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ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

Intern Buzz – 10 questions for Amy Dymond

About you…   1. How would you describe yourself in three words? Lost in Amyland 2. If someone wrote an article about your time at ÉCU, what would the headline be (this may or may not be shamelessly stolen and used as the title to this Intern Buzz by a lazy editor) European Independent Film Festival rescues stray dingo off the streets of Paris 3. What is your favourite drink? I wouldn’t say no to a cucumber and basil martini. 4. Cats...

October Newsletter Update

Suddenly, Paris has become a lot colder and it’s fair to say that autumn is definitely here to stay. Luckily though ÉCU hasn’t been spending much time in Paris at all this month! The first adventure abroad was when ÉCU went to Raindance in London in October to check out what is going on with Independent cinema on the other side of the channel. Almost straight away, the team was off again to host “ÉCU in Georgia”, which was a huge success. ÉCU was very proud to take some of its f...

The charming Ia Parulava talks to ÉCU in Georgia

ÉCU was delighted to meet the lovely Georgian actress Ia Parulava when the European Independent Film Festival hit Tbilisi on the weekend! // ÉCU était ravi de rencontrer la charmante actrice géorgienne, Ia Paraluva, quand le festival européen du film indépendant était en Géorgie ce week-end!

Catch up with EVERYTHING from our trip to GEORGIA!

Over the weekend of 7th-9th October, ÉCU was honored to present “ÉCU in Georgia” From the moment we arrived, we were very pleased to be there. Check out here how excited we were to see out massive logo in the centre of Tbilisi! ÉCU The European Independent Film festival is now in it’s 7th year, and over that time we have shown films from more then 50 countries, including Georgia, to thousands of people, and helped directors discover their voices as they talked to th...

History of Tbilisi vol 1

ÉCU has been learning a lot about the history of Georgia, including how Tbilisi was discovered. Ellen Dumbadze, coordinator of ÉCU in Georgia shares a Georgian legend with us!

ECU arrives in GEORGIA!

ECU has arrived in GEORGIA! We are all very happy to be here (in the sun!). Check out how excited we were to see out massive logo in the centre of Tbilisi! ECU est arrivé en Géorgie! Nous sommes tous très heureux d'être ici (au soleil!). Regardez notre excitation quand nous avons vu notre logo massive dans le centre de Tbilissi!

Keeping up to date with ÉCU IN GEORGIA!

What are you up to this weekend? If you’re upset you can’t make it to Tbilisi for ÉCU in Georgia, don’t worry! You can still keep up-to-date with all the news from this weekend’s most anticipated event with live updates direct from the festival. Stay tuned...   Qu'est-ce que tu fais ce week-end? Si vous êtes triste que vous ne pouvez aller à Tbilissi pour « ÉCU en Géorgie », ne vous inquiétez pas! Vous pouvez vous rendre au courant avec toutes les nouvelles de l'...

ÉCU poster in Tbilisi!

With ÉCU in Georgia now just days away, the final touches are being made in Tbilisi. Check out this big poster in the town centre of Tbilisi! (For full details of ÉCU in Georgia, go to   ÉCU en Géorgie commencera en seulement quelques jours, donc on fait les derniers préparatifs en ce moment. Regardez la grande affiche au centre ville de Tbiliss

September Newsletter Update

Now that the ‘rentrée’ has officially begun and the whole of Paris is back at work, it is no surprise that ÉCU has been as busy as ever this month! As the days get shorter and the nights get longer and colder, it’s clear that the lazy summer is over and its time to start the build-up to our 2012 edition in earnest. The rain outside has given our judges a good opportunity to go through more and more of the fantastic films we are receiving from around the globe Away from the beginni...

ÉCU is going to Georgia!

ÉCU is going to Georgia! During the weekend 7th, 8th and 9th of October we will be screening 19 winning films from ÉCU 2011 in Tbilisi. Check out the full programme. ÉCU va aller en Géorgie! Pendant le week-end du 7, 8 et 9 octobre, nous projetterons 19 films primés à l'ÉCU 2011 à Tbilisi. Regardez le programme complet. ...

Fabrique de Cinéma du Monde at The Cinema du Monde pavilion

12 young directors from Africa, Eastern Europa, Asia, Latin America have been invited to take part in the FABRIQUE DES CINÉMAS DU MONDE which is a programme that the LES CINÉMAS DU MONDE PAVILION has implemented to favour the emergence of new talents. You are invited to TO MEET'UP with our delegation of producers and directors. To share your experience, to encourage coproduction opportunities, to stimulate and support international creativity, to promote cultural diversity... there w...

Intern interviews: Ana asks Ellen about her ÉCU experience

To kick start ÉCU’s new theme for 2011 we introduce you to Ellen Dumbadze, newest addition to the ÉCU staff. In her in interview with Ana (our “creative content” intern) she tells us about her origins, her expectations, and her hands Ana: Hey Ellen, funny that we should meet at ÉCU! Tell me, where are you from? Ellen: Hi, I am from Georgia – the country not the state! I was born in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, one of the most fascinating places in the worl...

