Rules and Regulations for ÉCU 2014


European Submissions:
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animation
– Experimental
– Music Video
– European Youth Film
– Comedy

Non-European Submissions:
– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Submissions:
– Student Film
– Feature Script Competition
– Short Script Competition
– ÉCU Firsts
– Arab Section

Conditions For Entry
Films must have been completed since May 1st 2012. To be eligible for the short film competitions films must be 30 minutes or less. Films can only be accepted if no more than 50% of the funding came from a studio or broadcaster.

Films should be in their original language with English language subtitles. English language films should be subtitled in French. To qualify for the official selection, all non‐English language films must have an English‐subtitled screening copy available, and all English language films must have French‐subtitles.

Screening formats & Deadlines
The format for submission is the following (Digital and DVD required): Quicktime file 1920×1080. Entries should be submitted on DVD for pre‐selection.In the case of being selected for the Official Selection a ProRes 422 1920×1080 48Mhz and Blu-Ray DVD will be required.

Early Bird Deadline: November 17th, 2013
Regular Deadline: December 15th, 2013
Late Deadline: January 5th, 2014
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: January 12th, 2014
Script Competition Deadline: March 9th, 2014

*Please note that we cannot acknowledge receipt of entries and we do not return preview DVDs.

Essential Requirements
Synopsis in English & French of no more than 100 words Brief director biography in English and French no more than 1 photo of director 2 digital stills from film (print quality if possible)

All this plus Contact telephone number Return address Photos should be emailed to:

Films can be submitted via WithoutABox or directly to the festival using PayPal or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to ÉCU Film Festival

If selected, films must arrive at the festival by date to be confirmed or, by prior arrangement, films may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker. Please mark the aspect ratio of the film clearly on the can / box of your screening copy. The festival will only pay for the return shipping of films. Films will be returned during the week following the close of the festival. By prior arrangement, prints can be forwarded to another festival immediately after ÉCU. Attending filmmakers must collect their films directly from the festival.

The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by the European Independent Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the festival’s website. Cinema press may also be allowed a preview of screening copies in order to generate publicity.

Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration. All music used in films in whatever category submitted must have permission from the writers or owners of that particular piece of music writing. You are also obliged to deliver a screening copy of the film to the festival office by the required date, should the film be selected.

Should your film be selected as part of ÉCU 2014’s Official Selection we will need you to sign a release form and should you attend the festival you consent to be filmed by the ÉCU film crews and will allow that footage to be used in post‐festival promotional activities.

I allow the European Independent Film Festival to screen my film in the public arena in Paris during the weekend of the April 4th to 6th 2014. You acknowledge that all location, acting and branding rights are yours to grant to the ÉCU Film Festival for the duration of the festival and during the festivals’ promotion phase.

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