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It’s been a very busy month for the ÉCU team – as it always is at the end of the year. Between some chocolate cakes and some Portuguese cupcakes we found the time also to shoot some funny videos, but spent most of the time watching film submissions.

We shoot a lot in this month – from EICAR – The International Film & Television School Graduation Ceremony, where we saw the creatures of a lot of very promising filmmakers (which we hope to see submitted to ÉCU soon), to the fantastic evening at the International Chamber of Commerce for their 2016 Photographic Awards. We saw some beautiful photographs along the current theme of #PeoplePlanet and we had some great food cooked by Les Cuistots Migrateurs, thanks to the work of some very talented chefs hailing from migration countries. ÉCU Team is also a master of combining fun and work: we spent a day in Batofar, where we had the chance to see indie rock band Belle Roscoe perform. This brother sister duo really offered us a great performance and a perfect occasion for shooting the magic of the moment!

This month was so full that we could not visit them but a lot of our festival partner took place and we always have a look of what happens in them. In Italy D.E-R, an association of documentary filmmakers from Emilia-Romagna, held its 10th edition in the inspirational city of Bologna.

In Berlin instead, took place the Award Ceremony of the Around Film Festival is a network based film collective that gathers international colleagues all around. Flying to Netherlands, we could have seen the movies of the Eindhovens Film Festival, an independent and non-commercial festival that prides itself on searching for “artistically free” independent filmmakers who make statements and choose unconventional storylines.

Although our international staff went home for Christmas, some of us stays in Paris waiting for your film submissions! Our Regular Deadline is on the 31st of December. We think submitting your film is the perfect way to spent an amazing New Year’s Eve and look forward for 2017!


ECU-logo-2016-BLACK_small-150x150The European Independent Film Festival is thrilled to announce that this year ÉCU has partnered up with The Paris Marriott Rive Gauche! Not only you can stay close to the Les 7 Parnassiens cinema, where ÉCU screenings will take place but receive special deals during the festival weekend!

Four-star style and unparalleled convenience blend seamlessly at the Paris Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel & Conference Center. The hotels features an ideal location on the renowned Left Bank, allowing for simple access to the best of Montparnasse and the surrounding area as well as Les 7 Parnassiens cinema! You can make yourself comfortable in a recently redesigned hotel rooms and suites; all accommodations provide first-class amenities, with select rooms offering views of the beautiful Paris cityscape. In addition, the hotel showcases traditional French Bistro cuisine at a signature restaurant, R’Yves, and a fully equipped fitness center. The Marriot Rive Gauche hotel proudly offers over 50,000 square feet of elegant, flexible venue space, as well as first class planning and catering services.The only thing you have to do is to click this link to make your reservation.

Enjoy your stay and see you at the 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival!

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The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces its 25 award winners for 2016.

After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over the past 3 days it all comes down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content. Judged by a panel of internationally acclaimed industry experts, jurors found it difficult to choose this year’s highest honour Best European Independent Film 2016. ÉCU is proud to present our 2016 Award Winners:

