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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 ...

Moore joins 'Jewtopia' cast

Film News: 'Avatar' thesp joins Hewitt, Sergei in play adaptation -- "Avatar" thesp Joel David Moore has landed the other male lead in Bryan Fogel's feature adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit "Jewtopia," which stars Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt, as Variety first reported.

"A.L.I.C.E." in Marbella/Festival #20!

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"A.L.I.C.E." has been short-listed from 800 submissions representing 52 countries for the "Shorts Cinema" program at the Marbella Int'l Film Festival in Marbella, Spain running October 14-16, 2011. This is the 20th festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". During the same dates, "A.L.I.C.E." will be participating in the Beijing Int'l Movie Fest in China. Later in the month, the film moves to the Gold Lion Film Festival in Manzini, Swaziland. ...

The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan

"The Boy Mir- Ten Years in Afghanistan" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. It is a travel to central Afghanistan a few months after the fall of the Taliban.  The film tracks cheeky, enthusiastic Mir from a childish eight to a fully grown eighteen-year-old. This is a journey into early adulthood in one of the toughest places on earth and a journey that mirrors the vitally important story of Afghanistan. Chec ...

G-Tech FR interview with ÉCU 2011 winners Part 3

Check out the third and final part of an interview between G-Tech France and filmmakers Gabriella Cserhati & Fabien Lartigue- winners of "Europe's Best Independent Film" at ÉCU 2011. Découvrez la troisième et dernière partie d'une interview entre G-Tech France et les réalisateurs Gabriella Cserhati et Fabien Lartigue, gagnants du " Meilleur Film Européen indépendant " à ÉCU 2011.

Courts d’École EMC à la Péniche Cinéma

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By Marie Thiery, intern at ÉCUHow much have you heard about homosexuality in soccer? Know anything about German expressionism? Do you really know what multiple sclerosis is? And how does the idea of a robot confessional strike you?On Wednesday, July 20th, Tiphaine Vidal and I attended the short films screening at La Péniche Cinéma and hosted by the audiovisual BTS class of 2011 photo journalist students attending the « École des métiers de la communication » (EMC).In the heart of the Parc...

Bollywood Musical Comedy Movie

"Miya Anari Ba Biwi Khilari Ba" is a upcoming Bhojpuri Bollywood-style Canadian-Indian musical comedy film written, directed and produced by Babukishan Das (interview) starring Birbal, Yogini, Varsha, Chhatu Master, Yunus Parvez and many more. The film featurs songs performed by renowned Bollywood singers Sapna Awasti, Vinod Rathod, Chandana Dixit, Anuradha Paudwal and Anwar. Filmed in India with great

Skepto International and Roma Independent Film Festivals

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Skepto International Film Festival 2012: Submissions opened! We are pleased to announce that the Skepto International Film Festival has opened submissions for its third edition! Skepto International Film Festival has a competitive nature and it is open to short movies with no limits as to their subject, style or production budget. It admits documentary and short films of all kinds, including musical videoclips, videoart, experimental short movies, spots, fake trailers, new media...

Music Video Critique: Handsome Furs - "What About Us"

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Français German Here at ÉCU we haven’t shied away from bringing you awesome music videos that also tread that very thin (and much discussed) line between art and erotica. After ‘Baby Baby Baby’ and ‘Bombay’, a video that pushed the boundaries even further caught our eye: The new Handsome Furs video for  ‘What About Us’, directed by Scott Coffey. Warning: Extremely NSFW. Seriously, unless you work in the porn industry, or your boss is a liberal...

IN THE PALACE Film Festival, June 18-25, 2011

Check out a short video recap from the In The Palace film festival ÉCU attended held in Balchik, Bulgaria from June 18-25 this year! Découvrez une courte vidéo récapitulative du festival de cinéma In The Palace auquel ÉCU a assisté, qui a eu lieu à Balchik, en Bulgarie du 18 au 25 juin 2011 !

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...

