ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival reaches out to a diverse indie fanbase throughout Europe and beyond. We are proud of the reputation we have built over the last 11 years, forming close relationships with many film and culture networks. Here’s what some of them have to say about ÉCU:
“ÉCU endeavors to provide a cultural platform not only for entertainment, but also for active networking across the independent film world.” Read full article here.
“The atmosphere is multicultural, social engagement is in the air. Not only the artists came from different backgrounds. The Festival itself and the Filmmakers appeared completely prepared to look at delicate issues from a relativist perspective.” Read full article here.
“The festival is open to submissions from independent filmmakers from around the world, and provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.” Read full article here.
ÉCU referred to as one of the most notable film festivals in France and the “Sundance of Europe”. Read full article here.
ÉCU 2016: Filmmakers’ Testimonials
We love keeping up with filmmakers whose works we have had the pleasure of screening and enjoy watching their exciting future trajectories, so we are always delighted to hear feedback from all filmmakers, directors, actors and screenwriters who have received awards from ÉCU and have been involved with our festival.
Below are some of last year’s ÉCU 2016 winners’ wonderful responses to their film’s selection at our festival, noting the benefits that an accolade at ÉCU has for them.
“I’m so grateful and honoured […] your festival is an amazing opportunity to celebrate independent films and filmmakers.” – Iris Zaki, Best European Independent Documentary, Women in Sink
“[I think] it’s important that festivals really do say they’re indie. Not just to look cool and feel indie, but promote indie filmmaking because movies you put out this weekend all deserve to be seen […]” – Félipe Rodriguez, Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature, Kidnap Capital
“Thank you so much for this award, this is incredible and I’m so glad the film has gone over so well. I’m such a fan of France and Paris and ÉCU and everyone […] I’m overwhelmed.” – Maria Hinterkörner, Actress, Best Feature Script
“It’s great to get a prize at your festival […] this evening […] It’s awesome to get this prize.” – Denis Stein-Schomburg, Best Independent Animation, The Old Man and the Bird
“Last year I won an award [at ÉCU] and it was very good for my life after.” – Guillaume Levil, Former Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Winner
“[ÉCU] take music videos as a separate category on a film festival. I think that doesn’t happen often, I think that it’s a category that should be appreciated more.” – Kadi Freja Felt, Music Video Producer
“That is one [ÉCU's] dynamic website. Very cutting edge and sharp you’re kind of kicking Sundance’s website’s ass there and your program is diverse, edgy and smart and really engaging. I enjoyed visiting and exploring the site.” – Max Adams, The Academy of Film Writing