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ÉCU interviews stars at "All Senses"

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The ÉCU team enjoyed a night of fantastic indie films and delicious sushi at the “All Senses” event at the Palais de Toyko on Friday night. Fashionistas and film enthusiasts alike flooded onto the patio to enjoy a drink (or two) and take in the stunning view of the Eiffel Tour. We shot an interview with Vicki Mather, recipient of the Best Student Film at ÉCU 2011 for “Stanley Pickle”, as she shared her upcoming plans, creative direction, and thoughts on developing technolo...

A Night at the Opera

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I go back quite a way with Gaius Caligula....having studied his crazed life and inevitable death when I was  a Classics Scholar at Balliol, and read his first 'biog'in Latin, what more natural  than that ,during  my third excursion to cover Cannes (for BBC radio and other media), I should have been invited by Andre Previn's movie-exec brother to attend the   very secret and first presentation in the world of the full-length, unexpurgated  film version of Caligula.It was an off-Marke...

ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival

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The countdown has started, only five days to go until an event with one of the biggest media coverage in the world begins. The 2012 Cannes International Film Festival will commence May 16th, and conclude on May 27t. Our team from ÉCU will be there bringing our independent flavour, so be sure not to miss this prestigious annual event. The Cannes Film festival is an excellent opportunity for ÉCU to bring to light both our strong commitment towards quality cinema, our skilled filmmakers,...

The 51st Rose d'Or Awards Festival

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The 51st Rose d'Or Awards Festival came to a successful close today with the announcement of the Golden Rose Award-winners for 2012. The celebrations began this afternoon at the Awards Ceremony in the Festival Hotel Schweizerhof with the presentation of the Golden Roses in each of the 12 competition categories, as well as performances from comedian Rob Spence and singer/songwriter Henrik Belden. Later ...

Radio talk show host Garrison Leykam learns what it takes to be a stand up comedian

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Comic On A Half Shell Trailer Released “Are stand up comedians born or are they made?” The answer to this nature versus nurture issue was put to the test when radio talk show host Garrison Leykam took the stage for his "Comic On A Half Shell" debut performance at The Gotham Comedy Club.   After appearing as a guest on Leykam's Conversation Crossroad radio show, Stephen Rosenfield (dubbed "the best known comedy teacher in the country" by The New York Ti...

Q&A with Veli Kahraman at Istanbul Film Festival

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 “Mother tongue comes with birth!” Where is My Mother Tongue?, in the National Competition, is the first film by Veli Kahraman who worked as art director for many films in the sector. Kahraman’s parents play themselves in the film which follows the Zazaki language threatened with extinction, and resists use of language as a political tool. Where is My Mother Tongue? will be screened on Tuesday, April 10 at 13.30 at Atlas Movie Theatre. Interview: Ceyda Aşar - 09.04...

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...

European Premieres at ÉCU 2012!

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ÉCU 2012 is hosting a huge number of films from all over the world and we are lucky enough to be the stage for several films making their European debut! So not only will cinemas full with ÉCU audience members be witnessing these talented works but it is just the beginning for these filmmakers and their films. The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival does not take this responsibility lightly and is hard at work making sure this festival is going to be the best one yet. With a range of a...

ÉCU's Partner The CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre

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Do you want to be in Paris for the ÉCU 2012? Check out the offers of our partner CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre The CTS – Centro Turistico Studentesco e Giovanile (Student and Youth Tourist Centre) is a new ÉCU partner. Its goal is to spread the practice of the youth tourism converting it into a moment of growth, sharing and integration, leaving the stereotype of the mass tourism. For over 35 years it has established a direct dialogue with the young people deali...

Mardi Gras Fair Day At Victoria Park; Sydney, Australia

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Mardi Gras Fair Day At Victoria Park; Sydney, Australia For many Sydney-siders Fair Day was a great way to kick off the official Mardi Gras season, with a fun and relaxed day at Sydney's Victoria Park. Estimates indicate that about 70,000 people came to enjoy Fair Day. The 2012 Fair Day featured a range of activities. The main music stage offered up Maxine Kauter, Brendan Maclean, Mary Kiani, Gen Chadwick,  Shimtastic, Kristy Apps...

