ÉCU would like to welcome everyone to a cheerful and wonderful 2015! We hope you all had an amazing holiday and spent plenty of time with your family and friends. We look forward to everything this year has to offer.

The staff is returning from the holidays happier, more relaxed and, unfortunately, fatter. After gobbling up all of the holiday treats, we’re ready to get back to work. We’ve been working extra hard as our festival is fast approaching. In fact, submissions are closing on Sunday, January 18! If you have yet to submit your film, remember that films must be submitted via Withoutabox or FilmFreeway. Don’t miss out as you only have a few days left!

Aside from reviewing all of the film submissions, January has been a busy time for ÉCU. This month, ÉCU-on-the-Road headed to Berlin to screen 22 films from last year’s festival. Presented by Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V., ÉCU-in-Berlin was a great success. We had an amazing time and look forward to having even more events in this beautiful city.

At the end of the month, we’ll be escaping cold and cloudy Paris and heading to warm and sunny São Paulo, Brazil. Thanks to Caixa Cultural, on January 29th – February 4th, we’ll be screening 25 films from our previous festival editions at Belas Artes. So, if you get tired of sunbathing on the beach or sipping your Cachaça at the bar, stop by and watch some excellent films.

If you find that you have some extra time, why not head to our webchannel, EuroIFC, and watch our selection of films. There’s always something great to watch there. Also, stay updated on all things ÉCU through our various social media channels. We wish you all a great New Year but don’t forget that submissions close this Sunday, January 18! Get your films to us as soon as possible!

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