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"The Squirrel and the Penguin" TRAILER

"The Squirrel and The Penguin" is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. This short film is a narrated tale following squirrels and penguins and features a showcase of brilliant animation. // "The Squirrel and The Penguin" fait partie de la sélection officielle d'ÉCU 2012. Ce court métrage est un conte suivant des écureuils et des pingouins, il est mis en valeur par une brillante animation. ...


The Game is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. The animated film features a board game filled with suspense and consequence, taking place in a deserted field between two individuals. But this is no ordinary board game. Check it out! "The Game" fait partie de la sélection officielle d'ÉCU 2012. Le film d'animation dispose d'un jeu de plateau rempli de suspense et de conséquence, prenant place dans un champ désert entre deux individus. Mais ce n'est pas jeu de sociét...

ÉCU 2012 "My Favourite Film..." Italian Edition

We gathered together some of the Italian interns here at the ÉCU office and let them choose their favourite films from the upcoming 2012 ÉCU Film Festival. Check out this video for a snapshot of the films they chose and be sure to stay tuned for more trailers! //Tous les stagiaires italiens se sont rassemblés ici au bureau ÉCU et ont choisi leurs films préférés à partir de la sélection de l'ÉCU Festival du film 2012. Regardez cette vidéo pour un aperçu des films qu'ils ont choisi e...

ÉCU's Partner - The Teens International Shorts Festival

The Teen International Shorts Festival February 8th – 11th The Teen International Shorts Festival has been more of a project towards a common idea than a contest. As the team is preparing for its 8th edition that will take place in Istanbul in a couple of days (8th February – 11th February), we find out at their very explanatory internet site ( that the founders of the festival is the organization of Turkish Benefactors Association (TYSD) that was established in 192...

Mary and Bill

"Mary and Bill" is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. A documentary following two elderly athletes, Mary, a 90 year old triathlete, and Bill, an 83 year old high jumper. Mary has just broken her leg while down hill skiing and Bill, who smoked for 45 years, is recovering from a heart attack. Through their amazing commitment, both Mary and Bill prove that age is just a number.  "Mary and Bill" est un  ...

Interview with ÉCU Alumni - Faramarz Beheshti

Meet Iranian – New-Zealander Faramarz Beheshti, winner of Best Non-European Independent Documentary at ÉCU 2011 for “Salam Rugby”. It is a story of women rugby players in Iran, which may sound like an anomaly, but as this documentary shows, Iranian women are more than ready to dive into the scrum if only the authorities would let them. Following the Islamic Revolution in 1979 competitive sports for women were actively discouraged and it wasn't until the social reforms of the 90s that wome...

Video Review of ÉCU's Special Screening at Café Coutume

ÉCU’s Special Film Screening at Cafe Coutume took place at 47 rue de Babylone, 75007, Paris on Tuesday, November 15 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm. ÉCU showcased 5 films from its 2011 festival Never Winter Invertebrate Urban Sounds Todor and Petru Le Miroir The event was a great success, with projections of some of our favorite 2011 films in a fantastic venue – the coming together of ÉCU and this great café was ...

Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia

Recently ÉCU has started a partnership with the Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia, an annual event – organized by the Province of Foggia, with support from the Regione Puglia and European Union, through co-financing from the European regional development- that this year has decided to open its contest to Europe. The festival shares the same goals of the European Independent Film Festival: to discover and to promote the best independent cinematography that defends the creativen...

ÉCU launchs new award on E-Inclusion

ÉCU Film Festival 2012 presents together with social innovation partner Holken Consultants its newest award “ÉCU E-Inclusion Film Award”. What is E-Inclusion ? E-Inclusion is a method in filmmaking that utilizes innovation to achieve a wider audience viewership, whether by use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) or by pure individual imagination. We are looking for films that use creative ways to make it possible for any one with any social, cultural, ...

The alternative birth of the Music Video

By Robert Barry In April 2005, less than a year before shooting their own debut film Electroma, the French electronic group Daft Punk directed themselves in a video for the song 'Robot Rock', from their third album, Human After All. The video finds Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in black leather and robot masks performing on a dark, neon-lit stage resembling somewhat the sets for the BBC's flagship pop music show Top of the Pops in the late eighties. Surrounding the stage, a p...

Naturaleza Muerta

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 The story of a soldier of the International Brigades fighting in Spain against Fascism (1936). A soldier is injured in battle and lies unconscious in an olive grove. Through innovative time lapse photography, a night-time and daytime film sequence of the stricken soldiers follows until finally he awakens to find himself totally isolated and his comrades have disappeared. His journey begins ...

ÉCU launchs #twitscript!

- GET INVOLVED HERE - On Monday 28th November ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival, Paris's premier showcase for independently financed shorts and features, will attempt to write - and produce - a short film entirely made up of contributions crowd sourced via the Twitter social network. With an opening scene setter provided by the festival, it is then up to their followers to provide all successive dialogue and actions, creating new scenes, introducing other characters, building up...