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...

Interview with ÉCU Alumni - Faramarz Beheshti

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Meet Iranian – New-Zealander Faramarz Beheshti, winner of Best Non-European Independent Documentary at ÉCU 2011 for “Salam Rugby”. It is a story of women rugby players in Iran, which may sound like an anomaly, but as this documentary shows, Iranian women are more than ready to dive into the scrum if only the authorities would let them. Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 competitive sports for women were actively discouraged and it wasn't until the social reforms of the 90s that wome...

Mary and Bill Trailer, new submission to ÉCU 2012

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 A documentary following two elderly athletes, Mary Stroebe, a 90-year-old triathlete, and Bill Wambach, an 83-year-old high jumper. Mary has just broken her leg while down hill skiing and Bill, who smoked for 45 years, is recovering from a heart attack. Despite doctors orders, both decide to train and compete in their respective events. Mary hopes to complete the Lifetime Fitness triathlon ...

Mary and Bill Trailer, new submission to ÉCU 2012

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 A documentary following two elderly athletes, Mary Stroebe, a 90-year-old triathlete, and Bill Wambach, an 83-year-old high jumper. Mary has just broken her leg while down hill skiing and Bill, who smoked for 45 years, is recovering from a heart attack. Despite doctors orders, both decide to train and compete in their respective events. Mary hopes to complete the Lifetime Fitness triathlon ...

Museum of Broken Relationships: voted 'Coolest museum in Europe'!

For a timeout from movie watching, this is the cool new franchise of museums, The Museum of Broken Relationships.One can be found in the old town of Zagreb. What a great idea, seeing how each one of us has our own stories of broken hearts and broken relationships, with enough sad stories and remembrances to fill countless museums, Im sure.visit site here: http://new.brokenships.com/enphoto by VM 

Futures of Entertainment Examines State of Media Industry

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Media Scholars and Experts Gather at MIT for Fifth Annual Conference Crowdsourcing, privacy, location-based technologies and producer/audience collaboration are among the pressing issues at the forefront of the futures of entertainment and media. Thought leaders from the media, entertainment and marketing industries will gather alongside media studies scholars in Cambridge to discuss these subjects at next...

September Newsletter Update

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Now that the ‘rentrée’ has officially begun and the whole of Paris is back at work, it is no surprise that ÉCU has been as busy as ever this month! As the days get shorter and the nights get longer and colder, it’s clear that the lazy summer is over and its time to start the build-up to our 2012 edition in earnest. The rain outside has given our judges a good opportunity to go through more and more of the fantastic films we are receiving from around the globe Away from the beginni...

ÉCU August Newsletter Update

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It is hot, hot, hot in Paris this month! As Parisians begin to shuffle their way back from their summer vacations, the empty streets of Paris are beginning to clutter up once again. With the month of August swiftly coming to a close, it heralds the bittersweet end of summer and the start of busy spring days ahead. After a nice relaxing summer it’s time for the ÉCU team to get back to work! Although the summer has been a bit more laid back than usual, submissions are still rolling ...

ÉCU in Colombia

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“Handmade” is the slogan of Villa Leyva 5th International Film Festival, ÉCU’s new partner in Latin America. A festival that thinks about every detail to attract, collect, impact, generate reflection, dialogue and meeting points.  It’s a festival that makes a difference for their careful planning, conservatorship, team, strong partnerships and faithful followers. An event in the industry consolidated as a space for project development ...

July Intern Buzz

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Français Italian Spanish Alessia and Alexander are two interns working at ÉCU from abroad. Alessia is Italian, and Alexander is Colombian working in Bulgaria. We are a truly international festival and you can see how this is reflected in our hard working international interns! We asked them to interview each other for out July Intern Buzz article, here are their responses: Alessia interviews Alexander 1. You are interested in developing independent project...

Sarajevo Film Festival July 22-31

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From SFF official site:The FestivalThe 17th edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival will take place from 22nd till 30th July, 2011.After the 4-year-long siege of Sarajevo, and with an intention to recreate civil society of the City, in 1995, we founded the Sarajevo Film Festival. Today, we are proud to say that Sarajevo Film Festival represents the main meeting place for all regional producers and authors and is recognized by film professionals from all over the world as the pinnacle point for net...

