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Live at Cannes

Hey ÉCU Film Festival fans! Our team is going to be attending the highly anticipated Cannes Film Festival from May 14th to May 21st keeping you all up to date via Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and even a few vlogs featuring:   Interviews Videos Photos Cool articles Hints & Tips   So stay tuned for more!   -------------------- Salut les fans ÉCU Film Fe...

Highlights from ÉCU 2011

Take a look at some great behind the scenes footage from ÉCU 2011 , featuring background music from a live performance by Ellis playing her song "How Would It Be." Vive ÉCU ! Jetez un oeil à quelques moments en coulisse du ÉCU 2011, mettant en vedette la musique d'ambiance d'une performance en direct par Ellis qui joue sa chanson "How Would It Be." Vive ÉCU !

Tips from ÉCU Filmmakers and Judges

During ÉCU 2011 we interviewed several filmmakers and judges. Meet Oscar Vega, Alan Arrivee, Gerard Delorme, Louisa Mayman and Elliot Grove and find out what does ÉCU mean to them, why is this festival different from others and get their tips for first time independent filmmakers getting started in the industry. Check out the video!

Scott on Georgian tv

Scott Hillier, President of ÉCU and Tornike Bziava, winner of "Best European Dramatic Short" at ÉCU 2011, were featured on Georgian main TV channel Rustavi2. Check it out! Scott Hillier, président d'ÉCU et Tornike Bziava, le gagnant du "meilleur court-métrage européen" à ÉCU 2011, ont été présenté sur la chaîne de télévision première de Géorgia, Rustavi2. Regardez!

Faces of the Festival 2011

"Faces of the Festival" from the ÉCU 2011 in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi Europe. For more interviews with filmmakers and behind the scenes vBlog go to

Winners of ÉCU 2011

Meet ÉCU 2011 Winners: Film of the Festival 2011: "27m2". Directors Gabrielle Cserhati and Fabien Lartigue. (Photo taken by G-Technology).

Stanley Pickle, Best Student Film at ÉCU 2011

  Multiple award winning Stanley Pickle stole the show on the opening night at the ECU. A student production, Vicky Mather impresses with her precocious ability to blend funny, touching and disturbing elements into a highly accomplished 11 minute piece. UPDATE 2011: Stanley Pickle WINS Best Student Film at the 2011 ECU Film Festival! The film centres upon the bizarre, colourful and mechanical world of Stanley Pickle and his family, almost suggesti...

ECU Ends With Awards Ceremony

ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premier event for independent cinema, announces the festival’s award winners. ÉCU 2011, in partnership with G-Technology, screened 77 films from 26 countries over the weekend of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011 at cinema Sept Parnassiens and the Cinema Action Christine in Paris.Twenty awards were given out at the ceremony. “The Best Director” 2011 was shared by Susanne Kellermann, Florian Hirschmann, Katja Benrath the directors of...

Final Draft Special Offer

Final Draft Software has a special money-saving deal for friends of the ÉCU Film Festival. Use the code ÉCU 2011 upon checkout at and purchase Final Draft for just $169. This is an $80 discount off the normal price. (This offer ends April 10, 2011.) Joe Mefford from Final Draft will be attending the ÉCU 2011 and demoing Final Draft to filmmakers, screenwriters, and students. If you’re a current Final Draft user or a brand new screenwriter, be sure to ...

ÉCU 2011 Trailer

ÉCU 2011 will showcase 77 films from 27 countries on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April in Paris, France. Take a look at the ÉCU 2011 Trailer and get a glimpse at what's in store for you at this year's festival! ÉCU 2011 diffusera 77 films de 27 pays différents les 1er, 2 et 3 avril à Paris. Jetez un oeil à la bande annonce et ayez un apercu de ce que nous avons en stock pour vous cette année!

Controlled Burn

"Controlled Burn" is an official selection of ÉCU 2011. When Olivia Browning's husband, Hugh, is ravaged by Alzheimer's Disease, she must make a decisive choice regarding his right to die... Check out the teaser! "Controlled Burn" est une selection officielle à ÉCU 2011. Lorsque le mari d'Olivia Browning, Hugh, est ravagé par la maladie d'Alzheimer, elle doit faire un choix décisif en ce qui ...

Meet the ÉCU 2011 Team

Wondering who the hard-working people at ÉCU are? Check out the short polaroid slide-show and find it out! Vous vous demandez qui sont les plus travailleurs à ÉCU? Regardez le vidéo et découvrez la réponse!

ECU's Scott Hillier announces the line up of films in competition

Exhausted. Mental images of hundreds of films spiraling through tired minds. Eyes a-sting. Tremendously excited about the event to come. First of all I have to say a big congratulations to the 78 filmmakers who have made their way into ÉCU’s 2011 ‘Official Selection’. It was a hard, hard process this year – we were inundated with amazing films – and for those filmmakers that didn’t get in – please keep on going, the world needs great story tellers. Thanks also goes to my selection...

Burn Paris Burn

"Burn Paris Burn" is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. Power and decadence of the old dark Paris! Highway to success and hordes of fanatics! Check it out! "Burn Paris Burn" est une nouvelle soumission à ÉCU 2011. Pouvoir et décadence dans le vieux et sombre Paris. Chemin vers le succès et foule de fanatiques! Regardez la bande annonce!


"Masterpiece" is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. A drama about the transformation of human beings, exploring the dark and painful faucet of our existence as a race and why we create. Check out the trailer! /// "Masterpiece" est une nouvelle soumission à ECU 2011. Une drame sur la transformation des êtres humains, en explorant le chemin sombre et douloureux de notre existence en tant que race e ...

Wondering about the ÉCU hand?

  You may have noticed that we sneakily changed our graphics for ÉCU 2011 and you may have asked yourself, “What the…?” Well let us explain.  The ÉCU Team realizes that making an independent film is a lonely venture and The ÉCU Hand symbolises the festival’s commitment to letting these talented story-tellers know that ‘You are not alone’ and that ÉCU stands as a beacon of support for aspiring filmmakers. To compliment the new graphics, ÉCU 2011...

Pink Subaru

"Pink Subaru" by Japanese filmmaker Kazuya Ogawa is a new submission to ÉCU 2011. Meet Elzober, widower and father of 2, who works in a restaurant and is finally able to fulfil his dream: to buy a brand new black Legacy. Check out the official trailer! ///

Submit to ÉCU 2011

Talented Filmmaker? Interested in joining an Indie film community? Dream of screening your film in the city where cinema was invented? Then the European Independent Film Festival is where you want to be! We are now accepting film submissions for our sixth edition which will take place in Paris the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011. At ÉCU, it is not about who you know or the latest fashionable theme, we are looking for brilliant original work across twelve categories: European: - Dramati...

ÉCU is now a IMBD Qualifying Festival!

ÉCU is now a IMBD Qualifying Festival!! That's fab news for us - but even GREATER news for all of our submitting directors because this means that you'll be granted a no-hassle title page on!! ...

Scott’s June Festival Update

With a lot of Europe preparing itself for a nice long summer break we seem to have stepped up a gear and had an incredibly busy month here at ÉCU this month – and the cool thing is that there appears to be no end in sight as we head down various roads and avenues at warp speed! Last week I was joined at the London Film Academy by Lousia Mayman (director of ÉCU 2010’s Best Student Film) for an ÉCU 2011 presentation and the screening of Lousisa’s film, The Highest Low. I...

ECU does Cannes

  So it seems that this year, destiny wanted to keep us (and your films) from getting to Cannes. Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland's unpronounceable volcano and its resulting  ash cloud, inclement weather, train strikes and general mayhem all round have conspired to make life difficult but nothing stops ÉCU from getting to Cannes! So it is with pleasure that I am able to announce that the European Independent Film Festival - Europe's foremost festival for independent filmmakers -will be at Cannes...

The European Independent Film Festival 2010 Official Selection

The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), in partnership with G-technology by Hitachi, is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2010 will showcase 67 films from 26 countries on the 12th, 13th and 14th March in Paris, France. EuropeanDramatic Short (24) Blocked (Norway) Boiler (UK)  Ca Roule (France)  Champagne Supernova (Spain) City Game (France) Committed (Iceland) Curtains (UK) Das Packet (Germany) Deux Minutes(France)...

ECU European Independenet Fest announces line up

Paris to host sixty–seven of the World’s best indie films 12 - 14 March PARIS, FRANCE (15 February, 2010) – The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the fifth edition of the festival. ÉCU 2010, in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will showcase sixty–seven films from twenty–seven countries ranging in genre from feature films, short films, documentaries, animatio...

Second venue confirmed for ÉCU 2010!

The ECU team is delighted to confirm that this year’s festival will be held in 2 new venues right in the heart of Paris. In addition to our main venue Cinéma le Grand Action, ECU 2010 will also be hosting events at the independent theatre Le Triomphe. Situated in the heart of the Latin Quarter, with its red velvet seats and curtained screen, entering into this gem of a venue is like stepping back to the golden age of French cinema. As well as film screenings, ECU’s professional film making ...