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ECU_2015_blog_smallThe 10th European Independent Film Festival – ÉCU – is nearly here! The Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of

Tarah Who? with Phil Cartwright

Tarah Who? with HorizonVU's Phil Cartwright

the very best independent filmmakers from around the world and proudly provides a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.

The 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 24 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.

Excitement builds from the Festival Launch Party on 11 March 2015 at Badaboum! In addition to welcoming remarks by Scott Hillier, President, The European Independent Film Festival and Kädi Lokk, Manager, the party featured music from Nausicaa, Tarah Who? and Milky WAY!

This year, HorizonVU Music is proud to sponsor “Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century” a workshop directed by Philippe Duvivier (Sennheiser) who will present jointly with Juliette Valsamidis (HorizonVU Music).

Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century
Where: Les 7 Parnassiens (Petite Salle)
When: Sunday, April 12th // 10:30 – 11:30

Philippe Duvivier

Philippe Duvivier

Juliette Valsamidis

Juliette Valsamidis

Cam

Cam

The program will also feature music by singer/songwriter Cam. Come and see amazing live demos, and discuss with us innovation and potential disruptions in the movie and sound businesses. This year the Festival has an added surprise for you… one super SPECIAL award has been added honoring EXCELLENCE IN WOMEN’S FILMMAKING !

All the information you need to enjoy this years festival can be found at the Festival’s site. See you there!!!

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ÉCU 2014- The 9th Annual European Independent Film Festival will take place from April 4th to 6th at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris.

As well as the film screenings, festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops as well as a series of ‘Meet the Directors‘ panel discussions, in which the audience pose questions directly to the filmmakers. There is also a full program of live music hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music. Personalities from cinema, television and the arts, as well as filmmakers and film industry professionals, will mix with a cinema-loving public craving the energy, free spiritedness and innovation that embodies independent film.

Tonya S. Holly

Tonya S. Holly

Along with The European Independent Film Festival and Women-In-Film-In-Music and ESG Management School, HorizonVU Music has co-sponsored a study “Why, Where, What and How? Motivation Behind Film Viewership”. The preliminary results will be available and discussed throughout the Festival and during a special co-sponsored session on Sunday, 6 April at 10h30 led by Owner and CEO of Cypress Moon Productions, Inc., Tonya S. Holly. In addition to the survey results, a focus of the discussion will be on the issue of gender bias in the motion picture and music industries.

“We eagerly look forward to giving these great indie films the recognition they deserve by screening them to large audiences here in Paris,” said Scott Hillier, Oscar-honoured filmmaker and ÉCU’s founder. “In its 9th year, ÉCU continues its tradition of being a true filmmakers’ festival, in which directors develop their unique creative styles in a warm and welcoming environment.“


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EuroIFC is a free and legal film-viewing platform. The channel is the brain child of the same active and dynamic team behind ÉCU and showcases independent films from around the world, films that wouldn’t normally find distribution easily but ones that, in our opinion, deserve to be seen. EuroIFC sets itself as a worldwide refuge for creators that seek a wider audience for their work and also as a great choice for indie cinema lovers who are browsing around looking for good films to watch online.

The origins of The European Independent Film Channel can be traced back to The European Independent Film Festival and to the desire of its public to re-watch the films they enjoyed during the festival. At the beginning the channel was screening only films that participated in the festival but the idea quickly expanded beyond the limits of ÉCU, welcoming every independent filmmaker to submit his film for consideration. “We invite indie-lovers from across the world to join us on this thrilling occasion to help make known how incredible independent cinema can really be”, stated Scott Hillier, president of ÉCU, at the official worldwide launching of EuroIFC this May in Paris. The channel has a vast variety of films covering seven different categories (pretty much like the festival): short films, documentaries, student films, feature films, experimental films, music videos and animation films. The collection is completed by interviews with the filmmakers and with more original content. On EuroIFC you can also find many of the award-winning films from previous ÉCU editions, like “Berlinoises”, “The Forest is Red”, “Myra”, “House”, “Never Winter” and other favourites.

We are really excited about the potential of the channel because of the opportunity it gives to indie filmmakers to showcase their films to a larger public and because of the wide variety of good films offered to the cinema lovers. Not only the viewers have embraced it, but the filmmakers love the channel too. Many of the directors stated that ÉCU was a special experience for them and that they are glad to be part of this new project. “Wow, that sounds exciting – I checked out the page and it would be an honor to have my film displayed on the channel.” said Gerhard Ehlers, director of “Smoorverlief” part of ÉCU 2010 Official Selection and now showcased on EuroIFC.

