Spotlight – Neill Blomkamp

Since South Africa is being on the spotlight lately, ÉCU’s Spotlight this week is dedicated to a South African artist of international acclaim. And the artist in question is director Neill Blomkamp. Maybe his name doesn’t sound familiar but his work might, Blomkamp is the artist responsible behind the hit film District 9 and the 2013 Elysium amongst other projects. […]

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December Newsletter Update

Despite these winter winds, things are heating up at the ÉCU office this month as we get ready for next year’s festival season. But we’re not the only ones anticipating the festival next spring. One of the greatest joys of being a part of the ÉCU team is receiving indie flicks from filmmakers worldwide. These […]

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New Submission – Derniers Recours

What lengths would you go to get what you want? Experience this undying battle between morale and temptation during this Dramatic Short about one man’s desperate search for citizenship in the submission trailer for ÉCU 2014 by Algerian director Mahi Bena. //Que feriez-vous pour obtenir ce que vous voulez? Suivre cette lutte entre le moral […]

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New Submission – Numbers

Two ruthless individuals take roller skating to a whole new level in a cross-continental journey through Europe in this experimental short film by German directors Sascha Dornhoefer and Alexandra Rothert. Take a peek inside their dangerous bag of tricks in this trailer submission for ECU 2014. //Ces deux personnes incroyables prennent le patinage à roulettes […]

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New Submission – Brueder

Dealing with family issues always ends with trouble. “Brueder” by German film director Daniel Rübesam is submitted into ÉCU 2014 Student Film Category and shows us how helping your own brother might lead you back into a criminal path. Enjoy the trailer! //Drame familial peut parfois conduire à des problèmes. “Brueder” par le réalisateur allemand […]

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Spotlight – Jean Seberg

Jean Dorothy Seberg was found lifeless in the back of her Renault with one last message to the world. Scribbled on a piece of paper next to an empty bottle of barbiturates she wrote, “Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves.” The American actress turned civil rights activist died at the age […]

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Stephen David Brook’s Feature Film “Flytrap”

We are happy to announce that ÉCU 2008 Alumni Stephen David Brooks will begin production of his new feature film “FLYTRAP” early next month on December 5th.  “FLYTRAP” combines science fiction with dark humor to tell the story of an English astronomer who becomes spellbound by those who are holding him hostage. The film will […]

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New Submission – The Typewriter

The Typewriter The intimidating blank page troubles the writer who struggles to release both his fears and desires in this poetic short. Enjoy the mesmerizing story by French director Gabriel Richard in this submission trailer for ÉCU 2014. //La page blanche intimidant inquiète l’écrivain qui se bat pour libérer ses craintes et ses désirs dans […]

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New Submission – Otto Floss: Freelance Watcher

Do you ever fear you’ll disappear if no one is watching? This pensive student film by UK director Gevi Dimitrakopoulou delves deep into the insecurities of personal identity while exposing intimate details of humanity. //Avez-vous jamais l’impression que vous allez disparaître si personne ne vous observe? Ce film pensif par le réalisateur britannique Gevi Dimitrakopoulou analyse […]

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NURT

For the second year in a row, ÉCU is honored to be partnered with NURT Documentary Film Festival! NURT, located in Kielce, Poland, is the largest film event devoted to Polish documentaries. After 18 years, the festival’s reputation continues to grow. The festival is not lacking in historical documentaries. In fact, one of last year’s […]

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ÉCU is taking a walk down memory lane and interviewing winners from the 8th European Independent Film Festival. Each month we will post a new interview giving you an inside scoop into independent filmmaking. Check them out – maybe they will inspire you on your own way in the world of indie cinema! Eric Dinkian […]

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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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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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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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New Submission – Thirteen Blue

Ellie is a lonely only-child, who spends her lazy summertime walking in the family’s building, eating ice-creams and facing her first existential questions. She’s the main character in “Thirteen Blue” – our new submission to the Student Film Category, which is situated in Greece and directed by Zaklin Lentzou. Watch the trailer here and step […]

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