Spotlight – Abderrahmane Sissako

Français For this week’s spotlight, we’ll be taking a look at Abderrahmane Sissako. This “indie”-vidual’s name is a little bit of a tongue twister, but be sure not to forget it because he is currently one of the most prominent African filmmakers of our time. Sissako was born in Mauritania but moved to Mali as […]

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After Parties 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH Location: Péniche Henjo Time: 10:00pm – 3am What: Right after the Opening Ceremony of ÉCU 2015 all the guests are invited to the Friday Night After Party. Throughout the night there will be live music provided by Access Film Music Ltd. Come and mingle with musicians, filmmakers, ÉCU staff and other festival goers. How […]

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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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ÉCU 2015 Launch Party

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is happy to announce that its 2015 Launch Party was a huge success at  BADABOUM on March 11th. The night was full of live music, drinks and loads of fun! The live music was fantastic, have a look below at all the groups that played: Nausicaa – click here to vistit her SoundCloud page Passionate […]

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What to do in March in Paris

Français Things are blossoming here at ÉCU and we’ve got some ideas for how you can come out of hibernation and spring forward in style. Music  The teutonic duo of DJs, Digitalism, descend on Paris with their  epic  long sets. Fans have been known to keep dancing until the  security  kick them out. The music must be pretty […]

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FLEXIBILITY – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“FLEXIBILITY” a film by Remedios Crespo, is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short category. In the near future, the workers of a stickpin factory gather urgently to avoid the impending plant closing. The differences between the workers and the top management are not the expected ones.

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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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ÉCU-in-São Paulo

This January ÉCU-on-the-Road tour stopped in São Paulo, Brazil, to screen a selection of the best independent films from the previous editions of ÉCU. From January 14th to February 4th, screenings and workshops were held at Caixa Belas Artes. We were very happy to screen these films in São Paulo, such a cultural and vibrant […]

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Spotlight – Ava DuVernay

Français Awards season is in full swing and all of Hollywood is abuzz with their predictions for who will win. Today, we’ll be taking a look at someone who has been receiving a lot of praise for her indie work this year: Ava DuVernay. You may know her for directing and co-writing SELMA (2014), but […]

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Spotlight- Arnaud Desplechin

Français For the ending of this year’s Christmas season we would like to draw your attention to another French director – Arnaud Desplechin and especially one of his latest movie A CHRISTMAS TALE. Arnaud Desplechin started his career as a filmmaker after graduating from University of Paris III:Sorbonne Nouvele in 1984 by creating several short […]

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“Border Trafficking” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“Border Trafficking” by Peter Rautek is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short. A woman in her mid twenties is trapped in a miserable existence as a sex worker in a small Czech village. Her inner conflict bubbles up to the surface when she decides to take her chance for a better […]

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“One Thousand & One Teardrops” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“One Thousand & One Teardrops”, a film by Fateme Ahmadi is a a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Student Film category. A magic teardrop-keeper tells Louly the stories of seven women from Iran, who have been dealing with compulsory dress codes for two hundred years. Check out the trailer!

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December Newsletter Update

The Christmas decorations are up and we are getting into the festive spirit here at ÉCU! It’s a magical time of year where we can all enjoy plenty of hot wine, Christmas carols, delicious food and an abundance of fairy lights. New Years Eve is just around the corner as well, a time to reflect […]

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ÉCU-in-Berlin

Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V. presents ÉCU-in-Berlin. From January 14th-15th ÉCU is happy to host it’s first ever special screening event in Germany. This will all take place at Lagari Bar, an exciting location in the heart of Neukölln. We are very excited to be screening these films in such a vibrant and cultural […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “Alekto” trailer

“Alekto” is a film by Thomas Kaufmann and one of our submissions in the category European Dramatic Short. It is a science fiction short film which invokes questions about conspiracy theories and the entire evolution of Man. An earthling is kidnapped into space, discovering parallel dimensions that she could have never imagined.

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Spotlight: Ignas Jonynas

Français Ignas Jonynas is Lithuanian director who just released his first full-length film, THE GAMBLER. Before that Jonynas worked in the theatre for almost 10 years, had several shows in the radio, created couple of short films (SUNDAY AS IT IS and DANCING WORM) and was part of the first generation of Lithuania’s advertisers, thus […]

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Spotlight: Chantal Akerman

Français Each year Sight & Sound updates their list of ‘The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time’. The huge jury of critics, programmers and academics came to the grand total of 846 while the number of films by female directors they chose was… 1. JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE 1080 BRUXELLES (1975) by […]

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Spotlight: Frederick Wiseman

Français The genre of documentary would not be the same without him: tireless, prolific and incredibly intuitive, Frederick Wiseman, the director who reinvented the documentary, has made an enormous contribution by elevating and legitimizing it to the status of narrative film. One of the issues on which he has insisted above all in the unfolding […]

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