Interview with the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi

user Accademia Nazionale del Cinema: the tricks of the trade of an Oscar Prize and a King of dubbers. Last month ÉCU on the road, made a stop in Bologna, at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema, for a double screening! The Accademia hosts five courses attended by students from over 60 Italian cities. The original mission, namely to educate and prepare students in order for them to be able to understand, confront and successfully overcome th...

Minuto 200 Trailer

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU Une vieille femme qui vit seule se résigne à attendre la mort, persuadé que ça va venir frapper à sa porte dès qu'elle a vendu la dernière minute du temps d'antenne une téléphone portable. An old woman who lives alone resigns herself to waiting for death, convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has sold the last minute of a cellphone airtime.

Crowd-funding - a Case Study "Postcards from Paris"

Andrew Shermin shares his experience of making a film and using crowdfunding. This summer I shot a documentary about Paris that I produced myself, and am now trying to use crowd-funding to finish it. The concept was simple: a vision of Paris that was taken straight from reality, just a camera and a tripod on the street, offering a vision of the city that both confirms and subverts the fantasy of Paris that different media create. The images are like “moving postcards.” I was able to...

Leap Before You Look Trailer

Calling all Dads - Trailer time! "Leap before you look" is a new submission to ÉCU which looks at what makes people want to be a father...Make sure you take a look! Pour l'attention de tous les peres - c'est l'heure pour les bandes annonces! "Leap before you look" est une nouvelle soumission à l'ÉCU qui examine les raison qui motivent les hommes à devinir un papa... Regardez! Leap Before You ...


BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria – The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski", The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Early Bird Student Film Festival and In the Palace International Short Film Festival will share for three days at the American University in Bulgaria during the fisrt edition of AUBG Short Film Festival from the 24th to 26th of November. AUBG Short Film Fest will showcase 28 short films from more than 13 countries. The films, ...

The Hunt Teaser

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU A pair of young women run for their lives amongst the decay of a fallen civilization. However, the question beckons, exactly what are you willing to do to survive? Une paire de jeunes femmes courir pour leur vie au milieu de la désintégration d'une civilisation déchue. Cependant, la question fait signe, exactement ce que vous êtes prêts à faire pour survivre?

House (music video) trailer

NEW SUBMISSION TO ÉCU 2012 MUSIC VIDEO CATEGORY Music video for band Cool Fun... From the crevices of a decrepit house the disjointed bodies of elegant dolls come to life, watched over by a strange and sinister little girl. Les poupées élégante devenue à la vie dans les crevasses d'une maison décrépite, surveillé par une jeune fille étrange et sinistre jeunes.

Hardly Bear to Look at You trailer (new!)

New Revised trailer for Hardly Bear to Look at You

Watersprite Student Film Festival (based in Cambridge!) wants YOU to submit!

Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival - *Call for Entries*   For the third year running, Cambridge is hosting a vibrant student film festival, showcasing works from around the world alongside a diverse programme of free events. Already growing in leaps and bounds, Watersprite aims to recognise and reward emerging talent, inspire and educate young filmmakers and provide a meeting ground for students and industry professionals. In February 2012...

CINEDAYS Festival of European Film

This festival embarked in the period of 15 - 24 November 2002, on the initiative of the famous Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Viviane Redding, nowadays vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship and in the year of 2002, member of the European Commission, responsible for Education, Culture, Youth, Media and Sports. Since than, “CINEDAYS”, evolved in a festival that celebrates European film tradition, positioning Skopje, the main capital of Macedonia as the main anchorage for true cinema loving fans. In these past nine years, with every successive edition of the festival we tried to go beyond ourselves, however, at all times, having in mind the one thriving concept: presenting to the ever hungry audience with the finest and most rewarded European film achievements. The International European film Festival “CINEDAYS” became a major film happening which promotes European cultural values and traditions, putting the key emphasis on the European cinematographic heritage, development and nurturing of cinematic culture in general, and above all, offering to the film loving audience the chance to see the latest European film achievements directed by fresh and thriving. Worthy of mentioning is the fact that “CINEDAYS” is the only festival of any character established by the famous Spanish director, and also, the only festival of European film that happens in our country.

Each year, the main program of the festival is consisted of several segments: Competitive program, Gala program (or OFF Competition Program), Cine Balkan program, musical documentaries, Cinema for the Youngest, Short films program and numerous cinema related workshops.

Kadi Lokk's "Old-Spice" style Call for Submissions to ÉCU 2012

Our esteemed festival manager, Kadi Lokk, wants YOU to submit to ÉCU 2012! Once your done laughing, make sure you don't miss the EARLYBIRD dealine on November 20th!

ÉCU'S top tips for Indepedent Cardiff

Cardiff - a tiny city, but expanding and building in confidence every day. A city where if you want to do something, you can make it happen.   Nowhere typifies this more than Chapter Arts Centre. Want to try your hand at stand up comedy? Ask at the fortnightly amateur comedy show. Fancy playing obscure board games with strangers? Pop round on a Sunday afternoon. Always dreamt of seeing your work on the big screen? There’s a monthly showcase of local filmmaker...

November is the month of firsts here at ÉCU!

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...