For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year, the festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This demonstrates our active commitment to cultivate and encourage the new and inspiring talent that comes our way.
All this have has possible through the help of over 50 (and quickly growing) partner festivals, cultural centers and film commissions around the globe. During these events, some of our “Official Selection” films are screened, which furthers the size of our directors audience. In adding to the number of viewers, we are able to champion our belief in our directors, as well as our passion for independent cinema. This action alone makes our storytellers voices heard, their creativity made known and allows them possibilities they would otherwise might not have had.
As a festival for filmmakers, it is extremely important for ÉCU to go on the road and tour our films. Through our road series, we have the ability to changes lives, forge relationships, further artistic expression, and most importantly, encourage a new generation of filmmaking and film-goers.
“I need to give a shout out to ÉCU Film Festival – they don’t forget your work but keep pushing it.” – Elias Koskimies, winner of Best European Independent Music Video at ÉCU 2013 with “I’ve Only Just Begun“.
WHERE HAVE WE BEEN:
March 29th-April 5th, 2014
The filmmakers of Otello went to Foggia for the screening of their film. They competed in the category of Feature Films that was composed of 12 independent films, and they won an Audience Award in memory of Giuseppe Normanno. It was a great success for the film by Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font that won Best Independent Film 2013 at ÉCU. We will continue to screen all the films of our Official Selection all around the world.
Visit the website of the “Festival del Cinema Indipendente” in Foggia here.
ÉCU-in-Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
March 18th-23rd, 2014
During March 18 – 23, ÉCU will be screening 25 films from 14 different countries ranging from feature films, short films, documentaries, animation and student films to experimental works.
Read more here.
February 17th-19th, 2014
This year ÉCU screened some of its films in Athens, Greece, on February 17th-19th. An incredible location in which we showcased some of the films that participated to previous editions of The European Independent Film Festival.
Read more here.
For the second year in a row ÉCU has partnered up with the Luxor Egyptian & European Film Festival, which is taking place between 19th and 25th of January 2014 in Luxor, Egypt. Read more here.
For the second year in a row, ÉCU is honored to be partnered with NURT Documentary Film Festival! NURT, located in Kielce, Poland, is the largest film event devoted to Polish documentaries. After 18 years, the festival’s reputation continues to grow. Read more here.
November 14th – 16th, 2013
As part of ÉCU-on-the-Road 2013/2014 tour, ÉCU traveled to Barcelona, Spain to screen 24 films from 12 countries, a selection of the best independent films from ÉCU 2013 Official Selection. The screenings and workshops were held between November 14th to 16th at Raval area. Read more about what the team was up to here.
Clare Valley Film Festival, AUSTRALIA
November 15th – 16th, 2013
Clare Valley Film Festival aims to spread the inspiring indie spirit by showcasing works from all over the world every November. Two short films was screened from the ÉCU 2013 Official Selection in the program: the Italian film “Balcanika Ltd.” and the French film “Dog Sitting”.
Romania International Film Festival, ROMANIA
October 1st – 6th, 2013
The Romania International Film Festival (Ro-IFF) was held in Bucharest. Following a successful association last year with ÉCU, this year, Ro-IFF screened four of our 2013 award winning films. Since its establishment in 2005, Ro-IFF has been active in integrating the Black Sea region into the international film community. Ro-IFF gives films from this area a chance to get greater exposure and opportunities in a way that hasn’t been possible before.
Naperville Independent Film Festival, USA
September 14th – 21st, 2013
For the 5th year in a row, ÉCU was the proud partner of Naperville Independent Film Festival. Year-to-year, the festival continues to draw a growing number of local and regional indie-film fans. ÉCU is now a well-established fixture on Naperville’s calendar and showcased its awarded films to the American audiences. ÉCU is happy to give this unique opportunity to indie filmmakers with the screening of 19 winning films of this year’s edition at Naperville.
