ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is unique in the fact that in addition to a weekend event in Paris it uses its partnership network to promote a selection of the World’s best independent films during its ÉCU-On-The-Road’s global tour.
One of our key objectives is to advance the longevity of the films that we screen in competition at ÉCU’s main event in Paris by giving them a global audience.
Thanks to the help of our partners, which includes film commissions, film schools, and partner festivals, the ÉCU-On-The-Road’s global tour screened films in over 10 countries last year. Due to the generosity of our partners, we are able to continue screening great independent cinema to audiences who would otherwise not have access.
Here at ÉCU, we believe in the transformative power of a good film. Our goal with this initiative is to take our films on the road so that audiences do not need to move in order for their imaginations to.
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN:
ÉCU Special Screening in Grand Café Bataclan
27th February 2019
In the cold of February, ÉCU has organised a cozy evening in Grand Café Bataclan in Paris, France. We had the honour of screening THE BOX by Dusan Kastelic, IT’S JUST A GUN by Brian Robau, CHIMERE by Nathan Vaillant and THE END WAS YESTERDAY by Cristina Vieira. Great times!
24th December 2018
On the 24th December, ÉCU is headed to Istanbul! A short screening of three great indie films on the grounds of Istanbul’s Bilgi University. We will screen THE BOX by Dusan Kastelic (Winner of Europe’s Best Independent Film 2018), LOCKDOWN by Koen Van Sande and RABBIT BLOOD by Yagmur Altan.
So Independent Film Festival
October 26th – November 3rd 2018
ÉCU went to Sofia, Bulgaria, to attend the 9th edition of The So Independent Film Fest.
Sofia Independent Film Festival ( So Independent ) was created in 2009 and started as the first and most exciting independent film festival in South East Europe. We at ÉCU are excited not only to be a part of this year festival’s edition and but also to present four of our brilliant films and our Much More Than A Script Competition. Check out more here!
Russian Indie Film Festival
6th-7th October, 2018
This October ÉCU is going to Russia! Our new partner, Russian Indie Film Festival will be taking place on 6-7 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 from all over the world to the 5-million city of the Russia’s cultural capital. We at ÉCU are delighted not only to be a part of the festival’s first edition and but also to present eight of our brilliant films at “Best of ÉCU” special screening on 7thOctober!
Check out more here!
Screening in Mumbai with Alliance Française de Bombay (India)
31st July, 2018
This July, ÉCU is headed to Mumbai, India! In a screening, organised together with Alliance Française, we will be screening two of the ÉCU 2018 Official Selection films – Deux Dollars by Emmanuel Tenenbaum and Les Miserables by Ladj Ly, which has received Special Jury Mention at ÉCU 2018! Facebook event for the 31st July screening (Les Miserables) here. Stay tuned for more info about Deux Dollars screenings!
Avanca Film Festival
25th – 29th July, 2018
Avanca Film Festival, taking place 25th -29th July this month has been our partner festival for the past 8 years, and in addition to screening fantastic short films and organising workshops, they are screening some films from ÉCU’s Official Selection! Portuguese audience will have a chance to see Best European Independent Film 2018 The Box (dir. Dusan Kastelic), Best European Animated Film 2018 Planet Tobler (dir. Aran Quinn), Downunder (dir. Fernando González Gómez) and Real Connection (dir. Thierry Denis). Check out their website here for more info!
Mt. Fuji-Atami Film Festival
28th June – 1st July, 2018
ÉCU went to Japan! In June 2018 we went to the beautiful city of Atami to attend our sister festival, Mt Fuji Atami Film and VR Festival! Its an event for people with originality and eccentric style and ÉCU was excited to be a part. Also, super happy for ÉCU Alum Felipe Rodriguez, who received ‘Best Director’ Award for his film “Kidnap Capital” at Atami! More info on the event here.
13th – 14th July, 2018
ÉCU never stops; we are always on road, promoting our talented filmmakers in every nook and cranny. In the sun-bleached month of June, we found ourselves Viseu, Portugal. It is located in the Centro Region of Portugal, is considered to be the “centre of art” in Portugal, immediately ideal for us to stream our masterpieces. As well as being a history-lover and cultural connoisseur’s ideal holiday destination, it served as a brilliant stage for some ÉCU indie film magic. More info here.
Cabriolet Film Festival (Beirut, Lebanon)
8th – 10th June, 2018
Launched in 2009 by Laboratoire d’Art, Cabriolet Film Festival (CFF) is the first outdoor film festival of its kind in Lebanon. Since its inception, CFF has become an annual cultural event taking place over the course of three consecutive nights on Saint Nicolas Stairs – Gemmayze, in the heart of Beirut. We truly felt part of something special, thus, having our film Refugee Blues, winner of Best European Documentary 2017, screened there! In addition, several films from ÉCU 2018 were screened as well: Take My Hand (dir. by Serge Majdalany), By all accounts, it was greatly adored by audiences and this has just made us incredibly excited to continue our work with the team at Cabriolet.
11th – 18th May, 2018
ÉCU team went to Cannes for its 71st edition in May 2018. We spent a whole week talking to great people and spreading the indie word. Most importantly – ÉCU launched a call for submissions for its 14th edition, that will take place in 5th, 6th, 7th April 2019. We talked to fantastic filmmakers and hopefully convinced some of them to submit their films. Did we? We’ll see shortly!
Also check out our travels in previous years here: