, ÉCU checks out another great independent film and the award nominations it has received. The American film director, screenwriter and producer, Paul Thomas Anderson latest (independently made) film The Master has been highlighted this Oscar season as three of its principle actors are up for awards. Anderson himself has […]

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Yonathan Levy – Winner of ÉCU 2010 “Film of the festival” is back in Paris

After Yonathan Levy won the ÉCU “Film of the festival 2010” with his touching film “Das Kind” he has participated in more than 12 film festivals and several screenings in Hungary, Israel, USA, Brazil, Romania. Now he and the film “Das Kind” and will be back in Paris! Due to the great and long lasting […]

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Interview with Richard Rossmann – Winner ‘Best European Documentary’ ÉCU 2009

Richard Rossmann is an Austrian filmmaker whose film was awarded “Best European Documentary” at ÉCU 2009. „Ski Heil“ also recently won the “ISAH Film Award“ delivered by the US – based Ski History Association. VJ: For what reason did you embrace a filmmaker career? RR: I didn’t really follow a typical filmmaker career. When I […]

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Indian Independent Film Scene

Indian Indie Film is a film without songs.© Cinema in India is a mass industry and belongs to the most important forms of entertainment. Colourful Bollywood films provide the picture of glamour and kitsch, a perfect world where the singing and dancing never stop and all the love stories have inevitable happy endings. On the […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Ang Lee – between Hollywood and independent cinema

A movie is really provocation. It’s not a message, it’s not a statement. – Ang Lee Ang Lee’s last work Life of Pi is said to be the most beautiful film of 2012 and this is fully justified. The film convinces even the harshest critics of this not only with its great visual effects, breathtaking […]

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ÉCU Spotligt: New Year’s Special

New Year 2013 is just around the corner and a mood of celebration is in the air. Some people are busy preparing for a big party, some people want to have a cosy evening at home. ÉCU have selected some good indie films for you to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, as well as for […]

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ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: Peter Jackson’s rise from indie “splatstick” comedy to box-office smashing Lord of the Rings movies

With the arrival of the prequel to Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord of the Rings film trilogy to our screens, we have to ask… just where does such an impressive film director as Jackson start out? Tracing the genesis of a prominent filmmaker is always enlightening, and in Jackson’s case his journey into cinematic epics started […]

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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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“Captain Abu Raed”

The first time I went home to Canada after living in France for a year I experienced what can only be described as culture shock. There were many things that I had become accustomed to expect or act like while in Paris that just didn’t translate well to Toronto life. For instance, pushing doesn’t exist […]

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PUPPETEER – OFFICIAL TRAILER

Shaun is a lonely urbanite trapped in an uninspiring job and disconnected from those surrounding him in a metropolis. Yearning for human connection, he frequents the spot where his father died to revisit childhood memories when they practised the art form of puppetry; the metropolitan train stations to try engaging himself with fellow travellers; and […]

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INTERN BUZZ MAY 2012

Daria and Lucia are the ÉCU intern buzz for the month of May. Check out this crazy double interview to our beautiful italian interns!

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Death of the Big Screen?

Inspired by the Blog article: “How Long Until A Feature Film Made on the iPhone is in Theaters” by Peter Hall, our Intern Heather Poole gives her opinion on the future of Filmmaking: The new iPhone 4G is the latest edition to the Apple revolution but is it the beginning of the end for the […]

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Blocked

“Blocked”, directed by Thorbjorn Magnus, is competing in ECU 2010’s European Dramatic Short category. Check out this trailer!

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