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Mexican, French, Lebanese, Dutch, Swiss, Estonian, Austrailian, Spanish - and that is just half of the team here at The European Independent Film Festival. Want to join the team, then send us your resume at info@ecufilmfestival.com

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Emmett Scanlan

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Here at ÉCU we wish to celebrate the most adroit talents in indie cinema today and seek out the finest actors who display passion, intensity and ingenuity in their work. This week’s spotlight is on Dublin born actor Emmett Scanlan who starred as Charlie Barnum in the dark Irish film Charlie Casanova (2010), a part which won him Best Actor at the ÉCU 2011 awards. Scanlan was carefully chosen for this award out of the all the actors who featured in the 77 films from 26 different countrie...

JOIN THE ÉCU TEAM

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Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is a great opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the fantastic world of cinema while working with a cool international team in the heart of Paris. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading festivals for Indie filmmakers, needs YOU to ensure the success of the festival’s 8th edition. We are looking for open-minded, hard-working, autonomous and really fun people...

Searching Otto

Director: Angie Bolea.
In the future there is a co-existence of two Earths. When Nuka arrives to the original Earth she has a mission: Return Otto. Nuka is on her search whilst she is documenting information about the human urban lifestyle. Finally she finds Otto, living comfortably in this new world. He explains how he doesn’t want to return to their planet, and shows her the beauty this new Earth has for them. They both begin to live a different life, which is suddenly disrupted.

OPEN CINEMA Film Festival: A Fusion of Art to Inspire Film

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The largest forum of short films in Russia, the OPEN CINEMA Film Festival kicks off its annual event from July 27th through August 3rd.Held on a beautiful beach on the Neva river at the Peter and Paul fortress, its the only open-air film festival in Russia. This year's festival program includes 83 films from around the world, 22 of which are by Russian directors. This is both exciting and hopeful, as the Russian film industry is trying hard to expand. OPEN CINEMA also functions as an a...

An Exciting Job Offer

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Scott Hillier, President of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival and Oscar award-winning independent filmmaker is offering a credit on his latest documentary in exchange for transcription and translation work (Arabic – English). We have been shooting in Libya and have 10 interviews (maximum 30 mins long). This is an unpaid position but you will gain a valuable credit of which you can use in your future filmmaking career opportunities or job prospects. This is a heartf...

ÉCU 2013 Opening Up Submissions in Cannes

To all filmmakers, of every language and origin: The European Independent Film Festival 2013 is open for submission! A tous les réalisateurs, de toutes langues et origines: le Festival Européen des Films Indépendants 2013 est ouvert aux soumissions!

ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

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For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

ÉCU Scott Opening Ceremony

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 ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2012. The Festival began with the Opening Ceremony, during which the guests could get a taste of the films in competition for this year. The night included cocktails, chatting with filmmakers, producer, journalists and of course a fabolous after-party. Here is how our President Scott Hillier welcomed and thanked the guests on Friday at 7 Parnassiens. In 2012 ÉCU screened 101 films from 33 countries, including 9 world premieres.  http://www...

ÉCU’s Partner – International Film Festival Sax (FICS)

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The International Film Festival Sax (FICS) is a young and interesting festival held throughout the month of July in the picturesque town of Sax, near the coast and located in the center of the province of Alicante (Valencia Community ), Spain. The festival was created in July 2005 from the Association of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Sax (ACAS) and the idea of ​the founder of the association and the local young filmmaker Miguel Herrero Herrero. All activities and projections are mad...

Interview with Rita Broka winner of Best European Independent Documentary with her film "M Ferma"

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2012 hosted its 7th edition, March 30th through April 1st where “M Farm” won Best European Documentary. Rita Broka worked as a journalist for an evening news programme called “Panorama,” a 90′s patriotic talkshow in Latvia.  Now she feels she has fully become a “film person.” This was especially felt after the National Film Centre in Latvia raised hope and mentioned they would honor several films  produced by Broka. ...

Online Contest: "Photo of the Festival"

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Hey Shutterbugs! We know you were going picture crazy at last weekend’s 2012 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. And why not? There were some amazing moments to document. Well, we want to see your skills! Send us your best photo of the festival, whether it be a candid moment with a director or a fabulous afterparty shot, just make sure it’s something that you think represents the festival. The photo with the the most likes will be posted on our website, our Fa...

ÉCU announces "Europe's Best Independent Film" for 2012

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The European Independent Film Festival, Europe's premier event for independent cinema, announces this year's 24 award-winning films. After screening 101 films from 33 countries, ÉCU 2012 ended the weekend with a lively ceremony honoring its award-winners. They include "Best Director" for "The Return" (Dir. Blerta Zeqiri) "Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2012" for "Women and Children" (Dir. Daniel Mitelpunkt) "Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2012" for "Corner Shop" (Dir.Georg...

