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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Spotlight – Spike Jonze

Français As indicated by the awards ceremonies so far, Spike Jonze will be leaving with an Academy Award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Oscars for his newest film “Her”. ”Her” is about a man falling in love with his OS (intelligent computer operating system). This bizarre concept follows suit with the rest of the […]

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ÉCU 2014 Submission Judges

The individuals who were our submission judges and narrowed down the most creative and most innovative films for ÉCU 2014 include: Eric Dinkian (France) – director of KORE, winner of Best Independent Experimental Film at ÉCU 2013 Martin Rath (Poland) – director of WRITTEN IN INK, Official Selection of ÉCU 2013 Muriel d’Ansembourg (UK) – director of GOOD NIGHT, winner of […]

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Jury members 2014

Suz Sainty  has been a member of the ÉCU jury since 2007. She is New Zealand born producer, director and screenwriter. She has lived in London for the past 20 years, working mainly in factual film and television. She is currently employed as a producer for Discovery.   Paul Anderson is a former BBC correspondent stationed in […]

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Where we are

ÉCU 2014 will be held at Cinema 7 Parnassiens, here’s how to get there: 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France Nearest metro stations: Vavin (Metro Line 4) Edgar-Quinet (Metro Line 6) Notre-Dame des Champs (Metro Line 12) Montparnasse – Bienvenüe (Metro Lines 12, 13, 4, 6) Click here to find out where we are on […]

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Official Selection 2014

ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection of its 9th Edition. ÉCU 2014 showcased 85 films from 32 countries on the 4th-6th of April in Paris, France. Arab Special Selection The 3 Suicides of Paul Hamilton, Daniel Gerges, Egypt Have You Checked Your Oil?, Karim Rahbani, Lebanon 7 Hours,  Farah Alhashim, […]

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Workshops 2014

Workshop #1: The Script as Source: The Beginning, Middle, and End of Filmmaking Where: Grande Salle When: Saturday, April 5th 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Though short-lived film revolutions have rejected the screenplay as blueprint for production, it remains as central as ever to the filmmaking process. Not only does it act as hub for the […]

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ÉCU-in-Athens, GREECE

This year ÉCU screened some of its films in Athens, Greece, on February 17th-19th. An incredible location in which we showcased some of the films that participated to previous editions of The European Independent Film Festival. 43 different films were screened during the event, from 17 different nationalities and among them 8 films were greek! […]

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New submission – “Parallel”

Two mobsters, one old and one young, get to know each other as they wait in a car park to meet a rival gang… The Dramatic Short film “Parallel” by Oliver Briginshaw is a new submission to ÉCU 2014. Have a look at its trailer!

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Spotlight – EuroIFC

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to… us! It’s not that we’ve become self centred, but we want to share our enthusiasm and introduce you to our new project, EuroIFC, a free and legal film-viewing platform. The channel is the brain child of the same active and dynamic team behind ÉCU and showcases independent films […]

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Festival Day 2 – Perfect Start!

After hours of dancing, live music and wonderful company last night, Festival Day 2 is now off to a perfect start! This morning the entire ÉCU staff rose with the sun and shining faces to kick off the day with Adam Leipzig´s workshop on “The Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers.” The theater was a packed […]

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Exclusive interview with Elham Abi Rached, director of Leftover

On 29th of March, ÉCU will screen 6 independent Arab films at Cinema Le Lincoln. Entrance is free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot here Recently ÉCU spoke with Elham Abi Rached about her film ‘Leftover’ which is one of the films selected in the Special Arab Section. In this interview Elham tells […]

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ÉCU spotlight: Halloween special – classic indie horror films!!

The ÉCU horror picture show presents… some of the most blood-curdling and spine-chilling films that indie cinema has to offer – to date! It’s time to revel in low-budget, top quality movies to get your festive fill of gore and dark thrills. These indie movies have succeeded in unsettling viewers without elaborate and costly special […]

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ÉCU spotlight: Greta Gerwig and the ‘mumblecore’ film movement

  As the premise of ÉCU is to encourage and promote those who pursue their dreams in independent filmmaking, we are spotlighting the rising star, Greta Gerwig, the American actress and filmmaker who began working in ‘mumblecore’ films. Micro-budgets and amateur actors are key elements of the ostensible ‘mumblecore’ independent film movement of the early 2000s […]

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ÉCU’S PARTNER The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival

The first edition of the The Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival was held from the 17th to the 22rd of September 2012 in Luxor, Egypt. The festival was organized by Noon Foundation for Culture and Arts (NOONCA) with the contribution of the Egyptian Ministry of Culture as well as public and private organizations in Egypt […]

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: MARCEL CARNÉ

  This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era. He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and […]

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ÉCU 2011 Trailer

ÉCU 2011 will showcase 77 films from 26 countries on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April in Paris, France. Take a look at the ÉCU 2011 Trailer and get a glimpse at what’s in store for you at this year’s festival! ÉCU 2011 diffusera 77 films de 26 pays différents les 1er, 2 et […]

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