Best European Independent Film 2016 THE CHICKEN (Croatia/Germany) Una Gunjak
Best European Independent Dramatic Short HORSEFACE (Spain) Marc Martinez Jordán
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature VANITAS (Belgium) Oscar Spierenburg
Best European Independent Documentary WOMEN IN SINK (UK/Israel) Iris Zaki
Best European Independent Experimental Film REFUGEES (Netherlands) Eduardo Hernandez Perez & Hans Jaap Melissen
Best Independent Music Video CIRCLES (Estonia) Helen Takkin
Best Independent Animation THE OLD MAN AND THE BIRD (Germany) Dennis Stein-Schomburg
Best Independent Comedy DISCIPLINE (Switzerland) Christophe M. Saber
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short THUNDER ROAD (USA) Jim Cummings
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature KIDNAP CAPITAL (Canada) Felipe Rodriguez
Best Non-European Independent Documentary LIFE ON THE BORDER (Iraq/Syria) Basmeh Soleiman, Delovan Kekha, Diar Omar,
Hazem Khodeideh, Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, & Zohour Saeid
Best Student Film THE VAN BOMMEL BROTHERS (BELGIUM) Laurens Jans
Best Short Script 6TH OF SEPTEMBER (Romania) Ionut Gaga
Best Feature Script AS AN ACTRESS (Austria) Maria Hinterkörner
Best Actor PATRICK’S DAY (Ireland) Moe Dunford
Best Actress LOVE/ME/DO (UK) Rebecca Calder
Best Editing THE WAY OF TEA (France) Coban Beutelstetter
Best Cinematography THE SEED (Belgium) Kassim Olivier Ahmed
Best Director THE MAN OF MY LIFE (France) Mélanie Delloye
Special Jury Mention SEMILIBERI (Italy) Matteo Gentiloni
BALCONY (UK) Toby Fell-Holden
WELCOME (Spain) Javier Fesser
Audience Award WHILE YOU WERE AWAY (UK) Ben Mallaby
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence
in Arab Filmmaking LITTLE GANDHI (Turkey/USA/Syria) Sam Kadi
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking UNTIL 20 (USA) Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba


Sophie_banjoSophie Tapie is known for her work in music, film and television. On 9 April, she takes center stage at The European Independent Film Festival presenting her experience-based views on barriers and keys to success for women in film and music.

The purpose of this workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success through the personal experiences and observations of featured speaker, Sophie Tapie. In addition, the program is intended to facilitate the networking among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Sophie Tapie was born in Paris in 1988. At 17, she went to London in order to attend classes in music, dance, and comedy at “The Arts Educational School.” Following two years of study, she graduated and returned to France with the certainty that music will govern her life. She has met with and worked with different authors / composers / French interpreters, she seeks her style, her voice …

Passionate and hard working, in parallel to her music, she has performed in theater (Oscar) and made a film (24 days Alexandre Arcady), a TV series (Commissioner Valencia), and she hosts a TV show (Equidia TV).

In 2012, she participated in The Voice. Noticed by the Canadian label Vega Music, Sophie moved to Montreal for a few months to work with Steve Marino and a successful director from Montreal, Steve Marino. In 2015 she released her album, “Sauvage”: 12 tracks that make us look and travel in a world full of humor and lucidity, ideals and freedom.

Follow Sophie on Facebook and Twitter


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ECU_2016ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. We proudly provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

Our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.

ÉCU has expressly established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. As such, we are the perfect venue for bold and visionary filmmakers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects. Our screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent.

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the directors. Directors then have the opportunity to respond and speak about their work and process. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties were attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.


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Not everyone is able to make it to Paris to ÉCU’s annual film festival. So, every year after the main event ÉCU travels around the world making sure its “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This demonstrates ÉCU’s active commitment to cultivate and encourage the new and inspiring talent that comes its way.

Last year over 10 countries around the globe were showing ÉCU films. This was made possible through the help of film commissions, film schools and our partner festivals. This action alone makes our storytellers voices heard, their creativity made known and allows them possibilities they would otherwise might not have had.

As a festival for filmmakers, it is extremely important for ÉCU to go on the road and tour our films. Through our road series, we have the ability to changes lives, forge relationships, further artistic expression, and most importantly, encourage a new generation of filmmaking and film-goers.

WHERE ARE WE GOING:

Vault Film Festival, London

February 7th,14th,21st,28th , 2015

We are very proud of ÉCU’s partnership with the first edition of Vault Film Festival. The festival will take place in central London on Sundays between 14:30 – 16:00 on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2016. The Film Festival is the newest addition to the Vault Festival of Arts, which will see it’s fourth festival taking place in the edgy underground location of The Vaults, Waterloo for six weeks in 2016: January 27th – March 6th. The best of ÉCU will go to London soon and we are super excited! Check here for more information.

NDU International Film Festival, Beirut

November 15th-22nd, 2015

At its 9th edition, NDU was celebrated at Notre Dame University – Louaize, between November 15 and November 22. In this last version the Festival decided to honor the Lebanese Legend Abdel Halim Caracalla for his lifetime achievements. As a great example of an artist who gained success after years of persistence and belief in the artistic gifts of his team, he well represents the independent type of filmmakers the Festival aims to promote and reward.

