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ECU arrives in GEORGIA!

ECU has arrived in GEORGIA! We are all very happy to be here (in the sun!). Check out how excited we were to see out massive logo in the centre of Tbilisi! ECU est arrivé en Géorgie! Nous sommes tous très heureux d'être ici (au soleil!). Regardez notre excitation quand nous avons vu notre logo massive dans le centre de Tbilissi!

Rat Stories Trailer

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Borderland Trailer

Remember how it felt to be a teenager caught between childhood and being an adult? A new submission to ÉCU 2012 “Borderland” captures this feeling perfectly, and the cinematography is beautiful. Should this be crowded one of ÉCU 2012’s winners? Watch the trailer and decide for yourself…   Rappelez-vous le sentiment d'être un adolescent, entre l'enfance et l'âge adulte? Une nouvelle soumission d' ...

ÉCU poster in Tbilisi!

With ÉCU in Georgia now just days away, the final touches are being made in Tbilisi. Check out this big poster in the town centre of Tbilisi! (For full details of ÉCU in Georgia, go to http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/ecu-in-georgia/)   ÉCU en Géorgie commencera en seulement quelques jours, donc on fait les derniers préparatifs en ce moment. Regardez la grande affiche au centre ville de Tbiliss

1000 grams Trailer

1000 grams: A film about Flesh. Flesh in all of its meanings! A story of two tragically colliding Worlds. Poor and Rich! The film reflects an unadorned view on the current circumstances of our reality, while the audience is flying through society like a ghost. A judging mindset is up to you!   A new submission to ÉCU -- 1000 grams. A film about "flesh" and all its meanings, its up to you to decid ...

ÉCU in Romania!

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ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival is very excited to bring a selection of it’s award winning films from the past six years to Romania. The ÉCU Retrospective will be taking place between October 17th-22nd in Bucharest. ÉCU and Romania have a long history which began in 2006 with the director Catalin Leescu’s film being selected for the competition, and this was later followed by the film Tarantyno which won the award Best Actor at ÉCU 2010. The independent spirit in those fi...

Max Dear Boy Trailer

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September Newsletter Update

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Now that the ‘rentrée’ has officially begun and the whole of Paris is back at work, it is no surprise that ÉCU has been as busy as ever this month! As the days get shorter and the nights get longer and colder, it’s clear that the lazy summer is over and its time to start the build-up to our 2012 edition in earnest. The rain outside has given our judges a good opportunity to go through more and more of the fantastic films we are receiving from around the globe Away from the beginni...

The winners of the G-Technology Driven Creativity Competition 2011 have now been announced

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After a lot of deliberation (and strong coffee), the judges have now decided on their winners and runners-up in the filmmaking categories. This was no easy matter, with great entries in both the amateur and professional categories. You can see who they chose here – www.g-technology.eu/competition/winners2011. With galleries in Berlin, London and Paris you will get the chance to view all the shortlisted film entries, see selected photography entries and hear some of the best music entries. Th...

Mumm's Attack Trailer - New Submission to ÉCU 2012

Mumm’s Attack is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. One day with the L.STADT members in Vienna. Or is it just a bad dream? Find out!///Mumm’s Attack est une nouvelle soumission a ÉCU 2012. Un jour avec les membres STADT L. à Vienne. Ou est-ce juste un mauvais rêve? Découvrez !

New Partners in Greece!

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TWO NEW PARTNERS FROM THE ULYSSES NATIVE COUNTRY… ÉCU is pleased to present you its two new festival partners from Greece: The Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People and The European Meeting of Young People’s Audiovisual Creation – Camera Zizanio. The Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People was created in 1997 and is the only institution in Greece specialized in cinema for children and young people. The event is actively suppo...

ÉCU at OPEN cinema film festival in St. Petersburg

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http://www.festival-nachalo.ru/eng The last week of summer 2011 in St. Petersburg was marked by a very special event, a festival of short and animated films called "Open Cinema", which took place on 20th-28th August. More than 100 films from 30 countries were shown during more than thirty screenings in two cinemas and two open-air opening nights on the beach of the Peter and Paul Fortress - one of the most beautiful places in St. Petersburg and in the very heart of the city Tamara La...

