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Pandemos - New Submission to ÉCU 2013

Pandemos is a new submission to ÉCU 2013 in the category European Experimental Film. A girl thinks she's like Aphrodite and that with her beauty she can cure the damned.

Interview with Sebastián Mantilla, winner and Jury member at ÉCU

By Alejandro Contreras Culturamas With his first short film Diva (2004), about the life of a homosexual Muslim trying to survive in Barcelona, Mantilla won himself the attention of the Cannes Film Festival, which selected his work to be displayed in the week of criticism, and also at the Sundance festival. After a couple of short films he directed his first feature, Next to Babylon (2008) for which he was awarded with the award for best director of ...

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'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...

An Interview with THE MINISTERS Filmmaker Franc. Reyes

Franc. Reyes is a songwriter, choreographer, dancer, scriptwriter, and film director. His songs have charted on the Billboard Magazine’s Top 40 list and in films. In 2002, Universal Pictures released director Reyes first major film “EMPIRE,” and his second feature film "ILLEGAL TENDER," in 2007. Reyes latest film "THE MINISTERS," is set to premiere in New York, Friday, October 16, 2009. I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Franc Reyes in New York, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009. T...

ECU Fest Director update

The tape machine is chewing on the digibeta cassette like a cudding cow. An exploding projector bulb screams like an incoming artillery shell. The fire alarm is triggered and water cascades into the cinema. 350 soaked people stream out into the cold.The bedside alarm goes off and I open an eye. Hmm. 3.10am. Nice. How I hate these reoccurring dreams only days before the festival ;) Apart from the vertigo-inducing nightmares that play out in my head during a couple of hours sleep I’m ridiculousl...

The Fog Of War In The Middle East

 Sunday, June 17-------At the risk of being a moth-eaten cliche, the term "fog of war" is now routinely used to describe a state where political, strategic and moral choices in areas of conflict become shaded by the exigencies of human response to violence and an abandonment of an ethical compass that determines policy and behavior. This "fog of war" has certainly descended on the chaos that is now unfolding in the Middle East, both in the five-year conflicts in Afghanistan...

Cambridge Fest showcases best of Iraqi film

BEST OF BAGHDAD – THE RESURRECTION OF IRAQI CINEMAat the 26th CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL (6th–16th July 2006, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse) Cinema has had a chequered history – from all-singing all-dancing melodramas of the 40s to lavish vanity projects funded by Saddam Hussein in the 80s to total extinction during the Gulf Wars. Now amidst the tensions of the occupation the resuscitation of Iraqi Cinema has gradually begun, heralding a new phase in the slo...

29th Portland International Film Festival Opens February 10, 1006

Oregon's biggest film celebration, this year's 29th Portland International Film Festival premieres outstanding world cinema from over three-dozen countries to diverse audiences who descend on the Northwest Film Center from throughout the region.The Festival opens Friday, February 10, with an Opening Night Party and the first of 150+ screenings-16 days of world travel featuring new works by cinema masters and debuting directors. As always, a varied selection of Best Foreign Film Oscar submissions...

Selling Democracy - Welcome Mr. Marshall

The programme series Selling Democracy - Welcome Mr. Marshall will be opened on Sunday, 8 February at 10:30 am by the curators Sandra Schulberg and Dr. Rainer Rother in CinemaxX 6. There will be a Q&A session about the series following the opening speeches.The following short films will be screened:Ich und Mr. Marshall, 13 min.The Shoemaker and the Hatter, John Halas, 16 min. The Story of Koula, 21 min.Nicht stören - Funktionärsversammlung, Hans Herbst, 16 min.Village without Waters, David Kur...