The Clare Valley Film Festival showcases Australian and international independent film, as well as informing and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers, meanwhile raising the profile of this vibrant and diverse area – the Clare Valley. This year, the theme of family, friendship and life as seen through the eyes of the young and the old have played a big influence on many of the films.

HorizonVU Music is proud to partner with ÉCU, Paris, 8-10 April 2016. For more details concerning The European Independent Film Festival go to http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/


September is coming to an end and here at ÉCU we’ve been extremely busy getting back into the swing of things. While our summer interns may have gone off back to their studies, off to live with monks or eskimos or have just gone off to pursue the usual other things that humans do, a wave of fresh blood has flooded into the office bringing in with them even more exciting ideas that we will be bringing to you over the following months! Say hello to Tommaso, Georgia, Habiba, Christian and Geidre and Mathilde!

As well as our amazing new interns, ÉCU are very happy to announce that we have established two new partnerships this month with two great European festivals, the Sgaurdi Altrove Film Festival in Milan and Arouca Film Festival in Arouca, Portugal. Both are very exciting and promote creativity and innovation through independent film. We are glad to have them on board and look forward to working with them with our ÉCU-ON-THE-ROAD events.

ÉCU-ON-THE-ROAD reached far and wide this month with both ÉCU-in-NAPPERVILLE and ÉCU-in-INNSTRASSE screening films from our collection. Twenty award winning films from ÉCU’s 2015 edition were screened at the Naperville Film Festival in Illinois, USA from 12th to 19th September 2015. Two films from ÉCU’s 2015 Official Selection, Border Trafficking and One Thousand and One Teardrops were screened at the Sommernachtskino open air cinema in Walther’s park in Innsbruck, Austria as part of the Tyrolean Independent Film Festival on September 18th. The adventure doesn’t stop there, as our films will be making their way to Egypt for the Qabila Film Festival from 8th to 10th October, Denmark for the Aarhus Independent Pixels from 16th to 18th October and Morocco for the 8th Tangier International Film Festival from 20th to 24th October.

This month we are also very pleased to announce the launch of our ÉCU movie review, with an article each week dedicated to one of the latest releases of indie films. The first film we have chosen to review is La Vanité by Lionel Baier. Keep checking our website to say up to date with the films we have been creeping into the cinemas late at night to see.

Whilst you are doing that also have a look at our spotlight articles. We are constantly searching for interesting characters in the film world to write about and this month an eclectic mix of Tippi Hedren, Quentin Dupieux (also known as Mr Oizo), David Lynch and the wonderful Bill Murray have made it onto our list.

Submissions keep rolling in and we have had a lot of interest this month so you will have a lot of films to look forward to during our festival from 8th -10th April 2016. In the mean time you can keep up to date through our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram) and watch the latest submission trailers on our Youtube page. October is approaching and we are sure there is a lot more to come, so keep your eyes peeled for our latest escapades!


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The holiday fever is already halfway through. Paris seems to be more relaxed than ever, though things never stop buzzling around. There are many exciting activities to indulge yourself into – all the culture events, or simply drinks and sun at the Paris Plage. This year fireworks on the National Bastille Day were spectacular as always, but don’t forget- on chilly and quieter nights you can always choose to cosy up and watch some cool indie films on our channel euroifc.com. So as it‘s been said, summer is a perfect time to visit.

Seeing everyone taking it a little bit easier, ÉCU team also sneaks out sometimes into the streets of Paris. Still, we always keep our eyes wide open, look for inspiration, try to be creative and involved, all for making the upcoming XI edition of the ÉCU Film Festival happen again on April 8-9-10, 2016.

parrot droneThe month of July was hectic but exciting; we received loads of new and cool indie film submissions, also our partner’s network keep on expanding; festivals from all around the world are welcome to join and unite the forces! We feel that it is one of best way to help talented filmmakers, screenwriters to show their work to as many innovative and international audiences as possible. This is what we all work towards! For the same reason we are always excited to reward the hardest working- we recently sent out the Parrot Drone for the winner of the Best Director award at ÉCU 2015 – Tannaz Hazemi. Hope it is flying high and making some great shots! Thus it is a small reminder to you all that even on holidays amazing ideas can be born and award-winning movies can be made. Submit them early and stay calm; ÉCU team will handle it from on-wards.

