ÉCU 2016 Workshops

WORKSHOP #1 Trends in financing and budgeting Independent films and International Sales Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Grande Salle) When: Saturday, April 9th // 10:30 – 11:30 The topic of this workshop is sourcing finance for English-language independent films, dealing with sales agents, and selling independent films on the international markets. Gareth Jones is an industry […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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ÉCU at MashRome Film Festival, ITALY

Français   ÉCU at MashRome Film Festival, Rome ITALY ÉCU’s partner festival MashRome Film Festival is the first film festival in Italy to showcase mash up, remix and experimental cinema. Their main focus is to contribute to the promotion of innovation and original works created through processes of renewal, growth and evolution of cinematographic language. Mixing […]

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ÉCU at Arkadia ShortFest, ROMANIA

Français   ÉCU at Arkadia ShortFest  ÉCU’s partner festival Arkadia ShortFest is young but already well-established international short film festival, taking place in Băicoi City, Prahova County, Romania. The first edition of Arkadia ShortFest took place in July 2014. The festival screened twenty-eight short films, hosted a workshop dedicated to film and organised an exhibition of […]

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ÉCU at Clare Valley Film Festival’s Special Edition

Français   ÉCU at Clare Valley Film Festival’s Special Edition ÉCU’s partner festival, The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers through CVFF’s educational programmes, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley. Dan Bradley, the […]

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ÉCU 2016 Call for Submissions

Whether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain-driven ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries. Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MICHEL OCELOT

  Français   This Friday’s genre is animation! ÉCU wants to give the Spotlight to the creative and artistic man, the creator of the awesome masterpieces in the animation world like Kirikou et La Sorcière and Azur et Asmar, Michel Ocelot, who treats his works truly from his heart and soul! Michel Ocelot is a French […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2015

The European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award-winners for 2015. After screening, 84 films from 32 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form […]

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Friday’s Programme

FRIDAY, APRIL 10th – GRANDE SALLE HOUR   20:00 Welcome from Festival’s President Scott Hillier OPENING NIGHT SCREENING HOUR FILM DURATION CATEGORY COUNTRY 20:15 Solo Finale 0:08:35 European Short Germany 20:23 Flexibility 0:09:59 European Short Spain 20:34 Ambition 0:06:39 European Short Poland 20:41 Amongst 0:03:29 Arab Special Section Saudi Arabia 20:45 Killing My Girl 0:11:37 […]

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Jury Members 2015

Antoine Vareille is an editor for feature films and television. He has worked as an editor for the films LUCKY LUKE; HITMAN; BRICE DE NICE; FATAL and DISCOUNT as well as for the TV series KABOUL KITCHEN and on the TV series documentary INTIMATE PORTRAIT with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford. Antoine has been a jury […]

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After Parties 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 10TH Location: Péniche Henjo Time: 10:00pm – 3am What: Right after the Opening Ceremony of ÉCU 2015 all the guests are invited to the Friday Night After Party. Throughout the night there will be live music provided by Access Film Music Ltd. Come and mingle with musicians, filmmakers, ÉCU staff and other festival goers. How […]

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ÉCU-in-Berlin

Shortcutz Berlin and Creative Media e.V. presents ÉCU-in-Berlin. From January 14th-15th ÉCU is happy to host it’s first ever special screening event in Germany. This will all take place at Lagari Bar, an exciting location in the heart of Neukölln. We are very excited to be screening these films in such a vibrant and cultural […]

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Spotlight: Andrey Zvyagintsev

Français “My position is that of a cinema director. I’m not politically active. But I can’t not react to what is happening around me” says Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose latest movie – LEVIATHAN – can be seen as a very political film, directly aimed to criticize the current elite of Russia. Set on a peninsula by […]

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Spotlight: Robert Rodríguez

Director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, composer and musician – a 360 degrees artist made in Texas, USA. This week ÉCU is focusing on a big master of pulp filmmaking tradition, a b-movie lover, a creative man that still inspires the whole indie film world: Robert Rodríguez. He was rejected by film schools but his passion […]

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Spotlight: Richard Linklater

As BOYHOOD – the last film of Richard Linklater – is screened at the cinema now, we decided to dedicate this week’s spotlight to this American director. Richard Linklater was born in 1960 in Houston, Texas. Far from having an already traced path dedicated to cinema, Richard Linklater dropped his studies at the university to […]

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Spotlight – Lupita Nyong’o

Français January is the first year of the month but in the film industry it is also the first month of award season. So to inaugurate award season for this week’s spotlight we chose a newcomer that is the talk of Tinseltown. Lupita Nyong’o with her first appearance on screen has managed to steal the […]

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Spotlight – Top in Indie in 2013

Français A good way to start 2014 would be to catch up with the indie films of last year that you have yet to see ! Here are some suggestions ! First on the list would be the most talked about indie film of the year. The film comes from France and its name is […]

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Spotlight – Coen Brothers

Français It seems there is a common thread that binds great filmmakers, their fascination of storytelling through a lens starts at a very early age. The Coen Brothers are no exception, Joel as a child chose to spend his money from lawn mowing to a Vivitar Super 8 camera. And from then on the Coen […]

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