Cinema to cinema

Day 4 took me around the world and from cinema complex to cinema complex. I have never been in taxis so musch as today! I travelled to Slovenia, Switzerland, France, England and Georgia all in one day and thankfully all on screen. The quality of the films varied today. The day kicked off with the life of a prostitute in Slovenian Girl, followed to the very colourful world of Pepperminta and the bond she has with menstrual blood, than went to France for Wild Grass and one of the weirdest love a...

Here's the DIFF

Now that everybody knows why I like film festivals, this is my programme for Durban. As the city is so big and the venues far apart, I have to close my eyes and miss some excellent films such as Baaria, The Concert, Lebanon, Loose cannons, Sex, drugs and rock 'n roll and A woman, gun and noodle shop. Luckily Baaria, The concert and A woman, gun and noodle shop will be released on the SA art film circuit soon. The films in Durban cover a huge array with themes such as Ecolens, Wavescap...

Rotterdam Closing Night Film: The Aviatrix of Kazbek

39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 - February 7, 2010    The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam will close Saturday February 6 with the world premiere of Dutch film The Aviatrix of Kazbek, second feature film by Ineke Smits. The film, written by Dutch novelist Arthur Japin and produced by Isabella Films, stars among others Dutch actress Madelief Blanken, Georgian actor Zurab Jgenti, German actor Peter Lohmeyer and Romanian actress Anamaria Marinca from Crist...

Countryside 35x45

Director: Evgeny Solomin.
Throughout the country old Soviet passports are being exchanged for the new Russian ones. A provincial photographer is traveling from one Siberian village to another taking 35x45 mm passport photos of the villagers. Thanks to a large number of clients and profound observation of countryside life the films turns into poetic story about world-view of people living in remote areas at the cross-roads of two cultures, of Soviet and modern Russian ones.

Seventeen films to compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award

Seventeen films to compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award Directors from 13 countries will contend with their first or second movies for this award carrying 90,000 euros 8/11/2009 Seventeen films from 13 countries will compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award at the 57th San Sebastian Festival. Fourteen of these titles compose the Zabaltegi-New Directors section, while the other three, 11’e 10 kala / 10 to 11, La mujer sin piano and Yo también (Me too), will participate in...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009 Festival

The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections. Official Selection - Competition ...

Film Selection for Karlovy Vary 2009

The Karlovy Vary IFF (July 3 - 11, 2009) presents over 220 feature films from all over the world every year. Apart from the films in the special retrospectives, most of the films are screened in the Czech Republic each year for the first time, many of them in their world, international or European premiere as well. This year again, the audience will have chance to see interesting retrospectives and focuses apart from the traditional program sections.Official Selection - CompetitionThe exceptiona...

Caucasus International Festival Of Advertisment

Competition of the Festival 1. TV advertising competition 2. Printed advertising competition 3. Labels and packaging competition 4. Newspaper, Magazine, Title page competition

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Republic of GEORGIA celebrates 100 years of Filmmaking

    This year, marks 100 years of rich cinema history in Georgia, the 100 year anniversary of Georgian cinema.To celebrate the 100th anniversary, originally several exhibitions, festive events and showings of Georgian silent films were planned, but due to current upheaval, Russian invasion and war in the country, the schedule has been jeopardized by more vital issues in a country striving for its independance.   Almost bereft of archives, many films have been destr...

Peace in Georgia Appeal of Batumi International Art-House Film Fest

Appeal of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) toInternational Community of film makers & cinematographers Dear All,On behalf of Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) we want to address international community of film makers and cinematographers.During last days Russia started occupation of Georgian territory. Russia is in full-scale, brutal war with small state of Georgia which started the building of democratic country and striving to become a member of European...

Hubert Bals Fund Award goes to WASHINGTON at Yerevan’s DAB Forum

The Hubert Bals Fund Award has been given to WASHINGTON by Andro Sakvarelidze & Giga Chkheidze (Georgia) as Best Project out of twelve presented at the 2nd DAB Co-Production Forum (July 15-17). The Forum is part of the Yerevan International Film Festival (July 13-20) in Armenia. The Hubert Bals Fund Award, aimed to support the filmmakers in developing their project, comes with a prize money of Euro 5,000. The DAB Regional Co-Production Forum is organized by the Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Dev...

The Film Financing Circle (FFC) in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi

The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and takes place from October 15 – 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace. The FFC today announced two-time Academy AwardÒ-winner Paul Haggis will teach a master writing class for 50 exceptionally talented filmmakers, that is sure to provide an engaging discussion about socially and politically astute filmmaking in the Middle East.  Haggis’ writing credits include Academy Aw...


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