Interview with Tannaz Hazemi – Director of “Before the Bomb”

Français Last year, ÉCU handed the short script prize to Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi’s heart-wrenching drama, BEFORE THE BOMB. Tannaz has since taken the story from script to screen and returned triumphantly into our Official Selection. We caught up with her to see how she got from self-funded micro budget films to her latest […]

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Spotlight – Samira Makhmalbaf

Français In honour of International Women’s Day, which was this past Sunday, we want to commemorate one awesome and groundbreaking female director, Samira Makhmalbaf. Although she is the daughter of the acclaimed film director, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, she has quickly made a name for herself, ultimately becoming one of the most influential directors of the Iranian […]

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“My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“My name is Franco and I like dark chocolate” a film by Silvia de Gennaro, is in the ÉCU 2015 Official Selection into European Experimental category. In 2033, social networks have made the Internet the place of the collective unconscious where confused identities are lost in a shapeless global identity. The protagonist’ reaction is to […]

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Submission – Still Got Lives

Marco and Lisa are in love. Online, they fight side by side but in real life Lisa refuses to meet Marco. When he decides to go searching for her he finds a new world. “Still Got Lives” is a Student Film by Jan-Gerrit Seyler and part of the Official Selection at ÉCU 2014.

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – David O. Russell and Silver Linings Playbook

It’s the start of February, and as the Oscars are just around the corner now ÉCU takes a look at another great indie film which has received an impressive eight Academy Award nominations: David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Russell is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, and directed and wrote the screenplay […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Wes Anderson and Moonrise Kingdom

At ÉCU we’re really excited about the large number of indie film nominations this awards season! To continue in this vein we’re spotlighting a prominent figure in the independent film world, the American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Wes Anderson. He is the director and co-screenwriter (with Roman Coppola) of Moonrise Kingdom (2012), the quirky […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Indies at the Oscars – Michael Haneke and Amour

With the awards season fast approaching, there is a buzz around the independent film world because of the high possibility that indie films will really clean up at the Oscars. So many excellent indie films are lined up to potentially claim prestigious Oscar awards this spring and ÉCU is very excited about the prospect of […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Tarantino Unchained

As American screenwriter, producer, actor and film-director Quentin Tarantino finds himself in Paris for the French premiere of his latest film Django Unchained (2012), ÉCU thought it would be fitting to spotlight him this week as we eagerly await the movie’s arrival to our screens. Tarantino is an indie movie giant, and one who has […]

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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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ÉCU Spotlight: Bernardo Bertolucci receives EFA Lifetime Achievement Award

Italian director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci (age 72) is a rare and unusual gem in the filmmaking world – one who has been in the game for fifty years. ÉCU is happy to hear that he’s received recognition for his life’s work at the recent European Film Awards as they honoured him with the Lifetime […]

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ÉCU Spotlight: Jim Jarmusch and the classical Indie scene

“If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.” ― Jim Jarmusch To improve your knowledge about classical independent film, ÉCUs spotlight this week is dedicated to American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, noted as one of the most influential proponents in the […]

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Portrait of an independent filmmaker: Egil Pedersen

by Catherine Rierson   I met Egil Pedersen on the way to one of the festival’s after-parties. With his hands stuffed in his jacket’s pockets, the scarf tightly wound around his neck, and his overall quiet disposition, I was initially hesitant to approach the seemingly timid director. Nonetheless, in the bright, fluorescent light of the […]

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Interview with independent Film Producer Preston Clay Reed

As part of G-Technology’s ongoing support for the ECU community, we’ll be bringing you regular exclusive interviews from filmmakers and producers in the field, sharing top hints and tips. Let’s kick off with Preston Clay Reed – an independent film producer and member of the bi-coastal, American based production company, Fretboard Pictures LLC. His film […]

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