Resilience: a winning weapon in filmmaking

Let’s be honest: working in the film industry is not easy, at any stage of your career. But it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Most well-known Hollywood actors had to go through this rough path too.  Did you know that Vin Diesel, the main actor of Fast and Furious, did not pass many auditions?  […]

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ÉCU’s legal survival guide for indie filmmakers

Wait! Don’t close the page yet. We know what you are thinking: legal advice? That’s boring stuff!  While the legal side of making a movie doesn’t sound as exciting and magical as other parts of filmmaking, it is of crucial importance. If you don’t protect your project and your ideas, you live in the constant […]

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ÉCU partners up with the River Film Festival

This year the River Film Festival celebrates its 14th edition with 20 days of screenings and an amazing selection of international independent movies. The films, as always, will be shown at the city gate of Porta Portello, on a screen built on a raft moored in the middle of the Piogevo River, once used for […]

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What to do in Paris in March

With only just under 2 months to go before ÉCU 2020, we’ve put together an exciting list of events for you to get involved in this month in Paris, and to whet your appetite for the upcoming festival! There’s cinema, music, literature, art, history… don’t miss out! ÉCU 2020 OFFICIAL FILM SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENT, ÉCU – […]

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PRESS ACCREDITATION 2020

Press accreditation is available for reporters from all fields of media (print, online, TV, radio and photography) as well as to PR agents of all the Official Selection films shown at ÉCU 2020. The press accreditation provides:– access to all festival film screenings and professional workshops– access to the opening and closing ceremonies You can […]

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What to do in Paris in February?

At ÉCU we love to keep on the lookout for exciting new events happening in Paris, from film screenings to art exhibitions to spectacular music shows. We’ve collected some of our favourites taking place this February… don’t miss out! FILM SCREENING: A SELECTION OF FILMS FROM THE FESTIVAL CINEFFABLE, Médiathèque Marguerite Yourcenar 8 February A […]

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Paris Film Events – December 2019

The year is finally coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there’s any shortage of film events happening in Paris this month. Special offers from the continent’s largest theater, an exhibit dedicated to one of the world’s most famous performers, and more make up this month’s selection. Read on to discover how you can […]

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Paris Film Events – November 2019

As one of the world’s premier hubs for art and cinema, there is never a shortage of film-related events happening in Paris. From specialty festivals to bilingual screenings, your inner cinephile is sure to be satisfied. Keep reading to discover our top picks for film events this November! Advance screening of J’accuse by Roman Polanski […]

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What to do in Paris in November?

November is here! Can you believe that it’ll be 2020 in just two months? November brings more cold weather, more rain, but it also brings the preparation for the holiday season! To make the most of your time in November, here are some fun events that we have planned out. PARIS PHOTO 7 – 10 […]

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What to do in Paris in October?

With the weather cooling down and the scarves coming out… you know that Autumn is “falling” upon us! It seems that in a blink of an eye, we have left September behind and stumbled upon October. Here at ECU, we’ve been working hard watching your submissions and preparing for next year’s festival! As the work […]

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The Best Independent Cinemas of Paris

Here at ÉCU, we really do have a strong appreciation for independent film, and not only when it comes to our festival. Even in our day-to-day lives, we are always looking for the best that independent cinema has to offer. And where better to do that than… independent cinemas! Come join us as we embark […]

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ÉCU ON-THE-ROAD: Toulon

ÉCU is going south – to the beautiful Mediterranean port city Toulon, France. On the 12th and 15th September in Pathé Cinema (265 Boulevard Général Leclerc) we will be screening a selection of the world’s best independent films thus pursuing our mission to bring world’s best independent films closer to people who appreciate the beauty […]

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What to do in Paris in September

We hope this summer has been revitalizing and exciting for you all! For ÉCU’s team it has been the perfect time to focus on watching your submitted movies and also to have some fun by making some creative films ourselves… September is here and we can’t wait to put all our energy into planning the […]

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Spotlight: John Waters & Divine

American filmmaker John Waters (1946) is known for his cult independent movies most frequently referred to as trash films. And Harris Glenn Milstead (1945-1988) is an American actor, performer and famous drag queen better known by his stage name Lady Divine or just Divine. Put them both together and discover one of the most provoking […]

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What to do in Paris in August?

As most of the capitals, Paris almost empties out in August, giving the perfect chance to experience its charm without crowds and endless queues. If you happen to be in the City of Lights during this month, our tips will come in handy to assure that you make the best of your trip! Paris plages […]

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Spotlight: Jan Švankmajer

“The world is divided in two unequal camps – those who have never heard of Jan Švankmajer and those who happened upon his work and know that they have come face to face with genius,” wrote Anthony Lane in The NewYorker. Czech animator and surrealist filmmaker Jan Švankmajer (1934) was strongly censored by the Soviet […]

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Movie review: Parasite

At first you will have loads of fun. Then you will become terrified. In this year’s Palme d’Or winner Parasite South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho masterfully shifts in between genres, never loosening the intrigue and tension. When class difference portrayal has reached its highest point, this dark comedy quickly turns into a gruesomely sadistic game […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s (1889-1963) versatile persona has left a notable mark on cinema, scenography, literature (poetry, plays, screenplays, novels, and essays) and painting. Undoubtedly,cinema and poesy combined equals a dreamer and believer, which was Cocteau. If his heritage would prove to be worthwhile, Cocteau wanted his tombstone to say: “Je début” (I begin). Instead, it is written […]

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