VI International Open Youth Festival of Film, photography and animation «Tvori-Gora», RUSSIA
September 12th — 15th, 2013
Taking place in Krasnoyarsk city situated in Siberia, The International Open Youth Festival of Film, photography and animation «Tvori-Gora», is a multi-genre media contest as well as a cultural event for the young non-professional author. Young spirit, fresh ideas and creativity are at the core of the festival’s mission.We were glad to share our youth movies with the Russian public and sustain together with our partner the development of young filmmakers around the world. ÉCU was present at «Tvori-Gora» by showcasing 3 movies of ÉCU’s 2013 official selection of the European Youth Film Category.
Victoria Film Festival, ROMANIA
August 22nd-25th, 2013
Taking place in a natural paradise surrounding at the bottom of Fagaras Mountains in Romania, ÉCU’s partner Victoria Film Festival offered a 4 days full experience to its participants: 40 movies, film workshops, live concerts and Q&A sessions with local actors and producers. On Sunday, the 25th of August, ÉCU had a dedicated section called ”Carte Blache ÉCU” in which 9 movies from the last 3 editions were presented to the Romanian public. The movies screened in the ÉCU section were the only international presence at the Romanian festival and were very well received bythe public.
OPEN CINEMA Film Festival, RUSSIA
August 2nd-8th, 2013
The OPEN CINEMA Film Festival is a renommated film festival in Saint-Petersburg, also known as the cultural centre of Russia. The festival is the biggest short film festival you can find in the country. Furthermore, it manages to provide its viewers with an amazing scenery as the screening takes place along the beach of the Neva river. This year, the festival showcased two films that were part of ÉCU’s “Official Selection” 2013- the short music video “I‘ve Only just Begun“ and the short film “Good Night“.
Cafe Coutume Screening, PARIS
May 29th, 2013
ÉCU hosted this Special Screening, on Wednesday, 29th of May Café Coutume. Located in the charming 7th arrondissement, the cozy atmosphere of the café welcomed 4 of the award winning films from the 2013 edition of the festival: ‘Kore’, winner of Best Independent Experimental Film; ‘Cavedigger‘, winner of the Best Non-European Independent Documentary; ‘I’ve Only Just Begun‘, winner of the Best Independent Music Video; and ‘EAT‘, winner of Special Jury Mentions.
Cannes Film Festival, FRANCE
May 15th – 26th, 2013
Cannes Film Festival strives to highlight the diversity of cinema, boost the film industry, and celebrate cinema internationally. ÉCU team attended the 66th edition of the festival to search new indie talents, run from meetings to meetings and, of course, to enjoy the fabulous parties. Check out our calendar to see what exactly we did down there and who did we meet.
Mashrome Film Festival, ITALY
May 8th – 11th, 2013
ÉCU’s partner MashRome Film Festival is dedicated to the art of the mashup. The digital technology has propelled the mashup into a credible form of creative expression, stretching far beyond music and into many other forms of media. 3 of ÉCU’s films were screened: documentary ‘American Courtesans‘, the 2013 music video winner ‘I’ve Only Just Begun‘, and the winner of the 2013 Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking, ‘A Tempo: the 3rd Act’.
Cabriolet Film Festival, LEBANON
May 24th – 26th, 2013
The Cabriolet Film Festival (CFF) is the first open air film festival of its kind in Lebanon to celebrate the creativity of filmmakers and encourage networking between them. In their 2013 edition, CFF screened 8 films from ÉCU 2013 : ‘Voices‘ by Hussain Al-Riffaei, ‘We Are Not Slaves‘ by Ainur Askarov, ‘Xico+Xana‘ by Francisco Morgado, ‘Counting Happiness‘ by Venetia Evripiotou, ‘The Color of Moonlight‘ by Naga Kataru, ‘Not a Peep‘ by Nicholas Abrahams, ‘The Taste of Life‘ by Chadi Abdul-Karim and ‘Apocryphal‘ by Fundora Hernandez.
Also check out our travels in previous years here: