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November is the month of firsts here at ÉCU!

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On to the first of firsts…the launch of ÉCU’s new category, ‘ÉCU Firsts’. This exciting new edition offers first-time filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films at the ÉCU Film Festival in our special “ÉCU Firsts” screening area in Paris, for free, from March 30th to April 1st 2012. Check our website’s Homepage for details on submission criteria. For the first time ever, Kadi is off to Sofia, Bulgaria to judge the 7th edition of the International S...

52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening

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TIFF PRESS RELEASE! 52nd TIFF: Crossroads opening (11/9/2011) CROSSROADS OPENING The launch of the 7th Crossroads Co-Production Forum, which is part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival’s Agora / Market section, took place on Wednesday, November 9, at the Electra Palace hotel. “This is an important day for both you and the Festival”, said TIFF director Dimitris Eipides in his short welcoming speech, addressing the Forum’s participants. The Festival gives great emp...

52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Lineup

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Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 4 - 13 NOVEMBER, 2011 FILM LIST OPENING FILM – November 4th, 2011 - The Descendants by Alexander Payne, 2011, USA CLOSING FILM - November 12th, 2011 - Martha Marcy May Marlene by Sean Durkin, USA, 2011  INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION  • ALOIS NEBEL, Tomas LUNAK, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovak Republic, 2011, 84’ • BEHOLD THE LAMB, John MCILDUFF, United Kingdom, 2011, 83’ • BURROS/D...

Thessaloniki gearing up for 52nd edition,

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We will be covering the festival with dailies...stay tuned       52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will run  November 4 - 13, 2011 With less than a week to go before the start of the event, we have the pleasure to contact you with the latest news from this year's 52ND Thessaloniki International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday, November 4th.   A complete list of this year's line-up can be found at the end of this pres...

Taking Bulgarian Cinema on the Road: An Interview With Director Konstantin Bojanov

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Walking around New York, London or Paris, if you offered someone 100 dollars, pounds or euros to name just one Bulgarian film or director, you'd likely still have the money in your pocket after an hour of trying. Of course, this fact has nothing to do with a lack of productivity or talent in contemporary Bulgarian cinema.And with “Avé”, the feature film debut by director Konstantin Bojanov, Bulgarian cinema's profile is likely to be raised higher, as audiences discover a deeply personal and...

Fellowships available for research into South East European (SEE) countries

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Occasionally funding opportunities come by my desk which I like to post, in case anyone out there can take advantage of them. Here’s one.   The American Council of Learned Societies has launched a competition for fellowships for the academic year 2012. These are intended to fund research related to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Ro...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL): A Spotlight on Turkey

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  The non-competitive festival ENFF features a unique program of rarities from East- and South East Europe - countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Recent films are presented alongside with classics that are hardly known outside of their country of production. Today the festival announces the first titles of the upcoming edition.   A major aim of ENFF is to connect local audiences with mentalities from people and places that are closer to us than we think....

27th Warsaw Film Festival programme announced

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Today at the press conference held at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel the programme of the 27th Warsaw Film Festival was announced. The festival will run for ten days – October 7-16, 2011, on nine screens at two locations in the heart of Warsaw: Multikino Zlote Tarasy and Kinoteka.The Opening Film will be Page Eight by David Hare. The Director and Bill Nighy are expected to attend. The Closing Film will be A Dangerous Method by David Cronenberg. Other programme highlights will include The Battle of ...

Nu Image Names Roy Matalon New President of International Sales & Distribution

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  Roy Matalon has been named President of International Sales & Distribution for Nu Image, Inc. it was announced today (8/18) by principals Danny Dimbort, Avi Lerner and Trevor Short. Matalon joins Nu Image after 14 years at New Regency Productions as Senior Vice President of Distribution of domestic and international theatrical, home entertainment and television; overseeing sales, licensing, and, marketing. Prior to New Regency, Matalon served as Managing Director of Theatrical...

VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL

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VIDEOHOLICA 2011 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO ART FESTIVAL EDITION 4 05 - 12 AUGUST 2011, VARNA, BULGARIA For the fourth consecutive year, the International Video Art Festival VIDEOHOLICA will be held in Varna from 5th to 12th August 2011. This year’s program of VIDEOHOLICA brings an abundance of video screenings, presentations and exhibitions presenting video art on a global scale. The main program of VIDEOHOLICA 2011, curated by Pavlina Mladenova and Neno Belchev, will be a seri...

IN THE PALACE Film Festival, June 18-25, 2011

Check out a short video recap from the In The Palace film festival ÉCU attended held in Balchik, Bulgaria from June 18-25 this year! Découvrez une courte vidéo récapitulative du festival de cinéma In The Palace auquel ÉCU a assisté, qui a eu lieu à Balchik, en Bulgarie du 18 au 25 juin 2011 !

July Intern Buzz

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Français Italian Spanish Alessia and Alexander are two interns working at ÉCU from abroad. Alessia is Italian, and Alexander is Colombian working in Bulgaria. We are a truly international festival and you can see how this is reflected in our hard working international interns! We asked them to interview each other for out July Intern Buzz article, here are their responses: Alessia interviews Alexander 1. You are interested in developing independent project...

New Festival Partner ‘Early Bird’

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Français Meet ÉCU’s new festival partner ‘Early Bird’, a European student film festival. We are delighted to announce that they are now open for submissions. For more details please see below: “EARLY BIRD” EUROPEAN STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS (NOVEMBER 2011, SOFIA, BULGARIA) The American Foundation for Bulgaria has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the selection for the program of the 7th Students’ Film Festival EARLY BI...

July Newsletter Update 2011

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Français German Italian Spanish Hello ÉCU-ers and ÉCU-ettes! The month of July brings many things to Paris. Hordes of anglo-tourists, the Paris-Plages, a sweltering sun that never fails to remind us of the Frenchman’s aversion to A/C. With this onslaught of nuisances, many Parisians take this time to escape the hell of urban summers for a more pleasant environment. Scott, the wise man that he is, took a cue from the Parisians and fled the city for a balmier optio...

FILM FORUM ZADAR: NEW STIMULI FOR EUROPE

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Author: Jan Wilms Saturday, 2. July 2011 09:00 For the second time, the Film Forum Zadar will take place in Croatia in August. Its exceptional position in Europe has meanwhile been recognised by the film industry. Founder and director is the Oberhausen-based film maker Sergej Stanojkovski. An Interview. 2010LAB.tv: You founded the Film Form Zadar in 2010 and in 2011, it was already part of the "Producers Network" within the framework of the "Marche du Film" ...

RED, WHITE AND BLUE in Fantastic Zagreb!

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At Zagreb's newest festival, the late night outdoor film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the American thriller film RED, WHITE AND BLUE (2010) screened on the night of July 3, 2011 just in time to celebrate America's 'red, white and blue' day July 4th! Crowds gathered for a night of terror and fantasy under the stars in Zagreb, Croatia to share this unique cinematic experience. What a way to usher in America's birthday! The internationally acclaimed and festival winning Red White an...

Lavan Director Interview

Check out a recent interview with Guilhad Emilio Schenker, director of ÉCU 2011 winner of Best Cinematography film “Lavan” at the IN THE PALACE film festival located in Balchik, Bulgaria that took place June 18-25, 2011.   Découvrez cet interview récent avec Guilhad Emilio Schenker, réalisateur du film gagnant du prix “Meilleure Cinématographie” ÉCU 2011 au film festival IN THE PALACE qui a eu ...

RED, WHITE AND BLUE in Fantastic Zagreb!

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At Zagreb's newest festival, the late night outdoor film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the American thriller film RED, WHITE AND BLUE (2010) screened on the night of July 3, 2011 just in time to celebrate America's 'red, white and blue' day July 4th! Crowds gathered for a night of terror and fantasy under the stars in Zagreb, Croatia to share this unique cinematic experience. What a way to usher in America's birthday!  The internationally acclaimed and festival winning Red White and B...

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS 2011

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Silver Princess Statuette (replica of the original "The Palace" statue of Ilijana, daughter of the Romanian Queen Mary of Edingburg) The voices of this year's directors show more clearly than ever that people from all nations are bonded by the same love, loss and laughter. Whether from Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand or the Middle East we are one in our needs and emotions. Perhaps in the 21st century the hand written note has been replaced by th...

2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents

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Français Spanish By Alexander Acosta Osorio The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents. Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were judged by a panel of notable filmmakers, journalists, and industry...

ÉCU Attends 9th Annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival in Balchik, Bulgaria

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 ÉCU recently attended the 9th annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival which ran from June 18 to June 25 and took place in Balchik, Bulgaria to network, meet new talent and enjoy the black sea! Winners of the event can be found at this link: http://www.inthepalace.com/en/2011/news   ÉCU vient d’assister au 9è Film Festival “In The Palace” qui se passait à Baltchik en Bulgarie du 18 juin jusqu’au 25 juin pour tisser un réseau de relations, découvrir de nouveau tal...

THE SHOW GOES ON

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Director: Vladimir Shterianov.
Neshka Robeva was the coach of Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team in the 80s and 90s. She led the team to the top and won numerous gold medals at world championships and Olympic Games. Neshka and her athletes were national celebrities. After she was forced the leave the coach position she started putting on dance shows which became extremely successful in Bulgaria and toured in many countries abroad. The film tells the story of this talented and relentless woman who proves that success comes with passion and hard work.

Dragomir Sholev: “Bulgarian cinema is permanently in the condition of missed possibilities”

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Dragomir Sholev– Have you already seen any of the competitive films and what can you say about them? Thank you for that question. I feel great. I’m very careful not to catch the flu. – It is not your first participation in the competition programme of the Sofia International Film Festival – you have previously won awards for your short films. What has changed in the Festival since you won the Jameson Short Film Award for Before Life, After Death? I am very proud that ...

Bence Miklauzic: "The interest towards the others, co-habitation and solidarity are the main issues for the world today"

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Bence MiklauzicThe director of one of the films from the International Competition, Children of the Green Dragon, Bence Miklauzic, replied with a smile to the question that is asked to every guest of the festival, whether he has been to Bulgaria before, “It is my first time in Sofia, but my second time in Bulgaria. As a child, 20 years ago, I was also one of the tourists that came for their vacation to the Black Sea.” - Is the story of the unusual friendship between a Hungarian and a ...

Alvaro Brechner: I like films that surprise me

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Alvaro Brechner: Alvaro BrechnerAlvaro Brechner was born in Montevideo in 1976. 12 years ago he leaves Uruguay and moves to Madrid where he starts working as a director. He has directed a number of short and documentary films and in 2009 he makes his feature debit with Bad Day to go Fishing (selected in the competition programme of the 14th Sofia International Film Festival). In 2011 he is back in Bulgaria as a member of the international jury of the Sofia International Film Festiva...
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