Submit to ÉCU 2014

Submissions for ÉCU 2014 ARE NOW OPEN! **2014 Festival Dates – 4th, 5th, 6th April** Submitting to ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is easy, just follow these 3 simple steps: STEP 1. CHOOSE YOUR CATEGORY For detailed description of each film category please click below:  EUROPEAN CATEGORIES * Dramatic Feature * Dramatic Short […]

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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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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 Simon Powell

What inspired his winning film? What are the thoughts behind the memorable lines of “Girl Shaped Love Drug” and how was his experience at ÉCU 2013? Simon Powell, director of the Best European Independent Dramatic Feature at ÉCU 2013 answers all these questions and introduces us to the-behind-the-scenes of his winning film. Check out the […]

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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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October update

Cold and cloudy October is the perfect month for watching films. That is what we’re doing at the ÉCU office with all the new submissions rolling in and we want to watch your film as well! Submit it now as there’s only four weeks left for the first submission deadline. But do we just lay […]

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New Submission – Into the Shadows

Have you ever heard about the desperate underworld of Johannesburg? ”Into the Shadows”, the new submission to The European Documentary category, directed by Pep Bonet is a film about the many immigrants that come to South Africa in pursuit of a better life and end up in the terrible slum buildings of Johannesburg. Check out […]

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Submit to ÉCU 2014

Whether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality. Through this dedicated quest and passion […]

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NEW EMPIRE – OFFICIAL TRAILER

“New Empire” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. Soviet iconography, the cyclicity of history and extreme free-market capitalism tell the story of a civilization that rises amidst melting snow in the ruins of a magnificent fallen empire. A sci-fi documentary on Modern day Russia and the failure of the communistic Utopian dream, told through imagery […]

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What To Do In Paris in October

What To Do In Paris in October Ah, yes… the leaves are changing, the morning air is crisp and fresh, and the sun is so ridiculously bright at times you may fear blindness! Plus, with the summer ease disappearing and the year’s school schedules and work routines just starting setting in, everyone is in need […]

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PUPPETEER – OFFICIAL TRAILER

Shaun is a lonely urbanite trapped in an uninspiring job and disconnected from those surrounding him in a metropolis. Yearning for human connection, he frequents the spot where his father died to revisit childhood memories when they practised the art form of puppetry; the metropolitan train stations to try engaging himself with fellow travellers; and […]

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ÉCU at the Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is North America’s most favoured 11 days for independent film. For 36 years, TIFF has provided an audience driven environment where independent filmmakers can premiere their work, and Canadian film has the opportunity to be presented on an international level. Film festivals and Canada were on my mind as […]

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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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The Boxer – Official Trailer

“The Boxer” is a new submission to ÉCU 2013! Danny King is a British middleweight boxer with the dream of becoming World Champion. Having sustained an eye injury in a lead-up fight to the Championship, Danny must decide whether the professional opinions of his doctor and his trainer are worth holding back his attempts of […]

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ÉCU’s Partner Open Saint Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning – A Young Springboard

Founded by Saint Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival, The Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of Saint Petersburg Government. The Film Festival “Beginning” represents a very important opportunity for independent and new cinema in Saint Petersburg. Every year the city at the Neva River […]

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LES POISONS – OFFICIAL TRAILER

“Les Poisons”, competing in student film category is a new submission to ÉCU 2013. Story of Jules, a little boy, who discovers some aspect of the love, in this nature furrowed by ants.

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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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