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ÉCU 2021 is now open for submissions!

Submissions for the 16th edition of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, are now open! The festival will take place on the 9th, 10th, and 11th April 2021. Every year we screen thought-provoking, unique, and exciting independent films, and your film could be part of our 2021 programme. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. The festival pro...

ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival Info!

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  ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival is a weekend-long event showcasing some of the best indie films from all over the globe followed by an opportunity to get to know some of the directors better at a Q & A session and even at their amazing after parties!  Come join them in discovering, projecting, and promoting some of the World's best filmmakers.  For more information visit www.ecufilmfestival.com ...

ECU Spotlight on Elisabeth Moss

“Acting is not stupid, but it’s a very strange profession, honestly,” confessed Elisabeth Moss more than three years ago, when the last season of Mad Men was about to air. “My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else’s clothes, and go and pretend that I’m someone else. Who does that?” It’s a funny observation, but if anything is certain, it’s that Moss is better at it than almost anyone. She’s a master of “pre...

MOVIE REVIEW: GOOD TIME

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Since Nightcrawler, no film has better distilled American malaise better than the Safdie brothers’ ironically-named Good Time (2017). The film stars Robert Pattinson in a breakout role as Connie Nikas, an on-the-lam criminal in New York City trying to bail his mentally disabled brother Nick out of jail following a failed bank heist. As he hustles to come up with the $10,000, his night snowballs into a frenzied crime spree that feels utterly surreal as it plunges him into the...

ÉCU ON-THE-ROAD TAKES ON PRAGUE!

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is heading to Prague to share some of the World’s best independent films from upcoming talents with our Czech friends. ÉCU On-The-Road’s debut in Prague will take place on the 12th of October 2017 and is hosted by the prestigious Prague Film School, which is one of the leading film schools in Europe. The screening starts at 19:30 and is free of charge for everyone.  We will be sh...

ÉCU 2018 is open for submissions!

The European Independent Film Festival, one the World's most distinctive independent film festivals, encouraging innovation and creativity and showcasing great films to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema, invites you to submit to ÉCU 2018.   ÉCU's mantra is to Discover, Project and Promote the World's Best Independent Films and we are actively seeking innovative, absorbing and original independent films across our fourteen cat...

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2017 is OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has been dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world for twelve years now. Often described as Europe’s answer to Sundance, our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgr...

The ECU 2014 awards

Award Winners – ÉCU 2014 By admin The European Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 24 award-winners for 2014. After screening, 85 films from 32 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 15 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by...

Call for Submissions - ÉCU 2014

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  SUBMISSIONS FOR ÉCU 2014 ARE NOW OPEN! **2014 Festival Dates – 4th, 5th, 6th April** Stories are created every day, imagined or real, and the world is in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality. Through this dedicated quest and passion for independ...

Smaller Than The Sky - Submission to ÉCU 2013

What happens when everything you took for granted was lost in an instant? What would you do when you can’t do anything? This film is set entirely in a crashed car and takes the audience through the trauma of surviving and dying. This film tells the story about a mother (Afaaf) sufferance after a car crash in which is appears her husband and daughter die. Throughout the film we see Afaaf’s reactions as they swing ...

The Waiting - New submission to ÉCU 2013

  Across the globe an estimated 27 million people have been internally displaced by conflict. One such conflict, on Europe's doorstep, is between the former Soviet states of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Since the crisis began some 20 years ago, many thousands have been killed but many more people, some half a million - a staggering 20% of Azerbaijan's total population - have been forced to flee their homes and live like ...

The Predictable Life Of Sebastian - New submission to ÉCU 2013

  The middle-aged and skeptical writer, Sebastian, is sent a script. When he opens it he realizes he is the lead character. Trying to prove the script wrong he makes several attempts to cheat it - with no luck. When he starts to skip pages in the script he encounters alternate versions of himself. Now he has to follow the script to see if it will restore order. But will it?    

Hatch - New submission to ÉCU 2013

  HATCH follows two couples and the wrenching decisions they each must make on a wintry Vienna night. Milo and Biljana, illegal immigrants seeking opportunity, must acknowledge that they cannot raise their newborn and hope to achieve their own youthful dreams at the same time. Across town, Thomas and Andreas, an older and more stable couple desperately want to welcome a child into their lives. Decisions borne of d ...

Crow Feathers- New Submission to ÉCU 2013

A boy and his mum live on an isolated farm. One day a Crow man crashes into their world. Mask characters combine with animation in this experimental short narrative film.

Kore - Submission to ÉCU 2013

There are spirals everywhere in nature. But where is the nature in an increasingly urban and dehumanised world? A japanese woman, dressed in the traditional way, goes in search of spirals hidden in the maze of industrial concrete. Even if it means to create spirals by herself. La spirale est une forme omniprésente dans la nature. Mais où est la nature dans un monde de plus en plus urbain et déshumanisé ? Une ...

Deadline for Submissions to ÉCU is approaching!

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For all the independent filmmakers out there; Early bird deadline for submitting your films to ÉCU is set on November 18, 2012! AsBenjamin Franklin once said; 'You may delay, but time will not!'  Submit your film now on http://www.ecufilmf estival.com/?page_id=13048&lang=en   À tous les cinéastes indépendants; la deadline Early Bird pour envoyer vos films à ÉCU c'est le 18 Novembre 2012! Comme l'a dit un jour Benjamin Frankl...

New Submission to ÉCU 2013! - I am Tom Moody (trailer)

Watch the trailer of 'I am Tom Moody'. A new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the Student Film Category. Enjoy! I Am Tom Moody is a film about the creative struggle, it is about self-doubt, the source of these doubts and overcoming our past. We meet tom Moody in his first moment on stage, struggling to open his mouth and sing. Plunged into his subconscious mind we discover two voices, battling to narrate the viewer throug ...

Winners of ÉCU 2012 screened by Naperville Independent Film Festival

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Big thank you to our partners Naperville Independent Film Festival for screening ALL 23 winners from ÉCU 2012 - what a great honor to our filmmakers! /// Un grand Merci à notre partenaire Naperville Independent Film Festival pour avoir projeté les 23 films gagnants d'ÉCU 2012 - quel honneur pour nos réalisateurs! ...

PUPPETEER - OFFICIAL TRAILER

 Shaun is a lonely urbanite trapped in an uninspiring job and disconnected from those surrounding him in a metropolis. Yearning for human connection, he frequents the spot where his father died to revisit childhood memories when they practised the art form of puppetry; the metropolitan train stations to try engaging himself with fellow travellers; and makes failed attempts to socialise with his colleagues. To escap ...

ÉCU’S PARTNER RO-IFF FILM FESTIVAL

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This Romanian Festival, founded in 2005 by the “Artis Foundation” film production, it is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, looked towards the Black Sea region’s film industry, doing something different. The festival has grown every year and became noticed abroad due to the quality of the submitted movies as well as the events included in the official program. Since 2007 each edition is held under the High Patronage of the Romanian President. Ro-IFF i...

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