Let’s Go Ride A Couch (moviemaker.com)

Rhett and Burke Lewis giving couch-rides at the Cinequest Festival. (Source:www.moviemaker.com) What an amazing article, this is a PERFECT guide on how to promote your film on the festival circuit! The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will be held from 12-14 March at Cinéma Le Grand Action and Theatre […]

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The Art of the Subtitle (directorsnotes.com)

At the European Independent Film Festival, we receive films from all over the world and in many different languages – French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Italian, Spanish, Icelandic, English and even Aussie (*do* they qualify as speaking English in the land down under?). This ultimately raises the following question: how can filmmakers and subtitles work together to appeal to the international audience?

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Don’t Think, Just Shoot!

As announced in our December newsletter, The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) is partnering up with Lomography for this year’s festival edition. Originating from the former USSR, Lomography is a special kind of camera  that defies all the rules of taking pictures. Keeping the tradition of film alive, Lomography allows photography lovers to experience the passion […]

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Now For A Short History…

For the first time the European Independent Film Festival will be held at the cinema Le Grand Action, in the heart of Paris’ intellectual hub, the Latin Quarter. The site is currently a honeypot for cinephiles, but through the centuries has housed a club during the Revolution, a ballroom and a theatre before starting life […]

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Our Paris Series Part VI: Chinatown

By Sophie Nellis Chinatown: A taste of modern Paris… High-rise buildings are so unusual in Paris that getting off the metro at Olympiades often feels like stepping into a different city. Welcome to the 13th arrondissement, where sixties architecture meets Paris’ main Chinatown. During the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, […]

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Second Venue Confirmed For ÉCU 2010!

The ÉCU team is delighted to confirm that this year’s festival will now be held in two new venues right in the heart of Paris. In addition to our main venue Cinéma Le Grand Action, ÉCU 2010 will also be hosting events at the independent theatre Le Triomphe. Situated in the heart of the Latin […]

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Our Paris Series Part IV: Canal Saint Martin

By Sophie Nellis The best place to go if you’re looking for atmosphere… In addition to the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est, one of the key landmarks in the 10th arrondissement is the Canal St-Martin. Although the northern part of the canal has a slightly industrial feel to it, the southern part […]

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Award-Winning Portugese Director To Be Jury Member at ÉCU 2010

Director Joao Salaviza pictured center. Salaviza won the Palme d’Or Short Film award for his film “Arena” at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images Europe)   Porguese director, João Salaviza, awarded “Best Short Film” at Cannes 2009 for his film, “Arena” Born in Lisbon in 1984, Salaviza majored in cinema at the […]

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ÉCU 2010 Announces Partnership With Cineuropa

Who is Cineuropa? A website dedicated entirely to the European filmmaking community and a newly re-established partner of ÉCU 2010! The Cineuropa team provides film and television professionals from all over the world an invaluable resource created “to provide up-to-date information and other services essential to know one another better.” www.cineuropa.org Best feature of the […]

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Film Festival Dos and Don’ts

By Clémentine Briand ECU would like to spotlight author Paul Osborne and his article “Film Festival Dos and Don’ts,” which outlines rules for filmmakers on the collaboration between filmmaker and film festival that must take place to have a successful screening. Take a look at our own Scott Hilllier’s comment in reponse to this intuitive […]

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The Perfect Pitch November Update

Rodrigo Vila pitching his project “Hero of Two Sisters Mountain” to a professional panel at ECU’s Perfect Pitch 2009 By Sarah Schutzki Voisin From London (Good Pitch) to Scotland (The Edinburgh Pitch) to Barcelona (DocsBarcelona) to Paris (ECU’s The Perfect Pitch!!), workshops, forums and presentations on the art of pitching have become one of the […]

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Our Paris Series Part III: Belleville

The view of Paris from Parc de Belleville By Sophie Nellis Next stop on our tour of Paris is the area of Belleville. Straddling the 19th and 20th arrondissements, Belleville is located between Rue de Belleville, Rue des Pyrénées, Rue de Ménilmontant and Boulevard de Belleville. It is situated on and around a hill and […]

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Our Paris Series Part II: The Nouvelle Vague

Belmondo and Seberg By Sophie Nellis The French New Wave – known as la nouvelle vague– was a celebration of youth, Paris and, above all, cinema. Many people don’t know that the term nouvelle vague was first used in 1957 to describe the new generation of French youth, emancipated 18 to 30 year olds who […]

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OpenIndie

Four-Eyed Monsters co-creator Arin Crumley has launched a new project, OpenIndie, which aims to democratize the distribution of independent film. OpenIndie is using Kickstarter to raise $10,000. The campaign has only 8 days left and still needs $5,000. So lets all get behind this exciting project and contribute!

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WE HAVE A NEW VENUE!!!

The European Independent Film Festival is excited to have a new location in the heart of the Latin Quarter! Check out the hippest cinema joint in town, Le Grand Action Cinema (5 rue des Ecoles 75005 Paris) where this year’s festival will take place March 12-14th, 2010.

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Our Paris Series Part I: The Latin Quarter

The bustling Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement In our first of a series of exposés, ÉCU will bring you tips and insights into a different quartier of Paris with each newsletter. By the time the festival rolls ’round, you’ll be able to fit in like a true Parisian! (That does not mean buying a […]

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News From Our ÉCU 2009 Award Winners

Director Sam Bozzo accepting the Best Ecology Film award from Scott Hillier at the European Independent Film Festival 2009 in Paris, the European Premier of “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”. If 6 awards, 40 international film festivals, and over 250 public screenings aren’t enough reason to find out about ÉCU’s 2009 Ecology Now winner Sam […]

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