For watching all these great films and for further information about submitting your own you can visit EuroIFC’s official website, ‘like’ its official Facebook page or ‘follow’ its Twitter and Tumblr.

Give yourself a chance to taste this fresh cinematic experience and you will surely come back!

Published on 26 September 2013 at http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/?p=22120&lang=en


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ÉCU screens in Barcelona from ecufilmfestival on Vimeo.

As part of ÉCU-on-the-Road 2013/2014 tour, ÉCU is traveling to Barcelona, Spain to screen 24 films from 12 countries, a selection of the best independent films from ÉCU 2013 Official Selection. The screenings and workshops will be held between November 14th to 16th at Raval.

During the three-day event there will be Q&A session with Catalan filmmaker Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font, the director of OTHELLO, winner of Europe’s Best Independent Film at ÉCU 2013, as well as workshops on directing and screenwriting.

“We’re pleased to be taking ÉCU-On-The-Road to Barcelona in November and very excited to have the director of Europe’s Best Independent Film 2013 working so closely with us. Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font is a talented filmmaker and it’s inspiring for people to interact directly with one of generation’s great filmmaking talents.” says ÉCU Film Festival President Scott Hillier.

The selection includes the Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2013, “Girl Shaped Love Drug” by Simon Powell (UK), Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short 2013, “Buzkashi Boys” by Sam French (Afghanistan/USA) and Best Independent Music Video 2013, “I’ve Only Just Begun” by Elias Koskimies (Finland). Click on the image below to see the full programme.

How to get there?

All the screenings and workshops will be taking place at: Raval, Auditorio Blanquerna (calle Valldonzella 12, 08001 Barcelona).

The best way to reach the location is by Metro: L1 Ronda Universitat or L3 Plaça Catalunya

How to purchase your passes?

The 3 day festival pass is €20. The online ticketing will be available shortly.

If you have other inquires please do not hesitate emailing us at: info@ecufilmfestival.com


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This week’s spotlight is dedicated to… us! It’s not that we’ve become self centred, but we want to share our enthusiasm and introduce you to our new project, EuroIFC, a free and legal film-viewing platform. The channel is the brain child of the same active and dynamic team behind ÉCU and showcases independent films from around the world, films that wouldn’t normally find distribution easily but ones that, in our opinion, deserve to be seen. EuroIFC sets itself as a worldwide refuge for creators that seek a wider audience for their work and also as a great choice for indie cinema lovers who are browsing around looking for good films to watch online.

The origins of The European Independent Film Channel can be traced back to The European Independent Film Festival and to the desire of its public to re-watch the films they enjoyed during the festival. At the beginning the channel was screening only films that participated in the festival but the idea quickly expanded beyond the limits of ÉCU, welcoming every independent filmmaker to submit his film for consideration. “We invite indie-lovers from across the world to join us on this thrilling occasion to help make known how incredible independent cinema can really be”, stated Scott Hillier, president of ÉCU, at the official worldwide launching of EuroIFC this May in Paris. The channel has a vast variety of films covering seven different categories (pretty much like the festival): short films, documentaries, student films, feature films, experimental films, music videos and animation films. The collection is completed by interviews with the filmmakers and with more original content. On EuroIFC you can also find many of the award-winning films from previous ÉCU editions, like “Berlinoises”, “The Forest is Red”, “Myra”, “House”, “Never Winter” and other favourites.

We are really excited about the potential of the channel because of the opportunity it gives to indie filmmakers to showcase their films to a larger public and because of the wide variety of good films offered to the cinema lovers. Not only the viewers have embraced it, but the filmmakers love the channel too. Many of the directors stated that ÉCU was a special experience for them and that they are glad to be part of this new project. “Wow, that sounds exciting – I checked out the page and it would be an honor to have my film displayed on the channel.” said Gerhard Ehlers, director of “Smoorverlief” part of ÉCU 2010 official selection and now showcased on EuroIFC.

For watching all these great films and for further information about submitting your own you can visit EuroIFC’s official website (http://euroifc.com/), ‘like’ its official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/euroifc?ref=hl) or ‘follow’ its Twitter (https://twitter.com/EuroIFC) and Tumblr (http://euroifc.tumblr.com/).

Give yourself a chance to taste this fresh cinematic experience and you will surely come back!


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THE LAUNCH OF EUROIFC – THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM CHANNEL

Scott Hillier

Scott Hillier

The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s leading event for independent cinema, is proud to announce the worldwide launch of The European Independent Film Channel (European Independent Film Festival) on 25 April, 2013.

