Tag Archive: The European Independent Film Festival


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.


ECU_2015HVUM_logo_150x150The European Independent Film Festival is just weeks away! HorizonVU Music is sponsoring “Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century” a workshop directed and facilitated by Philippe Philippe Duvivier, a Business Developer involved today with Parrot drones and Sennheiser Streaming Technologies. Philippe will be joined by Juliette Valsamidis representing HorizonVU

“Innovation and the Cinema in the 21st Century”

Date: 12 April 2015
Time: 10h30
Place: Les 7 Parnessiens Cinema, Salle 4
98 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris

This is a workshop not to be missed! Why?

Philippe Duvivier

Philippe Duvivier

Juliette Valsamidis

Juliette Valsamidis

Think about it…What if spectators could use their smartphone at the cinema ? What if movie cameras could fly ? What if birds could help ? What if sound could be layered ? What if everyone could adjust content to his/her wishes and needs ? What if spectators could decide on the framing ? What if sound could be as directive as a laser ? What if movies could be immersive ? What if everyone could get a personalised experience ?

Would all of this be possible, what would it mean for each one of us, as a scenarist, a director, a producer, a cinema owner or a spectator ?

Come and see amazing live demos, and discuss with us innovation and potential disruptions in the movie and sound businesses.

The new year has started, our team is expanding, ÉCU 2015 is approaching and the Official Selection of the Festival is finally out! Yes, dear indie lovers and supporters, we keep working hard for you.

If you need inspiration take a look at the Spotlight section – we have a lot of badass women filmmakers this month. And if you have just completed a cool and original script – why don’t you try to compete at ÉCU 2015 script competition? Look below, you still have time to do it!

Stay updated reading what we have done in Brazil (don’t be too jealous, we didn’t go surfing), and what we are planning to do in Paris during this lovely February: we have a couple of ideas that you can steal from us for sure.

And while you think about all of that, click on euroifc.com and watch the new indie movies we have released this month: procrastinating because of indie binge-watching is OK.

Don’t forget to stay in touch with us, follow / liking / retweeting / stalking us whenever and wherever you want.

And remember: APRIL 10th IS THE DATE.
See you soon in Paris!

/ ÉCU Team /


Love is in the air…February is the shortest and sweetest month with Valentines Day smack bang in the middle. Whether you want some date ideas to dazzle your loved one or some distraction from being on your lonesome, we’ve got things to do for you here:

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For the film buff with a conscience, FIFE (International Environmental Film Festival) is offering a huge variety of documentaries and fiction films inspired by our planet’s plight. César award-winning director Martin Provost leads the jury. 3-10th February

Head to Art Ludique to see the concept art and sketches of Studio Ghibli, known for their highly poetic animated films PRINCESS MONONOKE and SPIRITED AWAY. Until March 1st.

ART

Deep in the depths of the Bois de Boulogne is a stark modern building, Foundation Louis Vuitton, and Olafur Eliasson is providing the highly immersive opening exhibition. Come in from the rain and contemplate for a within his magical landscapes. Until February 15th

The Pompidou have rustled this exhibition together in record time after the atrocity that shook the country. For those who want to no more about this infamous paper, come and see their entire history on display. Until February 27th.

MUSIC

Indie folksters Alt-J are rocking Le Zénith with their infectious songs that stand out from the crowd of trendy wannabes. Get a ticket before they inevitably sell out. February 4th

For the older (or retro-loving) indie folk, catchy as hell The Divine Comedy are playing in Paris too. Check out their hilarious classic ‘The National Express’ for a satirical criticism of coach travel. February 11th at Philharmonie de Paris

LOVE

Where is this? The Amazon? Believe it or not this is in our very own Paris in the lovely park Buttes Chaumont. With waterfalls, caves, an island and lots of grassy slopes, there’s plenty of perfect make-out spots.

