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Special ÉCU Screening in Paris

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Time 15 November · 19:30 - 22:00 Location Cafe Coutume, 47 rue de Babylone, 75007, Paris. Created by: The European Independent Film Festival More info ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival presents a Special Screening on the 15th of November 2011 at Cafe Cout...

ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November

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ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November Although the beginning of November is another milestone on the way to the deep midwinter, don’t despair! ÉCU has come up with a calendar of great things to do in and around Paris in the world of cinema. Even though the arrival of autumn spells the end of our Indian summer, thanks to the Festival d’Automne there will be lots to keep everyone’s mind off the gloom outside. Since 1972, the festival has offered challenging contemporary cul...

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

The Massachusetts Independent Film Festival (MassIFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run by filmmakers, film writers, and film lovers. Our goal is to showcase films from around the world made by truly independent filmmakers. We want to show the best of contemporary independent filmmaking in all genres(drama, experimental, comedy, horror, slow cinema, sci fi, fantasy, animation, documentary, and more). We dedicate Q&A time and conduct video interviews for visiting filmmakers. We also help promote the selected films to find a new audience. We love the art of cinema and we welcome all to join us! Please visit our website www.massiff.org for a glimpse into previous festivals.

2012 Submissions Open for the 5th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

2012 submissions are open for the 5th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, a showcase for the independent feature and short films made by Iranian filmmakers on any subject or by any filmmaker about Iran, from around the world. Deadline: August 1, 2012. www.IranianFilmFestival.org

2012 Derby City Film Festival announces additional awards for winning films

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2012 Derby City Film Festival announces additional awards for winning films Selected winning films to receive national recognition and possible distribution The Derby City Film Festival is pleased to announce partnerships with two major organizations which will offer additional prizes to selected winners of the 2012 festival. As in previous years, winners in each category (Student Short, US Short, International Short, Doc Short, US Feature, International Feature & Doc Featur...

Angels without Wings trailer

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 The in-depth story and thirteen year journey of one extraordinary pilot who lost her career and health to what many say is aviation's biggest cover up. This film relives the story of Melbourne born Susan Michealis through extensive footage and interviews. La profondeur et l'histoire de treizeans de voyage d'unepilote extraordinaire, qui a perdusacarrière et sa santé d'après beaucoup de ...

Nothern Film Festival

The 33rd edition of the Northern Film Festival (NFF) will held from 9 - 13 November 2011. This 5 day film festival focuses on (Northern) European cinema. Beating heart of the festival is the Interregional Competition, for first or second feature films, with the award presentation of the Matad’Or and the accompanying cash prize of € 10,000. Films in the Interregional Competition feature cinematographic explorations and representations of Europe’s regions in time, space and spirit.

Furthermore, many premieres and previews of films of cinematographic importance from all over the world are shown. These film programmes have been arranged thematically and geographically, in which Wij Noorderlingen (Us Northerners), with films from Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the Benelux, keep coming back.

More details on the Nothern Film Festival can be found on http://noordelijkfilmfestival.nl/english/

ÉCU in Italy

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ÉCU Film Festival in Italy. A short presentation and special screening at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema. On Saturday, October 22th, 2011 from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema in Bologna there will be a presentation and a short screening by the ÈCU - The European Independent Film Festival will be held. The academy was founded in Bologna in 1986 and its prestigious center is situated in the historical Palazzo Felicini. The courses (filmmaking and screenwriting, make...

History of Tbilisi vol 1

ÉCU has been learning a lot about the history of Georgia, including how Tbilisi was discovered. Ellen Dumbadze, coordinator of ÉCU in Georgia shares a Georgian legend with us!

ECU arrives in GEORGIA!

ECU has arrived in GEORGIA! We are all very happy to be here (in the sun!). Check out how excited we were to see out massive logo in the centre of Tbilisi! ECU est arrivé en Géorgie! Nous sommes tous très heureux d'être ici (au soleil!). Regardez notre excitation quand nous avons vu notre logo massive dans le centre de Tbilissi!

Borderland Trailer

Remember how it felt to be a teenager caught between childhood and being an adult? A new submission to ÉCU 2012 “Borderland” captures this feeling perfectly, and the cinematography is beautiful. Should this be crowded one of ÉCU 2012’s winners? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself…   Rappelez-vous le sentiment d'être un adolescent, entre l'enfance et l'âge adulte? Une nouvelle soumission d' ...

The last Scene

Director: Sadaf Foroughi.
On his last hours of his last day before retirement, an old cinema projectionist falls in love with the protagonist of the first Iranian talkie.

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ÉCU at OPEN cinema film festival in St. Petersburg

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http://www.festival-nachalo.ru/eng The last week of summer 2011 in St. Petersburg was marked by a very special event, a festival of short and animated films called "Open Cinema", which took place on 20th-28th August. More than 100 films from 30 countries were shown during more than thirty screenings in two cinemas and two open-air opening nights on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress - one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg and in the very heart of the city Tamara La...

Indie Cinema Series

Next ICS Fest!

FILM FESTIVAL FOLLOWS UP THEIR INAUGRUAL EVENT WITH MORE MEDIA INVOLVEMENT

ICS founders gear up for their 2nd event amid glowing reviews Los Angeles, CA -August 2nd, 2011- "I was thoroughly entertained and blown away at the caliber of talent showcased at the Short Film Festival. The filmmakers have a bright future ahead of them."

David T. Wagner (co-writer of "Van Wilder" and "The Girl Next Door") Panelist, March 2011 ICS Indie Cinema Series kicked off the first event of its kind in March in front over 100 attendees that included directors, actors, producers and movie lovers. The night included a red carpet entry, appetizers, drinks and the opportunity to network with up and coming filmmakers. Chosen films were screened and given notes from invited industry panelists.

