UNA GUNJAK – BONA FIDE STORYTELLER

Una Gunjak is a London-based film editor who was born in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1986.  She graduated with a BA in Film Studies at the Universita’ degli Studi di Torino in 2008 after which she earned an MA in Editing at the National Film and Television School in 2010.  Describing […]

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Award Winners – ÉCU 2016

The Independent European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016. After screening, 77 films from 31 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 […]

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ATTENDING FILMMAKERS

A SHORT GUIDE TO RE-ENTRY (United Kingdom) European Dramatic Short Saturday morning / April 9th / 7 Parnassiens, 11:51 Anwar Boulifa is a filmmaker who began documentaries having worked for the BBC, C4. ‘A Short Guide To Re-entry’ is his first short film and was shot with a mainly non-professional cast using improvisation to heighten the sense of […]

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Official Selection 2015

Français ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to reveal the Official Selection of its 10th Edition. ÉCU 2015 will showcase 84 films from 32 countries from April 10th to April 12th in Paris, France. Arab Special Selection AMONGST, Mohammed Alsalman, Saudi Arabia    WITH TIME, Malak Quota, United Arab Emirates    THE RIDDLE, Fidae […]

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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: Lotfy Nathan

Français Lotfy Nathan is a young first time director who caught our attention with his bold documentary debut. Nathan, born in England to Egyptian parents, spent most of his childhood in the suburbs of Boston then moved to Baltimore to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art. He was majoring in painting when he decided […]

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Spotlight – Paolo Virzì

Français This week we decided to write about an Italian director that with a particular ironic style represents peculiar situations in the Italian lifestyle and just presented his new film “Il Capitale Umano”, a great example of original and smart independent filmmaking. Meet, Paolo Virzì. He was born in Livorno (Tuscany) and he studied cinematography […]

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Launch Party 2014

ÉCU 2014 Launch Party took place at the Gibus Club on March 11th. It was full of fun, live music, and previews of films from the ÉCU 2014 Official Selection. Have a look at this video to have a taste what happened during this crazy event: The live music during the event was great, here […]

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Spotlight – Spike Jonze

Français As indicated by the awards ceremonies so far, Spike Jonze will be leaving with an Academy Award for Best Screenplay at this year’s Oscars for his newest film “Her”. ”Her” is about a man falling in love with his OS (intelligent computer operating system). This bizarre concept follows suit with the rest of the […]

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ÉCU 2014 Submission Judges

The individuals who were our submission judges and narrowed down the most creative and most innovative films for ÉCU 2014 include: Eric Dinkian (France) – director of KORE, winner of Best Independent Experimental Film at ÉCU 2013 Martin Rath (Poland) – director of WRITTEN IN INK, Official Selection of ÉCU 2013 Muriel d’Ansembourg (UK) – director of GOOD NIGHT, winner of […]

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Jury members 2014

Suz Sainty  has been a member of the ÉCU jury since 2007. She is New Zealand born producer, director and screenwriter. She has lived in London for the past 20 years, working mainly in factual film and television. She is currently employed as a producer for Discovery.   Paul Anderson is a former BBC correspondent stationed in […]

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Where we are

ÉCU 2014 will be held at Cinema 7 Parnassiens, here’s how to get there: 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France Nearest metro stations: Vavin (Metro Line 4) Edgar-Quinet (Metro Line 6) Notre-Dame des Champs (Metro Line 12) Montparnasse – Bienvenüe (Metro Lines 12, 13, 4, 6) Click here to find out where we are on […]

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Official Selection 2014

ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection of its 9th Edition. ÉCU 2014 showcased 85 films from 32 countries on the 4th-6th of April in Paris, France. Arab Special Selection The 3 Suicides of Paul Hamilton, Daniel Gerges, Egypt Have You Checked Your Oil?, Karim Rahbani, Lebanon 7 Hours,  Farah Alhashim, […]

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Workshops 2014

Workshop #1: The Script as Source: The Beginning, Middle, and End of Filmmaking Where: Grande Salle When: Saturday, April 5th 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Though short-lived film revolutions have rejected the screenplay as blueprint for production, it remains as central as ever to the filmmaking process. Not only does it act as hub for the […]

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ÉCU-in-Athens, GREECE

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. 43 different films were screened during the event, from 17 different nationalities and among them 8 films were greek! […]

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Spotlight – EuroIFC

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to… us! It’s not that we’ve become self centred, but we want to share our enthusiasm and introduce you to our new project, EuroIFC, a free and legal film-viewing platform. The channel is the brain child of the same active and dynamic team behind ÉCU and showcases independent films […]

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Festival Day 2 – Perfect Start!

After hours of dancing, live music and wonderful company last night, Festival Day 2 is now off to a perfect start! This morning the entire ÉCU staff rose with the sun and shining faces to kick off the day with Adam Leipzig´s workshop on “The Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers.” The theater was a packed […]

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Exclusive interview with Elham Abi Rached, director of Leftover

On 29th of March, ÉCU will screen 6 independent Arab films at Cinema Le Lincoln. Entrance is free but seating is limited, so reserve your spot here Recently ÉCU spoke with Elham Abi Rached about her film ‘Leftover’ which is one of the films selected in the Special Arab Section. In this interview Elham tells […]

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