ÉCU goes to Athens!

ÉCU-On-The-Road continues its World-wide tour with a screening in Athens. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be screening a selection of some of the best independent films from around the World in Athens, Greece from the 30th August to the 1st September, 2017. The screenings will take place at the XYTHPIO Theatre Art Café in the Gazi area of Athens and will start at 20.45 every night from Wednesday until Friday and will […]

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Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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Movie Review: Before I Fall

New York-born filmmaker Ry Russo-Young’s first directorial project in 5 years – after her 2012 family drama, Nobody Walks, co-written by Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski – the teenage mystery drama Before I Fall (2017), asks the viewer: What If Today Was the Only Day of the Rest of Your Life? The rhetorical question […]

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What to do in Paris in June

Français So the summer has started, it’s the time of ice cream, outdoor festivals, picnics in the park and…rain? Yeah, it’s miserable here in Paris but that doesn’t mean that you have to be miserable too.  There’s plenty to do in Paris, and even if events are a bit muddy, you can have a great […]

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Spotlight: Mads Mikkelsen

Français Once an unknown with unconventional roots, the chiselled features of Mads Mikkelsen have now captured the hearts of fans world-wide with his role on the American show, Hannibal (2013-2015), and a variety of international roles. A television adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter series, this show and these high profile films have propelled the former […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 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 […]

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What to do in Paris in April

ÉCU 2016 – The European Independent Film Festival 11th edition On April 8th 9th 10th will be in Paris the 11th edition of  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Discover the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. This year we have 77 films from 33 different countries, 14 categories and 25 awards.   […]

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Women in Filmmaking

For the second consecutive year we will be presenting an award close to our heart, The Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, which will go to one of the 18 female film directors that will be competing at ÉCU this year. Unfortunately, the film industry consistently fails to address its gender bias, so we push to […]

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Opening Night reviews

ÉCU 2016 Opening Night Film Reviews BOX by Mathias Askeland (Norway) Watch two people show you the complacency that settles with long-term relationships in five minutes. The shelf life of their romance has expired and comfort has lodged between them like a thorn to the side, when thorns come in the form of passive-aggressive accusations of relationship […]

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WHAT DO TO IN PARIS IN DECEMBER

Français  Art Ragnar Kjartansson, Seul celui qui connaît le desir – Palais de Tokyo, Until 10th January Palais de Tokyo is presenting the first solo show in France of the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson (born in 1976, lives and works in Reykjavik) whose singular work is a cross between performance and cinema, sculpture and opera, plein […]

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SUBMISSION TRAILERS ÉCU 2016

“Blue Eyed Boy” is a Non-European Dramatic Short film by Masoud Soheili and Amir masoud Soheili.   “Bola Cá, Bola Lá” is a Student film directed by Luis Sousa.   “The Cork Justifies The Means” is an European Dramatic Short film directed by Mihai Ionescu.   “Zoe & Julie – Hidden Marks” is an European […]

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ÉCU JUNE UPDATES

Français   The sun, the smiles and so the summer is on in never-sleeping Paris. Little fun is always needed and of course as everyone else, our team enjoys getting some fresh air outside of the office. Still, the midsummer-the shortest night of the year has already passed and we are here to remind you guys […]

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Spotlight – Hayao Miyazaki

Français   Let’s cross the continent! This time, the Friday Spotlight is dedicated to a Japanese screenwriter, producer, film director, author and animator Hayao Miyazaki. Miyazaki is also the co-founder of Ghibli Studio. The man who was born on January 5th, 1941, has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime […]

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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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SPOTLIGHT – MARK RUFFALO

Français   As The European Independent Film Festival, ÉCU never stops encouraging all independent filmmakers in every corner of the world. That’s why, this Friday Spotlight is about a man whose independent spirit leads him to a great success. Mark Ruffalo, whose bio on Twitter is «I’m a husband, father, actor, director, and a climate change […]

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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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