“Uno-dos-tres, cuatro-cinco-seis” Tango dance on the banks of the Seine for a romantic and inexpensive treat. Head down to Quai St. Bernard and join in the fun or drink wine and watch amazedly.

Published on 2 February 2015

Your pumpkin is starting to rot but it’s still too early to put up the tinsel. What is there to do in November?! Never fear. ÉCU is here to save you from boredom.

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Paris International Fantastic Film Festival
Gaumont Opéra
19th-24th November

If you are sick of realist drama films then 6 days of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction should help you escape the everyday. Created in 2011 by cult magazine Mad Movies, this festival is still young but it might become as big as the UK’s Frightfest or Portugal’s Fantasporto.

Not recommend for the fainthearted.

Portraits of Women in Chinese Cinema
Cinematheque Française
19th – 30th November

From the 1930s before the revolution all the way up to the present day, this comprehensive series of screenings show the changing roles of women in China. Familiar names like Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-Wai pop up along with a whole host of surprises you would have never heard of. Maggie Cheung, most famous for IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000), will be speaking at the Cinematheque Française so that is a must see.

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Salon de la Photo
Parc des Expos de Paris
13th – 17th November

November is officially photography month in Paris and the most important event of all is the Salon de la Photo with every photography service and product under the sun exhibiting, along with the ZOOM award nominations. Sabine Weiss (pictured), a Swiss child-prodigy who went from advertising to reportage to vogue is given a startling retrospective. Through her career she took some of the most defining images of Paris.

David Bailey
Galerie Thierry Marlat
November 3rd to December 6th

British photographer David Bailey spent a great deal of time capturing the big names of 1960s Paris. You can see a range of chic snaps from actress Catherine Deneuve (pictured) to filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and singer Jane Birkin.

MUSIC

Metronomy
Palais Des Sports
November 1st

Metronomy have come a long way from the small countryside town of Totnes and become one of the catchiest indie-pop bands of the last decade. They will be performing songs from their latest album ‘Love Letters’ at the spectacular Palais des sports. Make sure you bring your Converse Allstars and your skinny jeans ready for some dancing.

Africolor 2014
Across Paris
15th November to 24th December

In its 25th year, Africolor celebrates African culture in all its vibrancy in a series of concerts, film screenings and music workshops. One such concert is the brilliant kora player Chérif Soumano. Taking place on the outskirts of town, all the way from Saint-Ouen to Montreuil, this festival is well worth the trip.

FOOD AND DRINK

Salon Saveurs des plaisirs gourmands
Porte de Versailles
19th to the 23rd November

For only 10 euros you try the best of the best of French gourmet cooking. There are restaurants, celebrity chefs, tastings and food trucks. Make sure you arrive with a healthy appetite.

Le Grand Tasting
Carroussel du Louvre
28th – 29th November

For those of you who prefer a ‘liquid diet’ you can pay 20 euros for what is effectively a very refined and high-class open wine bar. All the major wine regions of France are represented along with an Italian section and one or two from areas further afield such as Turkey, Lebanon and Chili.

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September is finishing, and so is summer apparently. We’ve had an amazingly warm month where Parisians haven’t had their notorious cranky attitude, but they’ve actually seemed to enjoy their life, taking their “apéros” near the canals and lying down on the beautiful parks.

ÉCU team has had a busy but exciting month; we received loads of cool indie film submissions and we made new festival partners from all around the world! We feel that joining the forces with other festivals could help the very best talents to screen their fresh and innovative films to as many international audiences and industry representatives as possible.

Indeed this month our beloved partner Naperville Independent Film Festival in the US has shown 14 films from the 2014 edition of ÉCU to the American audiences. We are very happy and proud of this long-lasting collaboration and we cannot wait for October, when other two European festivals will showcase our films: Tyrolean Independent Film Festival in Austria and Aarhus Independent Pixels in Denmark.

Being surrounded by the long and naked legged fashion week models, Paris is surrounded by beauty and charm. If you are a filmmaker there is no more excuse for procrastinating… Send us your films; we would love to see what the indie world has to offer this autumn!

