ÉCU-IN-VISEU

ÉCU is going on the road again! We’re so happy to be heading back to Viseu, Portugal to screen some of our films July 13th and 14th. Viseu is located in the Centro Region and is known as the cultural center of Portugal, making it the perfect location to screen our films! So why go […]

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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS JULY 2018

Paris Plages (July 8 – September 3) If you don’t have time to make it to the beach, let Paris bring the beach to you! Every summer, the banks of the Seine and the La Villette Canal Basin are loaded with sand, chairs, and umbrellas to become a local weekend getaway! Though you can’t swim […]

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ÉCU-in-Japan

  We at ÉCU love to travel the world and discover new things, different styles, but, most importantly, to promote the creativity of our independent filmmakers through our many partnerships. We want our films to travel the world, to ensure we can spread the beauty and indie spirit of these films. The Mt. Fuji – […]

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What is independent film, really?

  So what exactly makes a film an independent film? Well, the answer is actually a little more complicated than you might think. By definition, an independent film is one that is produced outside of the major film studio system. Okay… getting a little closer to an answer, but what constitutes the “major film studio […]

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What to do in Paris in June 2018

  FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE: 21 JUNE Every year on the first official day of summer, Parisians and tourists alike flood the streets of Paris for the city-wide Fête de la Musique. The musicians range from amateur to professional, and if you yourself are a musician, you can book a spot to play your music […]

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What to do in Paris in May 2018

  ÉCU festival just finished last week with great success and we are already preparing the next edition! While waiting for this, Here at ÉCU, We have compiled a list of things to do in May in Paris to enjoy the arrival of sunny days! 1. The festival Villette Sonique, 25- 30 of May With […]

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WINNERS 2018

Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival – announces its 2018 award-winning films, including its highest honour, « Best European Independent Film 2018. » After showcasing 81 films from 37 countries, ÉCU 2018 ended its indie-packed weekend with a dazzling final ceremony recognizing 26 award winners in 14 categories. Winners included: WREN […]

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Spotlight: Guy Maddin

Screened at festivals around the world, Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog (2017) is his best experiment to date, a recreation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo through a dizzying collage of a dozen different films set in San Francisco. Condensing the thrill of the original while diffusing its curse, Maddin puts Vertigo’s crucial moments on rapid repeat, multiplying […]

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Movie Review: Wren boys

Wren Boys, Harry Lighton’s tale of a very unlikely love from Cork, Ireland will be played during Session 2 on Saturday May 5th in the Grande Salle at the cinema les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. To begin, the opening scene starts with a catholic priest ushering the importance of tradition during his sermon, as the scene […]

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LAUNCH PARTY 2018

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018’s LAUNCH PARTY took place at Rive Gauche night club 1 rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris on April 11th, 2018. Take a look at the video of the event: ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY at Rive Gauche has been an amazing night!Thank you to all […]

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Music and Afterparties at ÉCU 2018

ÉCU promotes all indie artists – not just filmmakers! During the festival weekend we will shine a light on indie music by hosting amazing indie bands and solo artists who will play during the day at the festival location and ALL night at the afterparties. ÉCU, during each day of the festival, will organize three […]

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Spotlight: Reese Witherspoon

Priding her position as an ‘A list’ actress and boasting a dazzling array of awards, Reese Witherspoon is doubtlessly one of the most respected actresses of today. At ÉCU we particularly admire Witherspoon for her producing and acting role in the co-funded production company Pacific Standard: a platform advocating greater visibility of female-led filmmaking. But […]

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#SheShoots 2018

For the second time ÉCU is proud to present #SheShoots, a discussion panel comprised of the female filmmakers in competition at ÉCU 2018. #SheShoots will take place Saturday, May 5th at 10:30am at Cinéma Le Lincoln (14 Rue Lincoln, Paris 75008). For women in the film industry, 2017 was a time of overdue recognition for […]

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Partner Hotels

This year, ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival has established a partnership with Human Hotel and Timhotel in order to help its participants to find an accomodation in Paris during the days of the festival.   HUMAN HOTEL « We’re a community of creatives and visionaries hosting each other at below-market prices. We support artists and social change […]

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Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

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ÉCU 2018 JURY

  JIM BITTERMANN is CNN’s Senior International Correspondent based in Paris. Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, among other stories.   REBECCA CALDER is an actress and producer who […]

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Much More Than A Script Competition – Official Selection

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists of the « Much More Than a Script Competition » for its 13th edition. We are proud to once again fulfill our goal of giving an audience to all the creative and talented script writers out there. The competition this year has been […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CLAIRE DENIS

  Though she didn’t become an established director until the age of 40, Claire Denis quickly solidified her status as one of France’s most important contemporary auteurs. Her films are known for their combination of shocking realism and sparsely gorgeous stylistics, treating postcolonial themes of estrangement, immigration, violence, and the exploitation of those living on […]

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