ÉCU announces opening night films

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13 films to kick off the 2012 festival on Friday the 30th of March, 2012. ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, Europe's premier event for independent cinema, is delighted to announce the 13 films screening at the festival's opening ceremony on Friday the 30th of March, 2012 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens in Paris, France. The films are: • "Berlinoises", directed by Rocco Labbé (France), a bittersweet drama that ensues after a group of Russian soldiers find two German girls hiding in a...

SCREENING OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS AT ÉCU 2012- AVANCA AND JIFF

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This year ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has the pleasure of screening some of the best films from our partner festivals. These screenings will take place in special screening area dedicated specially for our partner festivals at Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris. Anyone who have purchased a weekend, VIP or Programmers Pass to the festival or is part of the ÉCU Memeber’s Club has a free entrance to these screenings. Avanca Film Festival ...

ÉCU's iPhone app is now live

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ÉCU's iPhone app is now live. To get started, download the Festival Genius iPhone app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/festival-genius/id474547590 and select ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival from the list. If you already have the Festival Genius app, tap "more" and then "change festival" to see the list of available fests. L'application ÉCU est maintenant disponible. Pour en profiter, téléchargez l'app Festival Genius pour iPhone ici: http://itu...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5) Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside -  Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children -  United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere -  United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25)  Useful - Belgium ...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5)Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside - Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children - United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere - United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25) Useful - Belgium GRANTRÆET - Denmark No Face - France Meeting in the Heavens - ...

Scott's Interview to EuroXpress

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“The difference in European independent cinema is that it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent” Interview: 29th of January, 2012 We interviewed Scott Hillier, a film and documentary director, producer, and President of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival . By Mariana Castaño (Paris) Scott Hillier is a “storyteller”. “Storyteller” is the word he uses himself, in a manner of English that he speaks at the speed of light. His eyes and hands move quickly an...

ÉCU 2012 MAIN VENUE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS

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Les 7 Parnassiens (www.parnassiens.com) is one of many cinemas in Montparnasse, yet it is one of the most authentic and distinctive cinemas of them all. It offers the advantage of completely original programming, offering rare films not to be found anywhere else in the area. Les 7 Parnassiens can proudly boast a tradition of offering unknown works and independent films from all over the world to the general public. The cinema on Boulevard du Montparnasse was the first in the area to sh...

ECU Scott Hillier shooting a documentary in Libya

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26/01 If you have a good story, pursue it — immediately and at any cost — preaches Scott Hillier, Oscar honored filmmaker and president of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Scott, in pursuit of a good story, is doing just that. Departing for Libya this evening, Scott and his crew will film a documentary following Jihan Mansur Kikhia, the daughter of former Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Mansur Kikhia, as she seeks to uncover the truth about her father’s...

JANUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER UPDATE

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ÉCU wishes everyone a Happy New Year and we hope that everyone is energized, re-vitalized and ready to attack everything that 2012 is going to throw at us!Our FINAL, FINAL submission date is January 15th so, if there is anyone still out there with a great story and not already sent it to us now is the time. Our submission judges, over 60 of them hailing from all over the world, didn’t have a very long Christmas break and are screening films like crazy people as we work towards compiling a gre...

PARIS CINECITY

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by Robert BerryFor all Paris residents who are also lovers of cinema – a Venn diagram with a broad intersection if ever there was one - watching Woody Allen’s recent Midnight in Paris must have provoked a series of uncanny recognitions: the steps at the top of Rue de la Montagne Ste-Genevieve without the overspill crowds of drinkers from the Bombardier pub, entrance to Polidor on Rue Monsieur le Prince, but with the tables arranged slightly differently. Allen’s film presents an impossib...

ÉCU in American University of Bulgaria

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American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) held its first Short Film Fest on the last weekend of November. It brought together ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski”, the International Documentary and Short Film Festival (DokuFest), Early Bird Student Film Festival, and In the Palace International Short Film Festival.Scott Hillier, the president of ÉCU gave a lecture at the opening, which was the highlight of the three-day event. He talked about f...

The International Film Festival Summit Europe will return to Paris April 3 and 4

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The 6th Annual International Film Festival Summit Europe will be the most informative and fun filled summit to date. Bruno Chatelin will co chair the event with Scott Hillier (ECU festival founder) and Laurie Kirby (IFFS Executive Director). Bruno Chatelin is the co founder of filmfestivals.com fest21.com, producer (Emotion Film Factory) and former distributor: head of Sony Pictures and UGC FOX  France, he is a newly elected Board Member at the European Film Academy. Scott Hillier...
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