To follow up their last event, ICS plans to include more media presence, additional sponsors and a new category, "Best Student Film," for invited student filmmakers. The Best Student Film winner will also walk away with a mentorship with one of the three production companies heading ICS.

Invited industry panelists at ICS on September 25th include, independent producer and studio executive, Andreas Olavarria; distribution consultant and producer, Sheldon Brigman; and Kevin Tancharoen, director of the 2009 remake of Fame.

Filmmakers can register by calling 424.835.0144, on our website at www.indiecinemaseries.com, or

www.withoutabox.com.  Registration is $40. Accepted films will be notified. Entry into the evening is free and includes appetizers, red carpet and media.  Make sure to like ICS on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indie-Cinema-Series/126833710710008.  

CHECK the ICS web site for the announcement of the of Celebrity Panelists for March 25, 2012 premier!

Student Films Welcome!

FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS FILM STUDENTS A CHANCE TO MENTOR WITH AWARD WINNING DIRECTORS

Best Student Film Award offers students a mentorship with ICS founders

Los Angeles, CA -August 2, 2011-In an effort to create more opportunities for student filmmakers, the Best Student Film category has been added to Indie Cinema Series. The student film that takes home the Best Student Film Award will have the opportunity to mentor with one of the three production companies heading the event.

"The Indie Cinema Series basically takes the principles of a regular film festival and combines them with meaningful notes from well known actors, directors, producers, and screenwriters, who serve on the guest panel. As filmmakers, we submit to many film festivals, yet are never given notes on our work. ICS provides filmmakers with an opportunity to learn what works and what doesn't in their projects. By creating an environment where filmmakers can grow their craft, we encourage a community of elevated art through film."-Marisilda Garcia

Panelists at the September 25th event include, independent producer and studio executive, Andreas Olavarria; distribution consultant and producer, Sheldon Brigman; and Kevin Tancharoen, director of the 2009 remake of Fame.

Filmmakers can register by calling 424.835.0144, on our website at www.indiecinemaseries.com, or

www.withoutabox.com. Registration is $40.  Registration for students is $30.00. Accepted films will be notified in late August. Entry into the evening is free and includes appetizers, red carpet and media.

CHECK the ICS web site for the announcement of the of Celebrity Panelists for March 25, 2012 premier! 
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ÉCU's newest partner ALADOS-COLOMBIA presents the “13a Muestra Internacional Documental” (13th International Documentary Exhibit

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  ALADOS-COLOMBIA presents the “13a Muestra Internacional Documental” (13th International Documentary Exhibition) The Colombian Documentary Corporation, “Alados-Colombia” is pleased to invite all filmmakers, film professionals and moviegoers in general to attend the 13th International Documentary Exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia, 15th-19th November. This year, the 13th edition, will bring together documentary films from 4 different continents s...

Car Lights Like Tears

Director: Peter Hastie.
A lone soul looks for pity in the night. Text from an anonymous blog.

Threads

Director: Peter Hastie.
A woman's descent into spirit. Experimental film derived from video footage of an art installation by Kate E Deeming. While most of the techniques in evidence - dissolves, fades, double exposures etc - were in use within a few years of the birth of cinema, they are presented here in a context which highlights their potential within the digital era, serving the needs of an ever-expanding visual language. Threads was edited within a single editing program. No additional plug-ins were used. Music: Scope J by Scott Walker (vocals by Ute Lemper). International festival screening rights secured.

How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

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By Jen Wallace With the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite movies in Paris. With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and independent cinema, here are 5 ways to watch movies around the city. (Note: Always carry ID and proof of address with you, as most libraries will ask to you to prov...

THE SKIN I LIVE IN (2011) dir. Pedro Almodovar

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THE SKIN I LIVE IN is, more than anything, an Almodovar tribute to Almodovar. Utilizing his own colour schemes, offbeat interweaving narrative and shooting technique, THE SKIN I LIVE IN will easily become one of the main works by this long-standing Spanish director.   It tells the story of Robert Ledgard, portrayed by Antonio Banderas - on a much awaited return to the silver screen and in his native language - a brilliant plastic surgeon obsessed with creating a pain-resistant arti...

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 ...

Independent Cinema vs. Blockbuster

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by Anne Marie “Independent cinema is cinema produced outside of big studios with a small to medium budget” – such is the definition of independent cinema. Contrary to many other definitions, independent cinema is defined not by what it is, but by its opposition to the cinema of big Hollywood machines. This is, in fact, how independent cinema was born. The birth of a new film label. It was in the United States, in the 50′s, that independent cinema fir...

Covariance

"Covariance" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. Russell and Genevieve fall in with each other at the racetrack, but their circuitous journey leads them further and further from home. Check out the teaser! "Covariance" est une nouvelle soumission à l’ ÉCU 2012. Russel et Geneviève se rencontrent au champ de courses, mais leurs tours de pistes les écartent de plus en plus de la maison. Regardez ...

Dilli

"Dilli" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. 'Dilli" is a moving collection of interviews with Delhi slum dwellers.  Its lens focuses on a group of dwellers, bringing to life the untold story of mass exodus of thousands who were bulldozed from their homes and transferred to a makeshift facade - Bawana without water, shelter or drainage, while the city was being beautified for Commonwealth Games 2010. Che ...

Beats of Love

"Beats of Love" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. True love has no limits. Driven by his obsession for sound, a man goes into the city to find the perfect beat to conquer the heart of the woman of his dreams. Check out the trailer! "Beats of Love"  est une nouvelle soumission à l’ ÉCU 2012. Le véritable amour n'a pas de limites. Poussé par son obsession pour le son, un homme pénètre dans ...
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