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 almost 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 ARE WE GOING:

Peoria Film Festival, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

10th – 13th October 2019

Peoria Film Festival, represented by Phoenix Film Festival and Phoenix Film Foundation, takes place in Peoria, Arizona on 10th-13th October. This is the festival’s 2nd edition and the first one that is open for submissions. We’re proud to be sharing Europe’s Best Independent Feature Film 2019 – RWANDA (dir. by Riccardo Salvetti). Check out festival’s website for more info.

WHERE HAVE WE BEEN

Balinale, Bali, Indonesia

24th – 29th September 2019

We love sharing great independent films with audiences with people from all around the world. This time, we’re taking 3 ÉCU award winners on the beautiful island of Bali, to be screened in our partner festival Balinale. The festival will screen Europe’s Best Independent Film 2019 – PIGGY (dir. by Carlota Pereda), Europe’s Best Independent Comedy 2019 – PATER FAMILIAS (dir. by Giacomo Boeri) and Europe’s Best Independent Animated Film 2019, AUGENBLICKE (dir. by Kiana Naghshineh). How exciting!

ÉCU Special Screening in Toulon, France

12th & 15th September 2019

Take a look at that! For the first time ever, we’re having a screening in the south of France. Oh la la! This time, thanks to the wonderful team of Pathé cinema, we’ll be screening a selection of short films from all around the World, including Europe’s Best Independent Film 2019 – PIGGY (dir. by Carlota Pereda), Europe’s Best Independent Film 2018 – THE BOX (dir. by Dusan Kastelic), an Academy-Award winning short film SKIN (dir. by Guy Nativv) and many others. Find out more about the program, tickets and films HERE!

Arkadia Short Film Festival in Băicoi, Prahova, Romania

13th-17th August 2019

And… we’re back to Romania! Excited to share some of the best ÉCU shorts with Arkadia ShortFest which will take place towards the end of summer in Băicoi, Prahova, Romania. The programme will include Pater Familias (dir. by Giacomo Boeri), Paradise Lost (dir. by Bruno Brejt), Sydney (dir. by Paul Wyett), Joc (dir. by Andreea Valean) and Augenblicke – A Blink of An Eye (dir. by Kiana Naghshineh). Great times with great partners – cheers to yet another edition!

Cabriolet Film Festival in Beirut, Lebanon

7th – 9th June 2019

ÉCU’s partner for a number of years now, Cabriolet Film Festival explores the theme of UNTOLD. For the 11th time, the festival will take place three consecutive nights on Gemmayzeh Stairs in the heart of Beirut City. Today CFF is not merely a short film festival; it is a conduit where talents are encouraged. ÉCU is delighted to share some of this year’s films with the Lebanese public – more info soon!

Cannes Film Festival

14th – 21st May 2019

ÉCU team went to Cannes for its 72nd edition in May 2019 We spent a whole week talking to great people and spreading the indie word. Most importantly – ÉCU launched a call for submissions for its 15th edition, that will take place in 24th – 26th April 2020. We talked to fantastic filmmakers and hopefully convinced some of them to submit their films. We’re also very proud, as LES MISERABLES by Ladj Ly, which won an award at ÉCU 2018 as a short film, was later made into a feature and was screened in competition in Cannes! 

Check out our travels in previous years here:

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