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Submit to ECU 2012

We’re excited to open up submissions here in Cannes for the seventh edition of ÉCU, taking place from March 30th to April 1st 2012 in Paris, France. We can’t wait to see what you all have to show us this year! Pour tous nos fans ÉCU prêts et impatients – nous sommes désormais prêts d’accepter toutes vos soumissions 2012! Nous attendons avec grande impatience pour vos submissions!

Submit to ECU 2012

Deutsh Español Français Italian Are you talented enough? Are you creative enough? Are you BRAVE enough? A lot of people talk about making a film. Very few are brave enough to do it. If you’re a storyteller, a visionary, an innovator or a technical genius with the determination to realise your dream, then get out there and make your film. Once it’s done send it to us, and we’ll take it from there. We are continually searching for the world’s best indie film...

ECU's First Day in Cannes

ÉCU is in Cannes soaking up the sun, sights and sounds. But it's not all play, we've had meetings galore, met some incredibly talented filmmakers and told everybody in the Palais about The European Independent Film Festival! Bienvenue au Festival de Cannes! Nous avions beaucoup de rendezvous, rencontrions des cineastes talentueux et racontions tout le monde du Festival Européen du Film Indépendant!  Check out more photos here   ...

‘Series Mania’ Hosted by Forum des Images

Forum des Images’s ‘Series Mania’ event from the 10th – 17th April included projections in cinemas of the latest American, British and French TV series and several round table sessions hosted by experts where the public could discuss the themes, characters and cinematography of the various series. I use the word ‘cinematography’ because this really was at the heart of every debate throughout the week; can we still distinguish between a television series and a film...

Highlights from ÉCU 2011

Take a look at some great behind the scenes footage from ÉCU 2011 , featuring background music from a live performance by Ellis playing her song "How Would It Be." Vive ÉCU ! Jetez un oeil à quelques moments en coulisse du ÉCU 2011, mettant en vedette la musique d'ambiance d'une performance en direct par Ellis qui joue sa chanson "How Would It Be." Vive ÉCU !

Interview with "Never Winter" Dir, Moe Charif

Though the 2011 ÉCU Independent Film Festival is over TNC has been lucky to continue to be able to bring you some pretty amazing interviews with some of this years participants. Moe Charif, director of Never Winter based on a true story, took the time out to talk with us about his film, and what he has planned for the future. Never Winter WON Best Actress for Chiara Thielmann You can check out their projects at How did you get into f...

Festival FranceDoc : Expériences documentaires

Experiences could simply mean everything that, by luck or misfortune, happens to us. Good, bad, bittersweet or equivocal memories. But experiences are not always just handed to us. They are born out of our desire to try things out, to make things work. Experience = experiment. This year, we invite you to partake in our own documentary experiment: through the first edition of FranceDoc Festival, we want to share with you some 40 singular moments that have either moved, shocked, or tickl...

Shopping for co productions at Paris Cinema

  PARIS PROJECT MEETINGS Paris Project 2011 Save your dates! July 4 to 7, 2011     Paris Project, the coproduction platform of Paris Cinema International Film Festival, is now actively selecting projects from all around the world. Its aim is to bring to...

Inconnu Festival 2011

Inconnu Festival 2013, PARIS, FRANCE

 Dear filmmakers and cinema lovers,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the tenth edition of our famous Inconnu Festival, an international short film festival that takes place every year in Paris, France.

The tree day festival will take place in spring 2013 in a prestigious Parisian cinema. We will project a series of 30 carefully selected short films. There are three prizes to be won at the end of the festival: a public’s award, an award for the team’s favorite film and an award from our very own jury of professionals.

Here are our entry requirements:

Deadline is on the 8th of March 2013
Length: Between 7 seconds to 20 minutes
Subscription is free!
If the film is in a foreign language, don’t forget to add subtitles.

