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This month was, as you can imagine, the most exciting and important of all.. The 9th edition of ÉCU took place on April 4th-6th and it was a real success! A lot of people came over to see the selection of films that we screened and in general they all had a positive response from audience and the festival jury.

On our website you can still have a taste of how we lived during those crazy three days: there is a page on which you can have a look at the pictures of the best moments of screenings, After-Parties, Ceremonies and much more. You can also read the blog that the members of the ÉCU Team wrote in the few free moments that they had during the festival so that you can get a sense of how it was to be behind the scenes of the realization of the festival. Also, you can watch videos from our live streaming to see what happened during our workshops, Q&As and Ceremonies.

The jury had a lot of hard work to do to pick a winner for each category but at the end they all agreed and we were glad to announce that the Best European Independent Film 2014 award went to “216 Months” by Valentin Potier, Frédéric Potier. The film tells the story of Maureen: nothing is comparable to her success as a ventriloquist singer, except her belly. The entrancing voice that comes out of Maureen’s insides has a name: Charles. He will soon be 18 and he has one sole objective in life: to be born.
You can find out the full list of winners on the website.

It is always nice to look back at those days and it is funny to have a look at all the material we collected to have all those crazy moments stuck in our memory… But now it’s time to look forward and plan the next edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. We announced some days ago the dates for the X edition of ÉCU: it will be held in Paris, on April 10th-12th, 2015.

The submissions for ÉCU 2015 will open during the Festival de Cannes on May 19th..YES! We will be there from the 17th to the 25th of May as our next stop of ÉCU-on-the-Road tour. So, you all independent filmmakers anxious to screen your work in front of a wide audience, stay tuned and try to be part of the most important event in Europe for the promotion of your indie film. We will be also bringing you live updates from Cannes, so you better keep checking our website.

The Spotlights of this month go through different personalities that are among the most discussed in at the moment: Xavier Dolan, whose new film “Tom at the Farm” has just been released; Julie Gayet which is one of the protagonist of “Portrait of Mistresses” by Rocco Labbé, Award winner for Best Cinematography at ÉCU 2014 and Paul Thomas Anderson, that is currently gearing up for the late 2014 release of his seventh feature film.

At the beginning of April the filmmakers of Otello, Best European Independent Film 2013, went to our partner film festival, the Foggia Film Festival for the screening of their film. They competed in the category of Feature Films that was composed of 12 independent films, and they won an Audience Award in memory of Giuseppe Normanno. We have an exciting new program for ÉCU-on-the-Road 2014/2015 and on our website you can find out all next stops – amazing environments to showcase the films that were part of our Official Selection. Among the cities that will host films from ÉCU we have Rome, Naperville and Innsbruck.

The European Independent Film Channel is growing fast thanks to new films that filmmakers have sent us. We are uploading new films from our 2014 festival as well as you can see many of older films that have competed in our festival in previous years… so you now have a huge range of choices to watch great indie films for free!

Here at the office we are then working for the organization of ÉCU 2015 and for the promotion of all the indie films that we screened during this year’s edition. Stay tuned to find out more!

Published on 25 April 2014


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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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Reposted from http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/?p=21865&lang=en

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!


What’s The Buzz ?


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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