Wonderful Day Trailer

New submission to ÉCU 2012 “A Wonderful Day”– The grandmother of an Israeli scientist tries to prevent him from going to Germany. - Check it out ! Une nouvelle soumission à l'ÉCU 2012 – “A Wonderful Day” – la grand-mère d’un scientifique israélienne s'efforce de l'empêcher d'aller à l'Allemagne. Regardez!

Bright Night Teaser

“Bright Night” is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. Nissan, an 11 year old girl, struggles alone with the loss of her father, while her mourning mother finds her ways to escape reality. Check it out ! « Bright night » est une nouvelle soumission à l'ÉCU 2012. Nissan, une jeune fille de 11 ans, lutte seule avec la perte de son père, tandis que sa mère en deuil trouve des façons d'échapper à la réalité. Reg ...

ÉCU's newest partner ALADOS-COLOMBIA presents the “13a Muestra Internacional Documental” (13th International Documentary Exhibit

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  ALADOS-COLOMBIA presents the “13a Muestra Internacional Documental” (13th International Documentary Exhibition) The Colombian Documentary Corporation, “Alados-Colombia” is pleased to invite all filmmakers, film professionals and moviegoers in general to attend the 13th International Documentary Exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia, 15th-19th November. This year, the 13th edition, will bring together documentary films from 4 different continents s...

How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

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By Jen Wallace With the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite movies in Paris. With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and independent cinema, here are 5 ways to watch movies around the city. (Note: Always carry ID and proof of address with you, as most libraries will ask to you to prov...

Superzebraman

Director: HORACI GARCIA, ORIOL FAURA Y JAVIER URTASUN.
SUPERZEBRAMAN, a documentary about how to make the first Spanish Nigerian production of the history without having a clue. The scene: Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry that produces the largest number of films in the world, over the powerful Hollywood and Bollywood industries. A concept of the cinema in which the movies are rolled in two weeks and for less than 20.000 dollars, accessibly a priori and which Javier Urtasun believed attainable. The thing is that this special look to the seventh art definitively is a world full of possibilities, or at least this was what Javier Urtasun thought.

Born in agreement to the requirements of script of the Nigerian industry, SUPERZEBRAMAN (The movie) counts the history of a man who changes the color of his skin thanks to the power of the zebras. An ambiguous starting point that constitutes the first step of a way riddled with anecdotes gathered in this delirious documentary.

Probably after seeing the documentary we will understand why this first Spanish Nigerian film was never done before: it is necessary to have testicles. Great ode to life and to the dreams that it we should never stop fulfilling, in SUPERZEBRAMAN (The Documentary) you realize that though the producer is drunk and the director does not appear, the important thing is to know that the perimeter is defended by a good number of AK47.

Independent Cinema vs. Blockbuster

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by Anne Marie “Independent cinema is cinema produced outside of big studios with a small to medium budget” – such is the definition of independent cinema. Contrary to many other definitions, independent cinema is defined not by what it is, but by its opposition to the cinema of big Hollywood machines. This is, in fact, how independent cinema was born. The birth of a new film label. It was in the United States, in the 50′s, that independent cinema fir...

Skepto International and Roma Independent Film Festivals

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Skepto International Film Festival 2012: Submissions opened! We are pleased to announce that the Skepto International Film Festival has opened submissions for its third edition! Skepto International Film Festival has a competitive nature and it is open to short movies with no limits as to their subject, style or production budget. It admits documentary and short films of all kinds, including musical videoclips, videoart, experimental short movies, spots, fake trailers, new media...

Music Video Critique: Handsome Furs - "What About Us"

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Français German Here at ÉCU we haven’t shied away from bringing you awesome music videos that also tread that very thin (and much discussed) line between art and erotica. After ‘Baby Baby Baby’ and ‘Bombay’, a video that pushed the boundaries even further caught our eye: The new Handsome Furs video for  ‘What About Us’, directed by Scott Coffey. Warning: Extremely NSFW. Seriously, unless you work in the porn industry, or your boss is a liberal...

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...

Festival de Cinema de Avanca 2011

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Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience turnout and its number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. This year, Avanca invited ÉCU Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to the festival to serve on its jury board! Renowned for serving as an international meeting grou...

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