To compete, please fill up and send theinscription form with a DVD copy of your film to this address:

Association Cinésept , L'Inconnu Festival
Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7
UFR LAC Case 7010
16 rue Marguerite Duras
75205 Paris CEDEX France
You can also submit your movie on the internet, please visit our website http://www.inconnufestival.frfor further information.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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call for films

THE INCONNU FESTIVAL - 2011 CALL FOR FILMS   Directors! If you are looking for an audience to discover your talents, send your work to The Inconnu Festival! The 8th edition of our short-film festival will be held from the 27-30 April 2011 in Paris! Films must be between 5-25 minutes in length, but as for the rest, surprise us! If your film is i...

Cinéma du réel - Festival international de films documentaires

Since it was founded 36 years ago, the Cinéma du réel has become France’s foremost documentary film festival. Open to a diversity of writings, creative forms and ideas, the festival draws a large, faithful and curious audience.

The festival’s venues: Centre Pompidou, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum de Images, the Nouveau Latina, as well as several film theatres in the Ile-de-France area.










Could it be that night defies “realism”? From black to overly bright, from town to forest, from the beginnings of cinema to contemporary experiments, night escapes us, reveals itself or becomes transfigured. 

Proposed and programmed by Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller

In partnership with the French Film Archives and the Centre Pompidou.


> Portugal, 25 APRIL 1974 – UMA TENTATIVA DE AMOR

For the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, an anthology of films shot during this enchanted interval, filled with hope, energy and freedom. With films by Rui Simões, João César Monteiro, António Campos, Robert Kramer, Pedro Costa and others.

Programme by Federico Rossin.

Partnered by the Cinemateca Portuguesa/Museu do Cinema and Apordoc, the Portuguese association for documentary film. With assistance of the Instituto Camões and the participation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation France Delegation.



A full retrospective of the films by Carasco, who spent 20 years travelling through the lands of the Tarahumara Indians with her husband, the cameraman and editor, Régis Hébraud.

Programme by Nicole Brenez, together with Régis Hébraud.



For the 10th anniversary of the filmmaker’s death, Cinéma du réel proposes two journeys through his work:

- ethno-fiction: a two-session workshop to pay tribute to this pioneer of ethno-cinema.

- Parisian wanderings: following in the filmmaker’s footsteps through the streets of Paris.

Partnered by the French Film Archives, the Comité du film ethnographique and the Fondation Jean Rouch.



After Syria in 2012 and Iran in 2013, this year Arrested Cinema questions documentary production in Russia. Given the lack of funding and the non-diffusion of existing films, is self-censorship  a necessary alternative?

Partnered by Arte Actions culturelles



For the French re-edition of Another Way of Telling, a spotlight on the works of John Berger, with screenings of Ways of Listening by Colin MacCabe, where the writer talks with Tilda Swinton, and Timothy Neat’s Play me something.



- Joaquim Pinto: screening of E agora? Lembra me, awarded at the Locarno Festival and a master class at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

- La Ultima Pelicula by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson.


>>> Cinéma du reel is also: discussions, workshops and professional round tables (including a guided tour of Claire Simon’s webdoc, Gare du Nord, a concert inspired by A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russel, “hors les murs” screenings in the Île de France area and beyond…” 

Le Marais

Le Marais, located in the heart of Paris, is known for its mixture of different cultures and personalities. Here you’ll find the Jewish Quarter, Gay nightlife, and great places to go vintage shopping! Katrina and Alice visited le Marais to show you all exactly what goes on, taking you from the delicious falafels to cool clubs to jewish art work and unique second hand clothes! You can find le Marais in the 3rd and ...

Nouveaux Cinémas International Digital Film Festival Paris


Since 2004, the Festival des Nouveaux Cinémas has made people discover the quality of digital creation and promote a demanding and innovating conception of this cinema opened to all.

All these new ways of capturing the world resulte in new types of movies so different from one another and yet united in this digital cinema revolution.

We bring you the diversity, the blooming and the energy of all the new cinemas.