Don’t forget to stay in touch with ÉCU through our channels: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and more… We will make sure you will keep being updated with the latest news about independent cinema, about autumn events in Paris and other interesting and amusing stuff.

First published on 25 September 2014

Suddenly summer is over again; without warning, you are delved into a crowded metro station with your rainy coat and a nostalgic look. Sure, summer may leave you nice and bronzed but there is so much to look forward in autumn – mornings will be golden and misty, falling leaves, an excuse for hot drinks… oh, or just cuddle up and watch some cool indie films on our Film Channel www.euroifc.com.

ECU_2015After a quick break in the French countryside, our crazy staff is back at the office and ready for an exciting rest of the year. We are constantly reading all the great film scripts submitted into our Much More Than a Script Competition. ÉCU accepts short and feature-length scripts in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian, so we invite all the writers to send in their works.

Dozens of films have been submitted to ÉCU so far, and new festivals from Italy, Portugal, Brazil and Russia joined our partners’ network. We are really proud of this result, as we work hard every day in order to reach and to catch the attention of as many film lovers as we can. All these news seem to be a good omen for our Xth Edition taking place in Paris on April 10th – 12th 2015.

If you’re thinking that ÉCU is focused only on film and video art, we are here to prove that you’re wrong! During August, our talented graphic designer Ona Canilao has been documenting through amazing drawings what was happening in the streets of Paris; you can’t miss her awesome series “When in Paris” on our website.

September is coming closer and closer; ÉCU Team is getting increasingly busy, but we never forget to keep you in the loop, as our social media and our website is always updated. So keep in touch and don’t miss our fresh daily news.


Things have been heating up in both a literal and figurative sense this month at the ÉCU office. Submissions for the 10th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival are starting to roll in, and we have been thoroughly enjoying going through them while we continue to promote the fantastic films from the past edition. The next ÉCU—The European Independent Film Festival takes place April 10th-12th, 2015 in Paris, France. Attention all indie filmmakers! Submit early for the opportunity to have your work showcased before a global audience at one of Europe’s premier cultural cinematic events.

Because ÉCU is a 12-month event, the fun doesn’t stop when the festival does. The ÉCU-on-the-Road tour kick started the month with a visit to Rome, Italy for the Mashrome Film Festival. Featuring mash up, remix, and experimental cinema, Mashrome presented 4 films that were part of ÉCU 2014 Official Selection: BYE-BYE STARR-FIZZ, experimental film by Charline Branger; NOT ANYMORE : A STORY OF REVOLUTION by Matthew VanDyke and winner of Best Non-European Independent Documentary at ÉCU 2014; POST SCRIPTUM by Spanish filmmaker Santiago Parres; and BABYLON, music video by Felix van Cleeff.

ECU_2015Dedicated to associating with festivals that highlight the most cutting-edge films worldwide, ÉCU was delighted to partner with the Festival of New Cinema, International Festival of Digital Cinema. The 10th edition of this 10-day event featured diverse, daring, and imaginative digital short films free of charge for a multicultural audience.

We ended the month with ÉCU-on-the-Road tour’s stop at the Victoria Film Festival at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains in Romania. Four films from ÉCU 2014 Official Selection were presented: 216 MONTHS by Valentin Potier and Frédéric Potier ; DAMN GIRL by Kira Richards Hansen; SWEET RABBIT by Camiel Schouwenaar; and CRUISE PATROL, animated film by Bobby de Groot and Arjan van Meerten. This special festival aims to preserve culture in a post-industrial society. We couldn’t support the cause more!

As June comes to a close and July appears closer and closer around the corner, the ÉCU team may have beach destinations on our minds…but indie film doesn’t take a vacation! We continue to promote this year’s submissions, organize ÉCU 2015, and work to bring you the best independent films from around the world. Stay posted to find out more!

Published on 27 June 2014


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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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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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