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ÉCU announces "Europe's Best Independent Film" for 2012

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The European Independent Film Festival, Europe's premier event for independent cinema, announces this year's 24 award-winning films. After screening 101 films from 33 countries, ÉCU 2012 ended the weekend with a lively ceremony honoring its award-winners. They include "Best Director" for "The Return" (Dir. Blerta Zeqiri) "Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2012" for "Women and Children" (Dir. Daniel Mitelpunkt) "Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2012" for "Corner Shop" (Dir.Georg...

ÉCU announces opening night films

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13 films to kick off the 2012 festival on Friday the 30th of March, 2012. ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, Europe's premier event for independent cinema, is delighted to announce the 13 films screening at the festival's opening ceremony on Friday the 30th of March, 2012 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens in Paris, France. The films are: • "Berlinoises", directed by Rocco Labbé (France), a bittersweet drama that ensues after a group of Russian soldiers find two German girls hiding in a...

The International Film Festival Summit Europe will return to Paris April 3 and 4

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The 6th Annual International Film Festival Summit Europe will be the most informative and fun filled summit to date. Bruno Chatelin will co chair the event with Scott Hillier (ECU festival founder) and Laurie Kirby (IFFS Executive Director). Bruno Chatelin is the co founder of filmfestivals.com fest21.com, producer (Emotion Film Factory) and former distributor: head of Sony Pictures and UGC FOX  France, he is a newly elected Board Member at the European Film Academy. Scott Hillier...

Life Happens, But Don't Let It Stop You From Submitting to ÉCU!

Life Happens, But Don’t Let It Stop You Submitting to ÉCU 2012! Submissions to ÉCU 2012 are well underway, and if you don’t want to miss out on a fantastic opportunity to screen your film to an international audience, don’t let ANYTHING stop you submitting to ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival 2012! www.ecufilmfestival.com

June Newsletter

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Français Spanish Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry, the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly update. As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks after the screening. Missed the ...

Submit to ECU 2012

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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 Ends With Awards Ceremony

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ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces the festival’s award winners. ÉCU 2011, in partnership with G-Technology, screened 77 films from 26 countries over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011 at cinema Sept Parnassiens and the Cinema Action Christine in Paris.Twenty awards were given out at the ceremony. “The Best Director” 2011 was shared by Susanne Kellermann, Florian Hirschmann, Katja Benrath the directors of...

Scott's Pre-ECU-Festival Update

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Fantastically stupefyingly busy. Sleep depravedand red-eyed. Tremendously excited. That’s the ÉCU 2011 team with only couple of days to go. At ÉCU 2011 we will be screening 77 films from 26 countries competing for 20 awards, with 8 World Premieres and 5 European Premieres. Sixty filmmakers are making their way to Paris to be on hand for their screenings and to participate in the meet-the-director sessions where they can interact with their films audience. I’m guessing they will als...

Wishes for 2011 from ÉCU’s new festival coordinator Teodora Berglund

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As we begin this New Year, the ÉCU team says goodbye to Rhiannon Hobbins who has been a dedicated festival Manager over the last four years. As Rhiannon leaves Paris and heads for new adventures in Australia, we welcome ÉCU’s new festival coordinator, Teodora Berglund. Here, Teodora introduces herself and sets out her hopes for ÉCU 2011. Hello ÉCU enthusiasts! I take great pleasure in wishing you all a Happy New Year! Lets hope 2011 will be a year filled with passion, ...

Letter to Film Schools – Special Offer!

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Bonjour! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 6th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers and their audiences. ÉCU is not only a great opportunity for students to see a vast array of fresh and innovative films made by extraordinarily talented filmmakers, ...

Submit to ÉCU 2011

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Talented Filmmaker? Interested in joining an Indie film community? Dream of screening your film in the city where cinema was invented? Then the European Independent Film Festival is where you want to be! We are now accepting film submissions for our sixth edition which will take place in Paris the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011. At ÉCU, it is not about who you know or the latest fashionable theme, we are looking for brilliant original work across twelve categories: European: - Dramati...

ECU European Independenet Fest announces line up

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Paris to host sixty–seven of the World’s best indie films 12 - 14 March PARIS, FRANCE (15 February, 2010) – The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the fifth edition of the festival. ÉCU 2010, in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will showcase sixty–seven films from twenty–seven countries ranging in genre from feature films, short films, documentaries, animatio...

Scott’s November Festival Update

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  Scott Hillier Hi! Our early deadline is getting near so if you directors want your film to be in competition at ÉCU 2010 you’d best work on locking that picture and send us a screening copy as soon as possible! You’ll find submission details at www.ecufilmfestival.com. While everyone seems to have spent the year being battered from pillar to post due to the World’s economic implosion, submissions have been coming in to us at a steady stream. As usual we ar...

ECU Fest Director update

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The tape machine is chewing on the digibeta cassette like a cudding cow. An exploding projector bulb screams like an incoming artillery shell. The fire alarm is triggered and water cascades into the cinema. 350 soaked people stream out into the cold.The bedside alarm goes off and I open an eye. Hmm. 3.10am. Nice. How I hate these reoccurring dreams only days before the festival ;) Apart from the vertigo-inducing nightmares that play out in my head during a couple of hours sleep I’m ridiculousl...

ECU Program announced: check the online community

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The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakersand their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the fourth edition ofthe festival. ÉCU will showcase 94 films from 25 countries ranging in genrefrom feature films, short films,documentaries, animation and experimental films and for the first time a category for filmsdealing with environmental issues. Competing at ÉCU 2009 will be ‘Voyage d’Affaires’ starring Guillaume Canet, ‘...

THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (ÉCU) ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL 2009 SELECTION

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Festival to showcase 94 films from 25 countries 13-15 March PARIS,FRANCE (18 February, 2009) – The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakersand their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the fourth edition ofthe festival. ÉCU will showcase 94 films from 25 countries ranging in genrefrom feature films, short films,documentaries, animation and experimental films and for the first time a category for filmsdealing with environmenta...
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