SURGE Film Festival

"One must remember that in choosing the lesser of two evils, one still chooses evil." --Hannah Arendt, Philosopher, Activist





The SURGE Film Festival was established to enable filmmakers and screenwriters to present all styles of films, scripts, music videos and multimedia content.

Multimedia is media and content that uses a combination of different content forms. The term is used in contrast to media which only use traditional forms of printed or hand-produced material. Multimedia includes a combination of text, audio, still images, animation, video, and interactivity content forms. Multimedia is usually recorded and played, displayed or accessed by information content processing devices, such as computerized and electronic devices, but can also be part of a live performance.

AT SURGE, you will have the opportunity see numerous films from around the world, attend educational panels, hear scripts read by the screenwriters, meet filmmakers and hear from activists from all over the world about the social movements in which they are involved.

SURGE is the first international activist film festival which is not only an annual film, script, music video and multimedia festival but it is also a film festival network which enables people worldwide to bring the festival into their area of the world through the SURGE film festival network! Now in our sixth year our festival promises to be more amazing than ever!

In 2011, SURGE was scheduled to take place for only 3 days in Austin, Texas. Yet, because of increased international interest in SURGE, the SURGE Film Festival took place for a total of over 10 days nationwide, showing a total of over 40 films in the cities of Austin, Texas; Urbana, Illinois; and Portland, Oregon! Films from over 15 different countries were shown. These films included a vast array of independent features and world premiers by new filmmakers as well as feature films such 'In The Footsteps of Elie Wiesel' with internationally recognized Emmy and Golden Globe winning actors such as RICHARD GERE, and feature films such as 'Love & Valor - The Intimate Civil War Letters' with Golden Globe winning actors such as BRIAN DENNEHY.


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Photo: Production still from the film 'In The Footsteps of Elie Wiesel' filmed in France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and the U S A. High school students travel through Europe as they trace the life path and, in this photo, sit in front of Nobel laureate, author, humanitarian and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel.

  

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Director Rio Collier of the B Media Collective seen here in 2011 after she received the SURGE 'Eternal Flame' award for keeping the flame of equality and social justice burning bright for all the world to see. She received the award for her inspiring film 'Armed with Art: A New Revolution is Necessary - "Armad@s Con Arte. Una Nueva Revolucion es Nescesaria." It was filmed throughout Mexico and shown at the Historic Academy Theater en Español with English subtitles.
Video:  To see the video interview in which Director Rio Collier is presented with the Eternal Flame award please click here.



SURGE recognizes that it is extremely difficult for small, independent films to find a wide audience. That is why in 2011, SURGE started the S.U.R.G.E. Collection DVD Compilation which circulated over 1,000 DVDs with two films selected from the 2011 SURGE Film Festival. After filmmakers are officially selected for SURGE they are given a questionnaire and filmmakers who choose to have their film included in the SURGE DVD Collection may receive a wider audience all over the world.

In Addition, in 2012 at least one filmmaker and/or screenwriter will receive our annual “Love & Encouragement” Award. This award is presented to a filmmaker and/or screenwriter who presents an excellent film that simply strives to create art and media that does not promote or cater to politicians or multinational corporations. The filmmaker will receive round-trip airfare from their city to the film festival, housing during the film festival, a spending stipend and much more. In 2011, SHAWN JUNE was honored at the SURGE Film festival in Austin, Texas for his film Asphyxious. He also received round-trip airfare from his home in Des Moines, Iowa to the Portland, Oregon screening of his film at the Historic Academy Theater that screened during the Grand Finale of the Portland, Oregon portion of the 7 day SURGE Film festival! 
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Photo: 'Asphyxious' director Shawn June, standing in front of the Marquee showing the Portland, Oregon screening of the films 'Free World' and 'Asphyxious' at the Historic Academy Theater. This screening celebrated not only the Grand Finale of the Portland, Oregon portion of the 7 day SURGE Film festival, but it also marked the 2011 Grand Finale of the Fifth Annual International SURGE Film festival which ran for over 10 days nationwide in 2011! As always, admission was free of charge for everyone because everything in the world should be free!


