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"27m2" is the winner of ÉCU's 2011 "Film of the Festival" award. World Premiere - Robert Marron is the receptionist of the Eldorado Hotel, lost in his language theory. He want to become a translator for couples, convinced that everyone is a language and that he has the faculty to understand everyone. This film is an essay on lack of communication for people who think they need to be understood.

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...

Who Am I

Meet some of the filmmaking faces of ÉCU 2011 as they introduce their films and what is was that inspired them to make their way into the world of independent cinema. Rencontrez quelques uns des cinéastes d’ÉCU 2011 dans cette video, où ils introduisent leurs oeuvres et dévoilent ce qui les a inspirés de se lancer dans le monde du cinéma indépendant.

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!

On Independent European Cinema: An Exclusive Interview with ECU’s Scott Hillier

  Project CineMaas presents an exclusive interview with Paris-based Scott Hillier, an Academy Award winning Australian filmmaker who founded ECU The European Independent Film Festival. Read on as he clarifies a wide array of issues, from the film festival’s evolution and his definition of independent European cinema to the judging process and his visions for the future.   The sixth ECU The European Independent Film Festival took place this year in Paris, Fra...

Ellis "Right on Time"

The mark of a truly successful film festival is the creative connection between participants. I was at ECU to give a script-writing workshop, Ellis had come from Minneapolis for the music showcase. Impressed by her charisma, her wise smile, her poetry, I approached her after a set and proposed we make a video clip, an improvisation. It was an instant creative connection. This is the result.  La marque d’un bon fe ...

Interview with "Never Winter" Dir, Moe Charif

Though the 2011 ÉCU Independent Film Festival is over TNC has been lucky to continue to be able to bring you some pretty amazing interviews with some of this years participants. Moe Charif, director of Never Winter based on a true story, took the time out to talk with us about his film, and what he has planned for the future. Never Winter WON Best Actress for Chiara Thielmann You can check out their projects at How did you get into f...

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

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...

Winners of the European Independent Film Festival

We are delighted to announce this year’s winners at the prestigious ÉCU 2011 awards. The jury had a very tough decision choosing from the huge number of incredible films submitted to the festival, but after much debate the winners were announced at our awards ceremony this evening, marking the end of another great festival. Here is a list of the winners by category. Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer les gagnants des prix d’ÉCU 2011. Ca n’a pas été facile pour le jury de choi...

DAY TWO: 2nd of April updates

OPENING NIGHT UPDATESWhat an amazing start to the festival ! Filmmakers, VIPs, jury members and the ÉCU team all came together over a glass of wine to kick off the opening night and then we had a packed cinéma for the first 10 films. The audience réaction was overwhelmingly positive with gasps, sighs and spontaneous applause. We’re really excited to continue all through the weekend bringing the best of European independent cinéma to Paris.Ouverture du Festival ÉCUQuels débuts ébouriffan...

Filmmakers journey to ECU 2011 vol 1

Filmmakers are shooting their trips to Paris. Here is the first one! Check it out and let us know what you think.

ECU 2011: DAY ONE updates

GETTING READYÉCU team arrived to the the cinéma 7 Parnassiens bright and early to get ready for the opening night of ÉCU 2011. We will give you updates the whole weekend long, so stay tuned.Lèquipe d`ÉCU sont arrivé ce matin au cinéma 7 Parnassiens pour commencer la préparation pour la soirée d’ouverture d’ÉCU 2011. Nous allons vous donner des mis a jour pendant tout le weekend donc rester connecté.Check out the photo album at Flickr:

Meet Anouska Ravanshad

Welcome to ECU 2011. Meet Anouska Ravanshad- ECU hostess, who will be bringing you interviews with filmmakers the whole weekend long.

Scott's Pre-ECU-Festival Update

Fantastically stupefyingly busy. Sleep depravedand red-eyed. Tremendously excited. That’s the ÉCU 2011 team with only couple of days to go. At ÉCU 2011 we will be screening 77 films from 26 countries competing for 20 awards, with 8 World Premieres and 5 European Premieres. Sixty filmmakers are making their way to Paris to be on hand for their screenings and to participate in the meet-the-director sessions where they can interact with their films audience. I’m guessing they will als...

ÉCU launch party at La Scopitone: Intern Spy

To celebrate this year’s ÉCU film festival, a launch party was held at La Scopitone, Opera, where filmmakers, partners, and the french press could meet the ÉCU team and get a taste of what is to come in two weeks. An anonymous ÉCU team member (intern spy) documented the evening surreptitiously mingling in the crowd whilst all the while jotting down furtive notes on the events of the night. Here are some extracts: 6.30pm – Arrive at La Scopitone club and head down t...

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 After-Parties

Festival After Parties on the 1st and 2nd of April 2011 Where: Sitatunga night club - 28 Rue Vavin 75006 Paris – Metro Vavin (200m from cinema) When: 10pm – 2am on both Friday the 1st and Saturday the 2nd of April. What: Live music provided by Access Film Music. Come and mingle with musicians, film makers and festival goers. 1st of April entertainment: Andy Frasco – solo piano (California USA) Ellis – solo singer / songwriter (Minnesota USA) 2nd...

Animated Films at ÉCU 2011

We are happy to bring you 5 animated films, that made it to the official selection of ÉCU 2011. From Germany “Adveniat Regnum Meum” (dir Stefanie Katja Ernst) Screening: Saturday,2nd of April, Session 3 (PSG3) We are living in a world of victims and offenders. Male sexual desire and aggressive abuse contrast with beatitudes, delivered by a woman who appears in a red fog between several violent episodes. Eventually stepping out of the fog, the woman is included ...

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!

Rewarding the ÉCU community

We are delighted to be involved as Platinum sponsor of the ÉCU 2011 festival, helping to support the amazing determination and creativity of the European independent filmmaking community. As Platinum Sponsor of ÉCU, we will attend the festival to celebrate and support some of the world’s best independent filmmaking talent as well as rewarding the winners of the festival with some amazing new G-Technology Drives! The G-Technology vlog crew will film exciting behind-...

Le Miroir

"Le Miroir" is an official selection of ÉCU 2011. Extremely affected after a car accident, a famous actress is discharged from the hospital after having her final operation. Escaping the media pressure, she stays at a manor overlooking the ocean, a location that she hasn’t seen since her childhood. There, inundated in complete silence, strange happenings will force her to confront her deepest fears.

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 ...

European Premieres at ÉCU 2011

ÉCU is delighted to bring you several films that are celebrating their European Premieres with us.. Documentary “Out of the Darkness” (Dir. Stefano Levi) Most of the world’s blind people live in remote, impoverished areas and the majority of doctors able to cure them work in cities. Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Nepal, and his American partner, Dr. Geoff Tabin, have made perfecting a portable low cost surgery to restore sight their life‘s work. They trek to Nepal’s remo...


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