The European Independent Film Channel will offer high quality independent films that push the boundaries of creativity, originality and offer a cinematic experience that is much more rewarding than found on mainstream video channels. “After eight years of being asked ‘where I can see these films again?’ we are very excited to be finally launching The European Independent Film Channel. This channel will offer great independent cinema content that includes some 2013 Official Selection films from The European Independent Film Festival, interesting and inspiring interviews and original ÉCU videos from our team”, commented Scott Hillier, founder and President of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

ÉCU -The European Independent Film Festival has always been dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films around the globe. The channel champions this commitment and allows the possibility for the filmmakers to expand their audience.

“We invite indie-lovers from across the world to join us on this thrilling occasion to help make known how incredible independent cinema can really be”, Scott Hillier continues.

The European Independent Film Channel is set to launch at 12:00 pm Paris time on Thursday, April 25th, 2013.

Plan to visit EuroIFC at www.euroifc.com


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Scott Hillier

Scott Hillier

The European Independent Film Festival announces its 2013 award-winning films including its highest honor, “Europe’s Best Independent Film 2013” award.

After showcasing 108 films from 35 countries, ÉCU 2013 ended its indie packed weekend with a spirited final ceremony recognizing its 25 award winners in 17 categories.

Winners included: Best Director for Good Night (Dir. Muriel d’Ansembourg), Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2013 for Girl Shaped Love Drug (Dir. Simon Powell), Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2013 for 82 (Dir. Calum Macdiarmid) and the festival’s most prestigious award, Europe’s Best Independent Film 2013 went to Othello (Dir. Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font). ÉCU also recognized one exemplary film, A Tempo: 3rd Act (Dir. Maria Abdel Karim) from its new addition, the Special Arab Selection, for “The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking.”

“I love the care and attention paid to my film and rather than hearing squeals we hear passionate ‘awwws’. I really feel like this is home, I belong here.” said award winner, Don Thacker, winner of Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature for Motivational Growth.

For the last eight years, ÉCU has been a launching pad for many talented independent filmmakers. The festival is extremely proud to help further the careers of these passionately driven artists who do not benefit from large production budgets and still create incredible cinema. This only confirms ÉCU’s mission to discover and promote extraordinary independent films from around the world and continue beinga major European cultural event.

“It was a great honor to showcase such an incredible array of films this past weekend. If these are the storytellers of the future than they certainly offer insight into what this next generation of filmmakers can do. I am filled with a renewed excitement for what is to come in 2014,” commented Scott Hillier, Academy Award-honored filmmaker and ÉCU President.

For a full list of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival’s 2013 award winners,
please visit www.ecufilmfestival.com.

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The European Independent Film Festival is underway! Yes, creativity, passion and a bit of craziness have all convened for what is destined to be an exceptional event. Friday night’s opening started off with welcoming remarks from the Festival’s President, Scott Hillier. HorizonVU Music was on the scene joined by featured singer/songerwriter Justyna Kelley.

Justyna Kelley

Justyna Kelley


The evening centered on a series of twelve shorts

Balkanica LTD | Daniele Scarpi 2012
I’ve Only Just Begun | Elias Koskimies 2012
O-Ring | Ondrej Hudecek 2011
Heads Up | Alex Merkin 2012
Cabbagemincer | Vadim Viner 2011
Eight-minute Deadline | Petros Papadopoulos, Zina Papadopoulou 2012
Pianoworks 13 | Julien Martorell 2012
Niagara | Leopold Dewolf 2011
Voices | Hussain Al-Riffaei
Nazi Goreng | Nathan Nill
EAT | Moritz Krämer 2012
Dog Sitting | Sara Verhagen, Yannick Privat 2011

and was followed by the first-night after party at Sitatunga. HorizonVU Music’s unofficial standout favorites for the night are Heads Up, Eight Minute Deadline, Voices and Dog Sitting. There’s a lot more to see over the next days, so we’ll just have to wait for the jury’s verdict.

Phil Cartwright, Justyna Kelley and Mike Beck

Phil Cartwright, Justyna Kelley and Mike Beck

As in the past, Mike Beck, Access Film-Music, is producing the music support for the Festival, leading with outstanding artists Lollo Meier, Tracorum, A.J. Croce and many more. The Festival runs through Sunday, so whether you’re involved in the entertainment industry or simply a lover of film, we strongly encourage your participation.

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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection of it’s 8th Edition. ÉCU 2013 will showcase 90 films from 28 countries on the 29th – 31st of March in Paris, France.

Check out the complete list of films which are nominated and watch the trailers for a sneak preview! Official Selection 2013

The President of ÉCU, Scott Hillier, presents the ÉCU 2013 Official Selection. Check it out!



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