Our Paris Series Part IV: Canal Saint Martin

By Sophie Nellis The best place to go if you’re looking for atmosphere… In addition to the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est, one of the key landmarks in the 10th arrondissement is the Canal St-Martin. Although the northern part of the canal has a slightly industrial feel to it, the southern part […]

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Positively A Place To Be!

Don’t miss Club Positif‘s monthly event this December at Le Grand Action! Tuesday, the 22nd of December at 8pm, Le Grand Action will be holding its monthly débat animé, this month lead by Pierre Eisenreich from Club Positif. Each month Club Positif shows a selected film and holds a discussion after the screening. The film […]

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Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d’Or Short Film award for his film « Arena » at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)   Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded « Best Short Film » at Cannes 2009 for his film, « Arena » Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the […]

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Film Annex – Connect Through Film

Thanks to The Film Annex Network, you can now watch trailers from this year’s recent submissions as well as interviews with past award winners including Sam Holland, director of Zebra Crossings which was awarded “Best European Independent Film 2009.” The Film Annex, a free online video and Web TV platform allows you to download, watch, […]

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ÉCU Announces Partner Festival: Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival

The Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival, we are happy to announce, is now one of ÉCU’s partner festivals! This already renowned film festival based in Portugal presents the seventh art at its best. At the Curtas of Vila do Conde Festival, film projections, video installations, and impressive combinations of music and film from all parts of the […]

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Meet Our New Official Music Partner For ÉCU 2010!

From the people who have been putting filmmakers and musicians together at Film Festival Week in Park City, Utah since 2004, Access Film-Music is now our official music partner for ÉCU 2010! During Utah’s famed Film Festival Week, which encompasses notable film festivals like Slamdance, Sundance, Tromadance and more, Access Film-Music Showcase has presented hundreds […]

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ÉCU 2010 Announces Partnership With Cineuropa

Who is Cineuropa? A website dedicated entirely to the European filmmaking community and a newly re-established partner of ÉCU 2010! The Cineuropa team provides film and television professionals from all over the world an invaluable resource created “to provide up-to-date information and other services essential to know one another better.” www.cineuropa.org Best feature of the […]

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Prize Announced For ÉCU 2010 Experimental Film Award Winner!

ÉCU is proud to announce its partnership with Modul8 for ÉCU 2010! Brought to you by GarageCUBE based out of Geneva, the winner of the ÉCU 2010 Experimental Film category will be awarded a Modul8 editing package, “a revolutionary MacOS X application designed for real time video mixing.” From veejaying to contemporary art to video […]

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A la Carte at Le Grand Action

If you think there aren’t any advantages to being young and broke, allow cinema Le Grand Action to prove you wrong. For the price of a tarte, those under the age of 26 can purchase the Carte Ciné Passion at 2€ and enjoy 3€ movies for the entire year. As for the older and wiser, […]

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Scott’s November Festival Update

Hi! Our early deadline is getting near so if you directors want your film to be in competition at ÉCU 2010 you’d best work on locking that picture and send us a screening copy as soon as possible! You’ll find submission details at www.ecufilmfestival.com. While everyone seems to have spent the year being battered from […]

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Film Festival Dos and Don’ts

By Clémentine Briand ECU would like to spotlight author Paul Osborne and his article « Film Festival Dos and Don’ts, » which outlines rules for filmmakers on the collaboration between filmmaker and film festival that must take place to have a successful screening. Take a look at our own Scott Hilllier’s comment in reponse to this intuitive […]

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The Perfect Pitch November Update

Rodrigo Vila pitching his project « Hero of Two Sisters Mountain » to a professional panel at ECU’s Perfect Pitch 2009 By Sarah Schutzki Voisin From London (Good Pitch) to Scotland (The Edinburgh Pitch) to Barcelona (DocsBarcelona) to Paris (ECU’s The Perfect Pitch!!), workshops, forums and presentations on the art of pitching have become one of the […]

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Our Paris Series Part III: Belleville

The view of Paris from Parc de Belleville By Sophie Nellis Next stop on our tour of Paris is the area of Belleville. Straddling the 19th and 20th arrondissements, Belleville is located between Rue de Belleville, Rue des Pyrénées, Rue de Ménilmontant and Boulevard de Belleville. It is situated on and around a hill and […]

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Our Paris Series Part II: The Nouvelle Vague

Belmondo and Seberg By Sophie Nellis The French New Wave – known as la nouvelle vague– was a celebration of youth, Paris and, above all, cinema. Many people don’t know that the term nouvelle vague was first used in 1957 to describe the new generation of French youth, emancipated 18 to 30 year olds who […]

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OpenIndie

Four-Eyed Monsters co-creator Arin Crumley has launched a new project, OpenIndie, which aims to democratize the distribution of independent film. OpenIndie is using Kickstarter to raise $10,000. The campaign has only 8 days left and still needs $5,000. So lets all get behind this exciting project and contribute!

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Scott’s Festival Update

Scott Hillier, Festival President It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years already. Five years of hard work, five years of listening to the disbelievers who said that this event would never happen. My reward is a mind full of the great films that we have screened, the pleasure I’ve seen in our audiences […]

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WE HAVE A NEW VENUE!!!

The European Independent Film Festival is excited to have a new location in the heart of the Latin Quarter! Check out the hippest cinema joint in town, Le Grand Action Cinema (5 rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris) where this year’s festival will take place March 12-14th, 2010.

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Our Paris Series Part I: The Latin Quarter

The bustling Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement In our first of a series of exposés, ÉCU will bring you tips and insights into a different quartier of Paris with each newsletter. By the time the festival rolls ’round, you’ll be able to fit in like a true Parisian! (That does not mean buying a […]

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