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Despite the fact that November is the month where coldness worsens and Christmas fast approaches, we at ECU have been so focused on our quest of discovering and sharing with you the very best of indie film, that we haven’t even picked out a festive jumper to wear, let alone started our letters to Papa Noel. And we do it all (well, partially) for you, our dear followers!

We once again searched the souls of film’s finest with our regular Spotlight feature, this month including profiles on Richard Kelly, Jia Zhangke, Tom Hardy, and Paul Dano, as well as offering some in-depth analysis on the films The Killing of a Secret Deer, Sing Street, and Loving Vincent, all to be found on our cracking blog.

Outside of our Paris office, however, we found ourselves on many adventures, not least having the absolute pleasure of once again attending the Aesthetica Film Festival from the 8th-12th November. We saw a plethora of incredible films, all located in different buildings in the beautiful city of York, England. We had an amazing time there and hope we get the honour of being invited back next year!

From the quaint British North, we found ourselves leapfrogging to the other side of the metaphorical pond as ECU On-The-Road ventured to Celaya, Mexico, to screen some of the best films of last year’s films at the International Film Festival Celayas (FICC) from the 24th-26th of this month. It was truly awe-inspiring to be part of such a haven of filmmakers and enthusiasts and to witness the films we cherish so much being played to, and adored by, a whole new audience. Hasta pronto, Mexico!

One thing, however, that is definitely approaching quicker than our next trip to Mexico (sob sob) is the Early Bird Deadline for film submissions, coming up this month. Sunday 17th December is the final day you can submit for this deadline with 23:59 ETC being the exact minute it ends. Make sure you don’t miss it!

That’s all the updates we have for you for now. If you don’t think you can wait another whole month to hear about our crazy shenanigans, don’t forget to check out our social media pages (click to see our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) for constant (and I mean constant) updates of what we are up to.



FNAC Live 2017 – 6 – 8 July – Hôtel de Ville

The FNAC-sponsored annual outdoor music event held in the heart of Paris distances itself from its peer festivals in that it offers music-lovers a string of buzzing concerts featuring artists who represent the best in modern French music, all for free. Each year, the music retailer giant FNAC assembles an impressive line-up of talented artists – from up-and-coming mavericks to established musical veterans – to the 4th arrondisement’s historic Hôtel de Ville district for riotous festivities and sonorous music spanning 4 nights during the first week of July – following a 5pm to midnight schedule. The event promises a series of electrifying musical performances from the likes of firebrand Julien Cleric and the talented darlings of record label Label Microqlima (The Pirouettes, Fishbach, Mémé Tan etc) on the festival’s opening night, to an eclectic assortment of artists (Juliette Armanet, Albin de la Simone, Tim Dup…) on the remaining nights. The jam-packed festival schedule will also feature concerts held at the smaller, more intimate venue of the Salon des Arcades for those festival-goers seeking a more relaxed, subdued festival experience – for more information about the highly-anticipated live event, click here!


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The 12th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April 2017
Female Filmmakers Initiative: Barriers and Keys to Success for Women in Film
and Music

Where: Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
When: Saturday, April 22nd // 10:30 – 11:30
Featured Speakers: Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers
Sponsored by HorizonVU Music

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The purpose of this interactive workshop is to further understanding of the barriers and keys to success for women in film and music through the personal experiences and observations of two featured female panellists representing and speaking to different dimensions of the professional film and music industries Bianca Mina and Aloïse Gouptil-Tiers. The program is intended to facilitate interaction among people interested in issues related to participation of women in film and music and to suggest action points.

Bianca Mina is a passionate writer/director/producer. Bianca majored in Film Studies at the American University of Paris, Latin American Film at NYU Buenos Aires and Film Producing in Los Angeles with independent filmmaker mentor, Tom Malloy. She has been working in the film industry for 8 years now and some of her projects include documentary “Fuera de casa” filmed in Panama, a successful sitcom on Romanian prime time television and two shorts films written, directed and produced in Paris.

After a childhood in Marseille, Aloïse came back to Paris and studied alternative culture through many travels, linking sociology studies and photography. She stayed one year in Poland where she became interested in Pacific revolution and owning properties conception, and received the first Polish prize for portraits. She worked as a photographer in Mumbai, India, for The Hindustan Times newspaper. Nowadays she is making movies in France and keeps taking pictures as often as she can.

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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!

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.

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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.


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