Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival – announces its 2019 award-winning films, including its highest honour, “Best European Independent Film 2019.”
After showcasing 79 films from 30 countries, ÉCU 2019 ended its indie-packed weekend with a dazzling final ceremony recognizing 26 award winners in 14 categories. Winners included: SYDNEY, directed by Paul Wyett (UK) for Best European Independent Dramatic Short; RWANDA, directed by Riccardo Salvetti (Italy) for Best European Independent Dramatic Feature; and EL HOR, directed by Dianne Lucille Campbell (UK) for Best Independent Experimental Film. Artjom Baranov took home Best Director for PIG HEART (Germany). Together with Arab Cinema Center, ÉCU is proud to award Ahmed Khedr Excellence in Arab Filmmaking to FACES IN THE SUN by Farah Shaer (Lebanon, USA). The award for Best European Independent Film 2019 went to PIGGY (Spain), directed by Carlota Martínez Pereda.
During the festival weekend, international audiences were exposed to film and their filmmakers from across a spectrum of experiences, cultures, and genres. The Director Q&A sessions provided a great informal setting for discussion between the audience and the directors on filmmaking, while after-parties throughout Paris extended these conversations into the music-fuelled early morning hours. ÉCU endeavours to provide a cultural platform not only for entertainment but also for active networking across the independent film world.
For the last 14 years, ÉCU has been helping to launch and expand the careers of many talented independent filmmakers. The Festival is extremely proud to assist these passionately driven artists who create incredible cinema without the benefits of large production budgets. ÉCU’s mission to discover and promote extraordinary independent films from around the world renders it a major European cultural event.
Scott Hillier, Academy Award-honoured filmmaker and ÉCU President, remarked that “it has been an incredible experience and a deep honour to showcase the wide variety of high-calibre constituting ÉCU’s 2019 Official Selection this past weekend,” adding that “these deeply insightful and highly well-crafted narratives reveal the profound promise that the next generation of filmmakers have to offer.”
Listed below is the full list of ÉCU 2019 award-winners:
|Best European Independent Film 2019||PIGGY||Carlota Martínez Pereda|
|Best European Independent Dramatic Short||SYDNEY||Paul Wyett|
|Best European Independent Dramatic Feature||RWANDA||Riccardo Salvetti|
|Best European Independent Documentary||THE QUIET REBEL||Carole Cassier|
|Best Experimental Film||EL HOR||Dianne Lucille Campbell|
|Best European Independent Music Video||BIRTHPLACE||Jorik Dozy, Sil van der Woerd|
|Best European Independent Animated Film||AUGENBLICKE – A BLINK OF AN EYE||Kiana Naghshineh|
|Best European Independent Comedy||PATER FAMILIAS||Giacomo Boeri|
|Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short||THE MOUSE||Liat Akta|
|Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature||IN GOD I TRUST||Maja Zdanowski|
|Best Non-European Independent Documentary||WOMEN OF THE GULAG||Marianna Yarovskaya|
|Best Student Film||REVERIE||Philip Louis Piaget Rodriguez|
|Best Short Script||CLEMENT||German Perugorria Pans|
|Best Feature Script||COURTESY OF THE KAISER||Mark Larson|
|Best Actor||Mark Weinman||in SEX ED by Alice Seabright|
|Best Actress||Sylvie Le Clanche||in LE MAL BLEU by Anaïs Tellenne and Zoran Boukherma|
|Best Editing||SUBMISSION||by Gary Coogan (Director: Savvas Stavrou)|
|Best Cinematography||THIRD KIND||by Yannis Kanakis (Director: Yorgos Zois)|
|Best Director||PIG HEART||Artjom Baranov|
|Special Jury Mention||SKIN||Guy Nattiv|
|I LOVE MY MUM||Alberto Sciamma|
|Audience Award||EVERYTHING YOU DIDN’T SAY||Charlie Reader|
|The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking.
Presented in collaboration with Arab Cinema Center
|FACES IN THE SUN||Farah Shaer|
|Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking||JOC||Andreea Valean|