STUDENT FILM: Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European and non-European student films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities.
NOTE: Entrants in this category will ONLY be eligible for the Best Student Film Award.
“We found all of your staff to be incredibly friendly and accommodating. Personally, I felt very welcome and at ease. I greatly enjoyed the Q&A’s and was glad to have the chance to meet with and talk to everyone else about my film. I couldn’t have asked for a better environment in which to showcase my work.” - Michael van der Put, Director of CALLUM, winner of Best Independent Student Film at ÉCU 2012.
ARAB SECTION: In its 11th edition, ÉCU is happy for the fourth year in a row to highlight independent Arab filmmakers, competing for The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking. The winner of this “Special Section,” will receive an award for their outstanding creative efforts dedicated to the memory of the late Ahmed Khedr, a talented director and good friend of the festival.
Films should be independent in spirit, original in perspective and made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities.
Previous winners include AMONGST by Mohammed Alsalman (Saudi Arabia); 7 HOURS by Farah Alhashim (Lebanon); A TEMPO : 3RD ACT by Maria Abdel Karim (Lebanon).
MUCH MORE THAN A SCRIPT COMPETITION (short and feature-length): As part of the ÉCU 2016 film festival, the script competition’s focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren’t aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short and feature-length scripts to the competition where they compete for the best script of the festival. We will read scripts in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian before making an official selection of the very best.
The two overall winners will receive an additional prize and the coveted title of Best Feature Script / Best Short Script 2016 – a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of “representation” and get their scripts read by the right people.
Previous winners include THE COMPETITORS by Ruth Greenberg, YELLOW DRAGON AND THE RED FOX by Anthony Etherington (UK) and BEFORE THE BOMB by Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi (Iran).
NOTE: Last deadline for the Much More Than a Script Competition is March 6th 2016.
IMPORTANT: If your film is chosen to be screened at ÉCU we will need the following in order to compile the festival‘s catalogue:
ESSENTIAL CHECKLIST: Before sending your film make sure you have:
1. DVD clearly labelled with: Name of film/Director /Run Time/Aspect ratio
2. Non English films need to be subtitled in English
3. Two digital screen shots of film (high resolution)
4. One digital photo of director
5. Synopsis in English and in French of no more than 180 characters each
6. Official trailer
The 2016 film Official Selection will be announced on February 17th and Script Competition shortlisted scripts on March 14th 2016 and will offer ÉCU festival attendees of all ages and tastes a chance to experience the unique offerings that can only be found at an indie film fest.