New Festival Partner ‘Early Bird’

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Français Meet ÉCU’s new festival partner ‘Early Bird’, a European student film festival. We are delighted to announce that they are now open for submissions. For more details please see below: “EARLY BIRD” EUROPEAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (NOVEMBER 2011, SOFIA, BULGARIA) The American Foundation for Bulgaria has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the selection for the program of the 7th Students’ Film Festival EARLY BI...

Festival de Cinema de Avanca 2011

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Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience turnout and its number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. This year, Avanca invited ÉCU Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to the festival to serve on its jury board! Renowned for serving as an international meeting grou...

G-Tech FR Interview with ÉCU 2011 winners - Part 2

Check out part 2 of the interview (in French!) between G-Technology FR and filmmakers Gabriella Cserhati & Fabien Lartigue - winners of “Best Independent Film" at ÉCU 2011. Découvrez la partie 2 de l’interview (en français!) entre G-Tech France et les réalisateurs Gabriella Cserhati et Fabien Lartigue, vainqueurs du "Meilleur Film Indépendant" à ÉCU 2011.

ÉCU visits the 2011 Paris Cinéma Festival

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Français From restored grand classic movies, to Pixar’s latest animated film, and not to mention a ‘Special Honor to Mexico’ showcase, there was something for everyone. The ÉCU team went to the festival to gather audience reactions. “So much action! Stimulation overload!”, “A high quality festival affordable for most people” and “10 days of REAL cinema” … were some of the reactions towards the Tuesday evening at the end of the MK2 Bibliothèque festiva...

G-Technology France Interview with 27m2 Filmmakers

Check out an interview (in French!) between @G-tech France and filmmakers Gabriella Cserhati & Fabien Lartigue - winners of "Europe's Best Independent Film" at ÉCU 2011.   Découvrez une interview (en français !) entre G-Tech France et les réalisateurs Gabriella Cserhati et Fabien Lartigue, vainqueurs du " Meilleur Film Européen indépendant " à ÉCU 2011.

Live Chat: Young Women's Voices in Media

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Monday, July 11, Project Voicescape hosted a live chat to discuss the future of the media industry from the perspective of young creative women. This conversation is the first in an ongoing series of live chats called “Leading the Conversation” that ITVS will present this year. Find out more! Article: http://to.pbs.org/qkjxTN   Lundi, 11 juillet, Project Voicescape a animé une discussion en direct pour parler de l’avenir de l’industrie média selon le point de vue...

Volunteering at ÉCU European Independent Film Festival

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Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is an amazing 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. Our festival wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for the tireless effort of all the people who volunteer every year. If you want to find out what goes on behind the scenes and join us in making it happen, then we w...

Melt

“Melt” directed by Noemie Lafrance is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that melt away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light.  

New Category – European Youth Film

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Français German Italian Spanish ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival announces the launch of a new category, “European Youth Film“, for it’s 2012 edition. ÉCU gives European youth the chance to submit their work to a supportive and engaging international community, providing them with exposure, helpful critiquing and the opportunity to participate in a real life film festival! Young filmmakers will be competing for the “The European Youth Exce...

Only Sound Remains

“Only Sound Remains” directed by Tanha Sedast ke mimanad and Arash Ashtiani is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Dramatic short category. In the wake of the violent post-election protests in Iran, a family tries to hide the news of the death of their youngest member from their grandmother.  

Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

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Français German Spanish By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which is the creative stranglehold suffered by the country at the hands of ...

Vermin

"Vermin", directed by Adi Gelbart, is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. When three creatures mysteriously appear on earth, the authorities observe them and try to make sense of their peculiar actions. At first the creatures harmlessly wander the fields. Then they are seen collecting plant seeds for growing gigantic onions and lettuce. But when they start using the vegetables as components in their giant o ...

Legalize

“Legalize” is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. 'Legalize' presents the hard-hitting facts of the costs to the U.S. of its current marijuana laws and the huge benefits that can be reaped by ending this era's disastrous prohibition policy. It compares the current failed drug policies with the failed 1920's-era alcohol prohibition, and weaves facts and quotes from political leaders, medical experts and law enforc ...

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