ÉCU @ Russian Indie Film Festival

  This October ÉCU is going to St. Petersburg in Russia! Our new partner, Russian Indie Film Festival will be taking place on 6th-7th October in Saint Petersburg at the beautiful Alexandrinsky Theatre, one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Russian Indie Film Festival is an annual festival that aims to show the best indie short films […]

Read more

ÉCU-IN-VISEU

ÉCU is going on the road again! We’re so happy to be heading back to Viseu, Portugal to screen some of our films July 13th and 14th. Viseu is located in the Centro Region and is known as the cultural center of Portugal, making it the perfect location to screen our films! So why go […]

Read more

ÉCU-in-Japan

  We at ÉCU love to travel the world and discover new things, different styles, but, most importantly, to promote the creativity of our independent filmmakers through our many partnerships. We want our films to travel the world, to ensure we can spread the beauty and indie spirit of these films. The Mt. Fuji – […]

Read more

What is independent film, really?

  So what exactly makes a film an independent film? Well, the answer is actually a little more complicated than you might think. By definition, an independent film is one that is produced outside of the major film studio system. Okay… getting a little closer to an answer, but what constitutes the “major film studio […]

Read more

WINNERS 2018

Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival – announces its 2018 award-winning films, including its highest honour, “Best European Independent Film 2018.” After showcasing 81 films from 37 countries, ÉCU 2018 ended its indie-packed weekend with a dazzling final ceremony recognizing 26 award winners in 14 categories. Winners included: WREN […]

Read more

Spotlight: Guy Maddin

Screened at festivals around the world, Guy Maddin’s The Green Fog (2017) is one of his best experiments to date, a recreation of Hitchcock’s Vertigo through a dizzying collage of famous films and TV shows set in San Francisco. The resulting cinematic spree is as much an ode to the possibilities of avant-garde film as it […]

Read more

Movie Review: Wren boys

Wren Boys, Harry Lighton’s tale of a very unlikely love from Cork, Ireland will be played during Session 2 on Saturday May 5th in the Grande Salle at the cinema les 7 Parnassiens, Paris. To begin, the opening scene starts with a catholic priest ushering the importance of tradition during his sermon, as the scene […]

Read more

LAUNCH PARTY 2018

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018’s LAUNCH PARTY took place at Rive Gauche night club 1 rue du Sabot, 75006 Paris on April 11th, 2018. Take a look at the video of the event: ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY ÉCU 2018 LAUNCH PARTY at Rive Gauche has been an amazing night!Thank you to all […]

Read more

Music and Afterparties at ÉCU 2018

ÉCU promotes all indie artists – not just filmmakers! During the festival weekend we will shine a light on indie music by hosting amazing indie bands and solo artists who will play during the day at the festival location and ALL night at the afterparties. ÉCU, during each day of the festival, will organize three […]

Read more

Spotlight: Reese Witherspoon

Priding her position as an ‘A list’ actress and boasting a dazzling array of awards, Reese Witherspoon is doubtlessly one of the most respected actresses of today. At ÉCU we particularly admire Witherspoon for her producing and acting role in the co-funded production company Pacific Standard: a platform advocating greater visibility of female-led filmmaking. But […]

Read more

#SheShoots 2018

For the second time ÉCU is proud to present #SheShoots, a discussion panel comprised of the female filmmakers in competition at ÉCU 2018. #SheShoots will take place Saturday, May 5th at 10:30am at Cinéma Le Lincoln (14 Rue Lincoln, Paris 75008). For women in the film industry, 2017 was a time of overdue recognition for […]

Read more

Partner Hotels

This year, ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival has established a partnership with Human Hotel and Timhotel in order to help its participants to find an accomodation in Paris during the days of the festival.   HUMAN HOTEL “We’re a community of creatives and visionaries hosting each other at below-market prices. We support artists and social change […]

Read more

Movie Review: 6ate7

Set in the apartment of an Australian couple on the night of their seventh anniversary is 6ate7, a film to be featured in our festival on opening night. Directed by Maggie Kiley, this film follows Tim and Emma through what begins as a night of celebration of their time spent together. As the night progresses, […]

Read more

ÉCU 2018 JURY

  JIM BITTERMANN is CNN’s Senior International Correspondent based in Paris. Since joining CNN in 1996, he has covered the death of Princess Diana in 1997, NATO air strikes on Kosovo in 1998, the earthquake in Turkey in 1999 and the World Cup soccer championships, among other stories.   REBECCA CALDER is an actress and producer who […]

Read more

Much More Than A Script Competition – Official Selection

  ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 finalists of the “Much More Than a Script Competition” for its 13th edition. We are proud to once again fulfill our goal of giving an audience to all the creative and talented script writers out there. The competition this year has been […]

Read more

SPOTLIGHT: CLAIRE DENIS

  Though she didn’t become an established director until the age of 40, Claire Denis quickly solidified her status as one of France’s most important contemporary auteurs. Her films are known for their combination of shocking realism and sparsely gorgeous stylistics, treating postcolonial themes of estrangement, immigration, violence, and the exploitation of those living on […]

Read more

Spotlight: Michelangelo Antonioni

Michelangelo Antonioni, the neo-realismo influenced Italian director which escaped the confining film regulations, setting fire to preconceptions and paved his own road for success. There is a sense of indifference that critics have towards him, this timid irreverence has surrounded his career for years, but now more than ever he is being recognized for his […]

Read more

Movie Review: The Guard

For this week’s world renowned ÉCU movie review, we have decided to venture back to the fargone year of 2011, to examine an under discussed event in world history: the release of The Guard, now known as Ireland’s most successful independent film of all time. The Guard revolves around a small, untroubled community within Connemara, […]

Read more
Close
Go top