UNA GUNJAK – BONA FIDE STORYTELLER

Una Gunjak is a London-based film editor who was born in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1986.  She graduated with a BA in Film Studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino in 2008 after which she earned an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in 2010.  Describing […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in […]

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ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

A SHORT GUIDE TO RE-ENTRY (United Kingdom) European Dramatic Short Saturday morning / April 9th / 7 Parnassiens, 11:51 Anwar Boulifa is a filmmaker who began documentaries having worked for the BBC, C4. ‘A Short Guide To Re-entry’ is his first short film and was shot with a mainly non-professional cast using improvisation to heighten the sense of […]

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February Newsletter update

The new year has started, our team is expanding, ÉCU 2015 is approaching and the Official Selection of the Festival is finally out!  Yes, dear indie lovers and supporters, we keep working hard for you. If you need inspiration take a look at the Spotlight section – we have a lot of badass women filmmakers […]

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Official Selection 2015

Français ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to reveal the Official Selection of its 10th Edition. ÉCU 2015 will showcase 84 films from 32 countries from April 10th to April 12th in Paris, France. Arab Special Selection AMONGST, Mohammed Alsalman, Saudi Arabia    WITH TIME, Malak Quota, United Arab Emirates    THE RIDDLE, Fidae […]

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Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

Français Ruben Östlund is a Swedish director, who stared his career back in 1990s by making skiing films. Only after making several skiing films in Europe and North America, Östlund entered the Gothenburg’s High School for Photography and Films and dived into feature film making. Only until this year when he finally got back to […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “How I Lost My Best Friends” trailer

“How I Lost My Best Friends” is a film by Natalie Schwan and our new submission in the category Non-European Dramatic Short. Through nostalgic flashbacks triggered by a return to his hometown, 20-something Danny analyzes his most influential and important relationships as he tries to figure out how to move forward in his life.

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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“With Time” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“With Time” by Malak Quota is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ in the category Arab Special Section. Abandoned and locked in a room, two young sisters live their life indulging in fantasies and struggling through reality.

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Spotlight: Lotfy Nathan

Français Lotfy Nathan is a young first time director who caught our attention with his bold documentary debut. Nathan, born in England to Egyptian parents, spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Boston then moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was majoring in painting when he decided […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “37°4 S” trailer

37°4 S is a film in the category European Dramatic Short, directed by Adriano Valerio. Nick and Anne, two teenagers, have known each other since their birth and are lovers since childhood. But Anne’s just made up her mind: she’s going to study in England, 6152 miles away from their small island in the Atlantic […]

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Official Selection – “Wolf’s Milk”

After being imprisoned for several years Marcus is determined to settle a score with his brother Simon. “Wolf’s Milk” is an European Dramatic Short Film by Hans Vercauter and it’s part of ÉCU 2014’s Official Selection. Have a look at its trailer!

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Official Selection – “Honour”

When Nadja is seen with a boy, a rumor starts spreading. Her family must now take action to restore Nadja’s honour. “Honour” is a film directed by Peter Sporremark and part of ÉCU 2014 Official Selection. Watch its trailer!

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Official Selection – The 9th

A provocative penthouse party, soaked with the sound of classic Jazz, hosts an array of offbeat guests who dance around an intensely hidden secret. The 9th is a Dramatic Feature by Nathan Codrington and part of the Official Selection at ÉCU 2014. Have a look at the trailer!

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Submission – “Eutanas S.A.”

Would you like to die the same way your icon did? “Eutanas, SA” by the Spanish director Victor Nores is an European Comedy Film and part of the Official Selection at ÉCU 2014. Have a look at its trailer!

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February Newsletter Update

This month was one of the most important and exciting ones here at ÉCU’s because we finally announced this year’s Official Selection. 85 of the best indie films will be competing for 24 awards during the 9th edition of The European Independent Film Festival! We are very excited and cannot wait what we have in […]

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Spotlight – Paolo Virzì

Français This week we decided to write about an Italian director that with a particular ironic style represents peculiar situations in the Italian lifestyle and just presented his new film “Il Capitale Umano”, a great example of original and smart independent filmmaking. Meet, Paolo Virzì. He was born in Livorno (Tuscany) and he studied cinematography […]

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Launch Party 2014

ÉCU 2014 Launch Party took place at the Gibus Club on March 11th. It was full of fun, live music, and previews of films from the ÉCU 2014 Official Selection. Have a look at this video to have a taste what happened during this crazy event: The live music during the event was great, here […]

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