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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...

Everything Will Be Alright - Submission to ÉCU 2013

  This film goes behind the scenes and under the skin of a unique live theater production. Film director Niko von Glasow brings together a company of performers to conceive and perform a new stage comedy. In the play, a group of physically and mentally disabled hopefuls show up to audition for a TV talent show. They are sent to a separate and suitable room, where they are forgotten.  Believe it or not, this up ...

Border - Submission to ÉCU 2013 (Trailer)

  In his first short film Border, Dogan depicts the struggle of a young man to abstain from all that the other side represents; be that insanity, sickness, or death. Border is about an obsessive man, who is waiting for his same day HIV test results. The long wait leads him into a journey of self-questioning, obsession, and search for salvation. As clear in its title, Border is the portrayal of that thin line wher ...

Sammurai - Submission to ÉCU 2013

A Samurai with a stammer is outcast from Samurai school because of his speech and must go on a long journey to conquer his inner demons.  

Pineapple Head - Submission to ÉCU 2013

Louise discovers that life can be tough when she arrives at her new school. However the 9 year old uses her head and finds that help can be found when you learn to talk about your problems.    

A mile in our shoes - Submission ÉCU 2013

The average age of a young carer in the UK is 12. This is a poignant and moving tribute to those many young carers tending to parents or siblings or both. They manage the domestic needs of a household as well as the physical needs of those they are caring for. They sometimes care for more than one family member with ailments ranging from autism to muscular dystrophy. With a constant lack of understanding from the re ...

girl talk - submission to ÉCU 2013

Three girls compare notes on whereabouts boys have tried to have sex with them. They get the giggles and try to outdo each other. In the end they decide the best place to it is in bed.

What will Nanni Moretti like?

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  What will Nanni Moretti like? This is the question everybody is asking. It seems like everyone knows how grumpy and bad-tempered this great Italian movie-maker is, and we are sure that his last decision will be a surprise. Nanni Moretti, the president of the Jury at 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, always confirms the rumors about his taste and character. Actually, he has already declared that he didn’t share at all, the enormous enthusiasm around “...

ÉCU 2012 afterparty at Les Voûtes

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Check out our awesome afterparty video from this year's festival at Les Voûtes, Saint-Paul in Paris. Regardez l'incroyable video de l'afterparty de cette année aux Voûtes, Saint-Paul, Paris, France. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lQOjhFWrvE&feature=youtu.be  ...

ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

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For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

ÉCU'S Partner - On Location: Memphis International Film & Music

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Think Memphis and you think music: Graceland, Stax, Sun Studios. Check outÉCU’S new Partner- On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest! Quand on pense de Memphis et on pense de musique : Graceland, Stax, Sun Studios. Voit le nouveau associé d’ÉCU- On location : Memphis International Film & Music Fest! http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/2012/04/ecus-partner-on-location-memphis-international-film-music-fest/    ...

LIVE-STREAMING ÉCU’S OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT

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Upset that you cannot attend the ÉCU? We have found a solution to your sorrow by bringing our premier LIVE to your home! No matter where you are, tomorrow evening at 8 PM ECU’s premier will be streaming live on our website. Make sure you tap into this event in person or online!! Pas content de ne pas pouvoir assister à ÉCU? Nous avons trouvé une solution à votre malheur en amenant la première chez vous en LIVE! Peu importe l’endroit où vous vivez, demain soir à 20h00 ...

ÉCU's iPhone app is now live

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ÉCU's iPhone app is now live. To get started, download the Festival Genius iPhone app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/festival-genius/id474547590 and select ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival from the list. If you already have the Festival Genius app, tap "more" and then "change festival" to see the list of available fests. L'application ÉCU est maintenant disponible. Pour en profiter, téléchargez l'app Festival Genius pour iPhone ici: http://itu...

The ÉCU Office - Episode 3 - All the Misses in the office

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All the Misses in the office/ Miss who?/ Who is Miss Denmark? The ÉCU office is a cultural mix of people who run in and out every day. That is why names of ÉCU interns can be difficult to remember sometimes. Here is Marie's aka Miss Denmark story. ...

JANUARY 2012 NEWSLETTER UPDATE

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ÉCU wishes everyone a Happy New Year and we hope that everyone is energized, re-vitalized and ready to attack everything that 2012 is going to throw at us!Our FINAL, FINAL submission date is January 15th so, if there is anyone still out there with a great story and not already sent it to us now is the time. Our submission judges, over 60 of them hailing from all over the world, didn’t have a very long Christmas break and are screening films like crazy people as we work towards compiling a gre...

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...

THIS MONTH – ÉCU SCREENS IN ASIA

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This month ÉCU will be screening some of its winning films from 2011 in Asia at our partner film festivals in Bangladesh and in India.International Children’s Film FestivalJanuary 21st – 27thThe International Children’s Film Festival returns to Bangladesh later this month, continuing its stated mission to “open a new world of cinema to the children of Bangladesh and to give them an exposure to culture and tradition of different countries through film as a powerful media of art.” This ...

ÉCU's Partner - Cyprus Films Days opened for submissions

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The Ministry of Education and Culture and Rialto Theatre announces that Calls for Entries for the 10thCYPRUS FILM DAYS -International Film Festival 2012, are now open. The festival, which is being held for the 10th time this year, will host an international competition section titled “Glocal Images” in which film-makers from around the globe and Cyprus are invited to submit their films.The films participating in the competition section will be selected by the festival’s artistic committee:...

ÉCU's Partners - The Virtual Bridge

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      The Virtual Bridge’s mission is helping young independent filmmakers & producers to connect with the European film industry by organising FilmPitch Webinar Services and provide Training & Education Programs using online meeting technology -removing geographical boundaries.Our focus is to build a (virtual) bridge between filmmakers in developing countries and the European film industry.The programs of the foundation are developed with the aim to scout...

ÉCU's Partner CityCelebrity

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The federal network of city portals CITYCELEBRITY (www.citycelebrity.ru) is the largest independent crowdsourcing creative platform in Russia. They gather young talents from the whole of the country, making projects and contests in which thousands of people can take part and collaborate with festivals, culture centers, universities, international representatives and embassies, galleries, museums, creative and business communities.By registering at CITYCELEBRITY, you are going to to get new exper...
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