Many films were shown with the directors attending Question & Answer sessions after their films and receiving the distinguished SURGE 'Eternal Flame' award for keeping the flame of equality and social flame burning bright for all the world to see. It is notable that the budget for Asphyxious was estimated at $1,000.00. At SURGE, it is not the cost of the film that matters, but the courage to encourage other people to follow their dreams in the quest for a better world.

SURGE also offers officially selected filmmakers user accounts on the SURGE website so they can upload as many trailers for their films as they like to our website. Trailers for their films will remain on our website for at least a year to help promote their films. In addition, when visiting the SURGE website, people will see the “Love to S.U.R.G.E. - Film Festival Directory.” This directory not only extensively profiles the officially selected films of the prior year, but it also features photos and a great deal of press kit material highlighting the filmmaker and some of their biography and/or cast and crew..

SURGE is a non-competitive film festival so all participants are winners. Because we remain a non-competitive film festival, when a film, script or music video is officially selected by our film festival, each member of the cast and crew is permitted to display our official selection SURGE laurels on their website and materials. The SURGE laurels not only distinguish you as being a part of an official selection of SURGE, but more importantly the laurels distinguish you as someone who works for equality and social justice on behalf of all people. In addition, each member of the cast and crew are eligible to receive a certificate. SURGE has also begun interviewing members of the cast and crew who attend SURGE and placing the video interviews on our website through Vimeo as well as Youtube channels. This enables the video interviews to appear not only on the SURGE website, but these video interviews can also appear on the filmmakers website through links.

Each and every year admission and ticket fees for people to attend the SURGE film festival has remained free-of-charge! This enables the largest possible audience, from all different financial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, to participate in the film festival.

Registration fees to submit films into the SURGE film festival remain low. This enables the largest possible audience, from all different financial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to submit films...

+...in which anonymous entries are accepted as we encourage whistle-blowers to expose injustice!

+...in which some of the entries that are not included in the festival are still published along with all the other entries in our International, S.U.R.G.E. Multilingual Film Festival Directory! This enables all entries to receive exposure and networking with people from all over the world.

SURGE is so much more than just another film festival: it is in word and in action the sixth annual international Social Uprising Resistance and Grassroots Encouragement (S.U.R.G.E.!) Film Festival!

Mission Statement

Peace, Equality and Solidarity. Although political protests give us the opportunity to unite our thoughts in opposition to the route which our governments are taking us, many of us all over the world have come to the realization that the lack of peace in the world and the problems that we see increasing every day have a foundation deeper than the Republicans, the Democrats, or a few select multinational corporations. What we face are institutionalized problems, problems which can only be confronted at the root, researched and solved by imaginative and broad based, non-violent social movements - not ballot boxes.

A Forum of Unparalleled Access and Outreach
Access, Horizontalism and Outreach. The Annual Social Uprising Resistance and Grassroots Encourage (SURGE) Film Festival begin during the first Annual International A World Beyond Capitalism (AWBC) Conference  that began in 2005.  Much like the AWBC, SURGE has always aimed at contributing to the process of Access, Horizontalism and outreach by providing a space for activists - to reflect on the importance of long term vision, strategy, face-to-face relationship building and the realization that a worldwide multi-racial struggle for true universal equality must pro-actively work to include all races and classes of people, differently abled people, and even those who do not speak English. We also seek to bring together and give voice to people working for a better world: a world of equality, a world of peace.

With this in mind, SURGE is a film festival that is now moving to the next level by once again organizing the Annual International SURGE Film Festival that will take place in several different cities during several large events.

There has been so much talk about what kind of ‘charity’ third world countries and immigrants ‘need.’  But there is little talk about the need for self-empowering justice beyond capitalism and more capitalism. 

Once again, in 2012 SURGE is being organized with hopes of not replicating the style and approach of traditional film festivals, which are often alienating and racially homogenized with little attempt to create outreach and universal accessibility to non-English speaking people and to the disabled people of our society. These segments of our society are often the most vulnerable populations victimized by the oppressive characteristics of capitalism. Rather, SURGE is an attempt to use outreach to create an inclusive gathering.

