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 – Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Français No one has as much love for making films than our next spotlight “indie”-vidual, Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul. With over fifty shorts and feature films under his belt, but only twenty-two years in the industry, he is definitely one of the most ambitious filmmakers of our time. This native Thai director’s first attempt at filmmaking […]

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April Newsletter Update

This month was, as you can imagine, the most exciting and important of all…The 9th edition of ÉCU took place on April 4th-6th and it was a real success! A lot of people came over to see the selection of films that we screened and in general they all had a positive response from audience […]

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Spotlight – Julie Gayet

Français ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2014 brought fresh talent to the big screens, while also highlighting the work of highly regarded and established players in the independent film scene. One of the most talked-about celebrities this festival season is the French actress Julie Gayet, who starred in the European Dramatic Short film […]

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Sizzle Reel – ÉCU 2014

Get a taste of the Official Selecion films of ÉCU 2014 by watching our Sizzle Reel: To check all the 2014 Official Selection films click here.

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Arts at ÉCU 2014

Here are some works of art made by an our intern Ona Canilao. Enjoy! When in Paris series The talented Ona Canilao has been documenting what’s happening in the streets of Paris. From passionate street performers to the beautiful french women – she noticed it all. The sunny days are back to Paris and we […]

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Official Selection Highlight -“The Hunter”

Deep in the country, in a small and forgotten village lives Nelson, the drunkard and the war hero… forgotten by his country. The Hunter is a Non-European Dramatic Short Film by Ara Arush and part of the Official Selection.

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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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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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ÉCU 2014

ÉCU 2014- The 9th Annual European Independent Film Festival will take place from April 4th to 6th at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris. As well as the film screenings, festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops as well as a series of ‘Meet the Directors‘ panel discussions, in […]

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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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Spotlight – Javier Badem

Maybe now you know Bardem as the go-to-guy in Hollywood for playing villains with crazy hair, however as most European actors he got his start in the independent cinema. His first big break came with Jamon Jamon by Bigas Luna in 1992. The art house Spanish director has given Bardem his first small role in […]

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ÉCU Exclusive Interview With American Courtesans’ Kristen DiAngelo

It has been three weeks since the 2013 European Independent Film Festival and I still cannot get this documentary out of my head.  The trailer was one of the Official Selection’s most viewed, but really, that doesn’t even do it justice.  It would be impossible to even begin to convey all that’s depicted in this […]

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This was just the beginning…

Yo, Here’s another for Ye Olde blog. I”m just going to type it directly into this e-mail if that’s fine. Well, there’s the first day of ECU’s wonderful Film Festival done. What have we learned? The films look amazing on the big screen, the VIP tent outside is bizarrely warmer than the Cinema inside, and […]

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Interview with Matthias Rosenberger, Director of “Spaghetti for Two”

ÉCU had the pleasure of interviewing Matthias Rosenberger, director of “Spaghetti for Two”, Official Selection 2013 nominee for best European Dramatic Short. “Spaghetti for Two” is an impressive short that praises humanity in just 18 charming minutes. Adapted from the same named short story by Federica de Cesca, director Matthias Rosenberger lets his contrasting characters, […]

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