Insight Film Festival Opens Call for Entries for 2011 Festival

INSIGHT FILM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES NOW OPEN!   Insight is an international film festival with a focus on Faith, calling upon filmmakers to use faith as a topic. Films about any faith are welcome, made by people of all faiths and none. The next Insight Festival will take place in November 2011 in Manchester and London, UK and will be streamed live across the web.    By entering the festival your film may be viewed by some high profile industry professionals an...

L'amour de Montparnasse

Director: Toby Lomas.
A sophisticated Parisian politician’s wife seeks to escape with the father of her unborn child from her routine and boring life in post WW|| Paris. She is forced to face reality when met with indecision and rejection by her allied airman lover on a dark Montparnasse station platform.

Toby & Hettie make a movie - The making of...(6hrs)

The making of/night of the short film L'amour de Montparnasse! (part 1 of 2)Waiting out side the gates the public left and we moved in.  It took an hour of setting up make-up, wardrobe, craft service and the first shot.  Due to the necessity of me having to multi-task I was running around like a headless chicken with no one to help in the behind the scenes as they were all setting up the jib arm and dolly.  Thankfully Chantelle who was the Travel Town representative was great and couldn't hav...

Andy et les Jumbies / Andy and the Jumbies

Hi there !I just finished my new documentary "Andy and the Jumbies" ... 2 years of work, following Andy Narell, the king of the steel pan ... He is white, born in Brooklyn, and the most famous composer for steel bands ... I followed him from New-York to Trinidad as he get ready for a big concert that may help him to be accepted as a true trinidadian … An incredible dive right at the heart of Trinidad, the home of steel pan ...52' HD french and english versions .... See the trail...

10 Things You Didn't Know About European Directors

By Greta Lorez   Did you know… … Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding members of the Nouvelle Vague, was the son of a Swiss couple. Born in Paris, he spent his childhood in Switzerland and at the age of 18, moved back to Paris where he studied Ethnology at the Sorbonne. Godard, however, never severed his Swiss connection: many of his movies were shot on location in Switzerland. He lives there now. … the German filmmaker Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of De...

Contemplations of a Culture-Shocked Movie-Goer

By Moze Halpernin Those of you who live in Paris have likely noticed the frightening abundance of misery-stricken, wet, baffled, crushed, torn, tempest-tossed Korean widows plastering the Paris metro stations.  Lurking behind every endearingly Parisian puff of urine with that worn mien, waiting to shatter commuters’ iPoded complacency, silently bemoaning the woes, the burdens, the weight of motherhood.  Actually, said Korean widows are just one Korean widow, played by Hye-Ja Kim, sta...

The European Independent Film Festival 2010 Official Selection

The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), in partnership with G-technology by Hitachi, is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2010 will showcase 67 films from 26 countries on the 12th, 13th and 14th March in Paris, France. EuropeanDramatic Short (24) Blocked (Norway) Boiler (UK)  Ca Roule (France)  Champagne Supernova (Spain) City Game (France) Committed (Iceland) Curtains (UK) Das Packet (Germany) Deux Minutes(France)...

Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays

What’s there to do in Paris during the holidays? Check out ÉCU’s guide to holiday time in Paris. Click on the links for more information.    By Sophie Nellis    1.   Do some window shopping. Paris’ department stores – Galeries Lafayette, Au Printemps and BHV go all out during the festive season, with haute couture-meets-Christmas window displays and fabulous lighting. This year, the fashion designer JC de Castelbajak des...

Our Paris Series Part IV: Canal Saint Martin

  By Sophie Nellis   The best place to go if you’re looking for atmosphere… In addition to the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l’Est, one of the key landmarks in the 10th arrondissement is the Canal St-Martin. Although the northern part of the canal has a slightly industrial feel to it, the southern part is very picturesque and it’s a great place to go if you fancy a leisurely stroll. The tree-lined quais are close...