Our Vision
Those of us who have collectively worked together to make the ‘SURGE’ a reality share the vision below, one that we imagine is also shared by many who have agreed to participate, facilitate, present, translate, or involve themselves in some active way.

We envision a space in which all voices are heard, and see the concept of "horizontalism" as a goal and a tool. It implies directly democratic discussions where theory meets non-violent practice, seeing and hearing one another in our full humanity, and confronting the power hierarchies that we observe amongst ourselves. Given that we all still live under the shadow of capitalism and the consequences of how it affects our behavior and psyches, we know that it is necessary for us to put great amounts of energy and thought into structuring egalitarian and provocative conversations, ones in which all of our voices and ideas can thrive. This at times may mean putting aside our defensive egos which often may inadvertently defend our lifestyles of privilege. At some level, we all have privileges in the United States, and these privileges of our capitalistic society have been gained by exploiting millions of the most vulnerable people throughout the world.

Diverse Perspectives
All of us participating in Film Festival have various experiences and thoughts on all the topics being discussed, from those of us who have spent most of our adult lives contemplating a particular subject, to those of us who are now just thinking about certain things for the first time. There are those of us who are creating alternative energy in our communities, and those of us who are still very much in the dreaming and questioning stage.

We would greatly like for you to help us work towards the goal of education and peaceful, universal alliance building. The best event and intentional community is the one we build in solidarity. Bring a friend, offer housing or a ride, post flyers in your community, volunteer or just be imaginative!

Goals
"Once people understand the strength of non-violence - the force it generates, the love it creates, the response it brings from the total community - they will not easily abandon it."

--Cesar Chavez, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Union Activist, Ethical Vegetarian, Philosopher, Activist


You have probably attended many meetings and conferences which speak about building Multi-racial alliances. Here are a few of the many ways in which film festivals that you have attended in the past greatly differ from SURGE Film Festival.

  • We greatly welcome the help of not only face-to-face volunteers but also volunteers who can only help from out-of-state, or out of country who work-from-home with or without the internet.
  • We intend to give people who attend the conference the option of placing contact information into a list which we will later transform into a free Alliance building directory.
  • The directory will also have a list of the languages that each person or organization is able to speak so that even activists or groups that do not speak English can form new alliances.
  • We acknowledge that lack of transportation is a race, class and gender issue. We desire to co-ordinate volunteers to drive to Native American reservations, migrant farm and labor camps, and other extremely low-income communities, to give a free ride, back and forth from the SURGE Film Festival, to people living in those communities.
  • To learn more about lack of transportation issues that face Native Americans, please read the American Indian Relief Council's resource information on obstacles to prenatal care.
  • It is the goal of SURGE that the workshops presenters are not members who are part of Corporate Front Groups.  This is very important because there has been an incredible increase throughout the world of organizations and groups which are deceptively posing as social justice groups and they have increasingly been able to achieve the goals of their government and multinational corporate sponsors.
[To see a list of corporate front groups and corporate-backed groups please go here. Go here to read about the international usage of corporate front groups in an Australian Science article titled 'ecological double agents.' Or go to your local library and find a very detailed list of corporate front groups found in article written by Co-op America titled: 'Unmasking Corporate Front Groups: Will the Real Grassroots Groups Please Stand Up.']

We have many more innovative ideas to build real and lasting multi-racial alliances amongst people who are truly working for world peace. But we can only do it with your help. Volunteer or just make sure you come to the SURGE Film Festival!





"Once people understand the strength of non-violence - the force it generates, the love it creates, the response it brings from the total community - they will not easily abandon it."

--Cesar Chavez, Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers of America, Union Activist, Ethical Vegetarian, Philosopher, Activist

Cinema and Young People – ÉCU Film Festival Presentation in Italy

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011, the evening event “Reality Bites” was held at the Sentieri Selvaggi School in Rome, Italy. The event is held annually, and features live music and opportunities for producers and directors to share stories about their production experiences. The event also serves as a chance to close and celebrate a didactic year, meanwhile introducing future projects to come. Useful meetings are offered for students who are curious and wish to know more about the production of i...

June Newsletter

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Français Spanish Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry, the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly update. As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks after the screening. Missed the ...
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