Lastly, don’t forget to stay in touch with ÉCU through our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more… We will make sure to keep you updated with the latest cinema news and events in Paris and other interesting and amusing stuff: interviews with filmmakers, spotlight articles about directors and movie-makers, as well as all the short videos our interns have been creating.

Have a great summer,

ÉCU team.


Our team has been enjoying the spring sunshine and preparing for the next edition of ÉCU. Couple of really exciting news here: firstly, the new dates for our XI edition have been announced – mark your calendars for April 8-9-10, 2016 for the coolest indie fun ever. Secondly, ÉCU is now opened for submissions, so all independent filmmakers, send in your works now, you do not want to miss out on the chance to screen your work before a global audience at the most significant indie film event in Europe. Be sure to submit early!

ÉCU is always on the road and our search for the greatest independent films never ends. From May 17th – 24th ÉCU was hunting the emerging talent at the Cannes Film Festival. From early in the morning in the Palais to very late at night in the after-parties, we quickly learned that networking never ends! Make sure you check out our Cannes section of the website to see what our team was up to.

ÉCU is screening two films from its 2015 Official Selection at Cabriolet Film Festival in Lebanon. BENEATH WATER by Charlie Manton and LAST WILL: IDYLL by Alice von Gwinner will be competing for the prestigious film awards in Beirut City over the weekend of May 29th – 31st. Also we are happy to be part of Clare Valley Film Festival’s special educational project taking place on May 30th, where HUMAN by Brigitte Drodtoff, another Official Selection film from our 2015 edition will be screened. There are many other interesting stops planned, so keep checking our website for all the updates.

Here at the office we continue to organize ÉCU 2016 as we promote all of the films screened in the latest festival, looking forward to celebrating 11 years of incredible indie work. We hope you’re excited as we are for what the next month has in store!

Stay cool. Stay indie!
ÉCU Team


ECU_2015_blog_smallWhether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always 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.

Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on being one of Europe’s premier events for independent films. This stems from the festival’s unyielding belief in its filmmakers and their artistic efforts.

ÉCU 2016 will take place in Paris, France from April 8th to 10th 2016.

“For the last 11 years, we are honored to have been able to help creativity, innovation and a true independent spirit around the festival. ÉCU has developed into a global 12-month event, combining our 3-day event in Paris with our global ÉCU-on-the-Road tour where we promote our Official Selection films to a worldwide audience. We help filmmakers to share their amazing stories and we look forward to another great year of spreading the word that great indie films are the fabric of our souls.” says Scott Hillier, founder and President of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

The competition focuses on original and independent works that demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation across fourteen categories.

European Categories: – Dramatic Feature – Dramatic Short – Documentary – Animation – Experimental – Music Video – Comedy

Non-European Categories: – Dramatic Feature – Dramatic Short – Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Categories: – Student Film – Feature Script Competition – Short Script Competition – Arab Special Section

Early Bird Deadline: November 22nd, 2015 Regular Deadline: December 20th, 2015 Late Deadline: January 10th, 2016 Withoutabox Extended Deadline : January 17th, 2016

ÉCU 2016 will also host its 10th annual “Much More Than A Script Competition!” The script competition gives writers the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged for being a central part of the collaborative filmmaking process. The competition focuses on independent screenplays that are not aimed at the mainstream or Hollywood film markets and demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation. Several of the scripts that have competed have been made into films.

Deadline: March 6th, 2016.

Independent filmmakers and scriptwriters may submit their films and/or scripts at via Withoutabox, FilmFreeway or directly from HERE. For information regarding the festival’s rules and regulation for submitting films and screenplays, please visit: Rules-and-Regulations.


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