ÉCU 2016 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 9th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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ÉCU at MashRome Film Festival, ITALY

Français   ÉCU at MashRome Film Festival, Rome ITALY ÉCU’s partner festival MashRome Film Festival is the first film festival in Italy to showcase mash up, remix and experimental cinema. Their main focus is to contribute to the promotion of innovation and original works created through processes of renewal, growth and evolution of cinematographic language. Mixing […]

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ÉCU at Arkadia ShortFest, ROMANIA

Français   ÉCU at Arkadia ShortFest  ÉCU’s partner festival Arkadia ShortFest is young but already well-established international short film festival, taking place in Băicoi City, Prahova County, Romania. The first edition of Arkadia ShortFest took place in July 2014. The festival screened twenty-eight short films, hosted a workshop dedicated to film and organised an exhibition of […]

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ÉCU at Clare Valley Film Festival’s Special Edition

Français   ÉCU at Clare Valley Film Festival’s Special Edition ÉCU’s partner festival, The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers through CVFF’s educational programmes, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley. Dan Bradley, the […]

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ÉCU 2016 Call for Submissions

Whether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain-driven ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries. Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2015

The European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award-winners for 2015. After screening, 84 films from 32 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form […]

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Friday’s Programme

FRIDAY, APRIL 10th – GRANDE SALLE HOUR   20:00 Welcome from Festival’s President Scott Hillier OPENING NIGHT SCREENING HOUR FILM DURATION CATEGORY COUNTRY 20:15 Solo Finale 0:08:35 European Short Germany 20:23 Flexibility 0:09:59 European Short Spain 20:34 Ambition 0:06:39 European Short Poland 20:41 Amongst 0:03:29 Arab Special Section Saudi Arabia 20:45 Killing My Girl 0:11:37 […]

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Jury Members 2015

Antoine Vareille is an editor for feature films and television. He has worked as an editor for the films LUCKY LUKE; HITMAN; BRICE DE NICE; FATAL and DISCOUNT as well as for the TV series KABOUL KITCHEN and on the TV series documentary INTIMATE PORTRAIT with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford. Antoine has been a jury […]

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After Parties 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH Location: Péniche Henjo Time: 10:00pm – 3am What: Right after the Opening Ceremony of ÉCU 2015 all the guests are invited to the Friday Night After Party. Throughout the night there will be live music provided by Access Film Music Ltd. Come and mingle with musicians, filmmakers, ÉCU staff and other festival goers. How […]

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January Newsletter update

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 […]

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“Border Trafficking” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“Border Trafficking” by Peter Rautek is a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into European Dramatic Short. A woman in her mid twenties is trapped in a miserable existence as a sex worker in a small Czech village. Her inner conflict bubbles up to the surface when she decides to take her chance for a better […]

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“One Thousand & One Teardrops” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

“One Thousand & One Teardrops”, a film by Fateme Ahmadi is a a part of ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’ into Student Film category. A magic teardrop-keeper tells Louly the stories of seven women from Iran, who have been dealing with compulsory dress codes for two hundred years. Check out the trailer!

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ÉCU-in-Berlin

Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V. presents ÉCU-in-Berlin. From January 14th-15th ÉCU is happy to host it’s first ever special screening event in Germany. This will all take place at Lagari Bar, an exciting location in the heart of Neukölln. We are very excited to be screening these films in such a vibrant and cultural […]

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New submission to ÉCU 2015 – “How I Lost My Best Friends” trailer

“How I Lost My Best Friends” is a film by Natalie Schwan and our new submission in the category Non-European Dramatic Short. Through nostalgic flashbacks triggered by a return to his hometown, 20-something Danny analyzes his most influential and important relationships as he tries to figure out how to move forward in his life.

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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“Beyond The Line” trailer – ÉCU 2015’s ‘Official Selection’

Beyond The Line is a film in the category Student Film, directed by Emilio Gamal Boutros. After nine months on strike, a Welsh miner goes back to work to provide for his family, becoming a traitor to his brother and his community.

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