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G-Tech FR Interview with ÉCU 2011 winners - Part 2

Check out part 2 of the interview (in French!) between G-Technology FR and filmmakers Gabriella Cserhati & Fabien Lartigue - winners of “Best Independent Film" at ÉCU 2011. Découvrez la partie 2 de l’interview (en français!) entre G-Tech France et les réalisateurs Gabriella Cserhati et Fabien Lartigue, vainqueurs du "Meilleur Film Indépendant" à ÉCU 2011.

July Newsletter Update 2011

Français German Italian Spanish Hello ÉCU-ers and ÉCU-ettes! The month of July brings many things to Paris. Hordes of anglo-tourists, the Paris-Plages, a sweltering sun that never fails to remind us of the Frenchman’s aversion to A/C. With this onslaught of nuisances, many Parisians take this time to escape the hell of urban summers for a more pleasant environment. Scott, the wise man that he is, took a cue from the Parisians and fled the city for a balmier optio...

ÉCU visits the 2011 Paris Cinéma Festival

Français From restored grand classic movies, to Pixar’s latest animated film, and not to mention a ‘Special Honor to Mexico’ showcase, there was something for everyone. The ÉCU team went to the festival to gather audience reactions. “So much action! Stimulation overload!”, “A high quality festival affordable for most people” and “10 days of REAL cinema” … were some of the reactions towards the Tuesday evening at the end of the MK2 Bibliothèque festiva...

Les Nuits en Or: UNESCO

Français By Will Sayre – Intern at ÉCU On Avenue de Suffren here in Paris, you’ll find The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an institute commonly known as “The UNESCO.” It hosts a wide array of cultural events, executive board meetings and conferences. Its motto: “Building peace in the minds of men and women.” On July 6, all was certainly peaceful as crowds of people filed into UNESCO’s grand theater for Les Nuits En Or, a presti...

Avanca Film Festival 2011

Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience attendance and number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world come to the small town of Avanca, Portugal, because the festival summons them to sh...

G-Technology France Interview with 27m2 Filmmakers

Check out an interview (in French!) between @G-tech France and filmmakers Gabriella Cserhati & Fabien Lartigue - winners of "Europe's Best Independent Film" at ÉCU 2011.   Découvrez une interview (en français !) entre G-Tech France et les réalisateurs Gabriella Cserhati et Fabien Lartigue, vainqueurs du " Meilleur Film Européen indépendant " à ÉCU 2011.

Live Chat: Young Women's Voices in Media

Monday, July 11, Project Voicescape hosted a live chat to discuss the future of the media industry from the perspective of young creative women. This conversation is the first in an ongoing series of live chats called “Leading the Conversation” that ITVS will present this year. Find out more! Article:   Lundi, 11 juillet, Project Voicescape a animé une discussion en direct pour parler de l’avenir de l’industrie média selon le point de vue...


“Mossadegh” is competing in the Student Film category for ÉCU 2012. Set in Iran in 1959, the film follows ex-Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh living under house arrest and suffering from a life-threatening condition. Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust a brilliant American physician that is sent to treat him.  

Long Time Coming

“Eldorado” directed by Syed Albar is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Dramatic Short category. Drowned in sorrow after the death of his wife, Morris (52) drifts back into his father's old barbershop one night, to reminisce. But his past comes charging back at him, and maybe this has all been a long time coming.  

Volunteering at ÉCU European Independent Film Festival

Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is an amazing opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the fantastic world of cinema while working with a cool international team in the heart of Paris. Our festival wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for the tireless effort of all the people who volunteer every year. If you want to find out what goes on behind the scenes and join us in making it happen, then we w...


“Melt” directed by Noemie Lafrance is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. Perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes that melt away, dancers progress in euphoria and exhaustion, melting until their souls escape their ephemeral bodies and disintegrate into light.  

New Category – European Youth Film

Français German Italian Spanish ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival announces the launch of a new category, “European Youth Film“, for it’s 2012 edition. ÉCU gives European youth the chance to submit their work to a supportive and engaging international community, providing them with exposure, helpful critiquing and the opportunity to participate in a real life film festival! Young filmmakers will be competing for the “The European Youth Exce...

Gael Garcia Bernal season at the MK2 Bibliothèque

Français Aye aye aye, swoon! Ladies (and gents), grab your smelling salts and prepare to be won over by ‘Gael Garcia Bernal’ season at the MK2 Bibliothèque, running from now until July 12th, 2011. Mexican’s finest (and let’s face it, most caliente) actor is presiding over a retrospective of Mexican cinema at the MK2 Bibliothèque, which features films in which he has acted, produced and directed, and a ‘carte blanche’ selection of his favorite example...

Only Sound Remains

“Only Sound Remains” directed by Tanha Sedast ke mimanad and Arash Ashtiani is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the European Dramatic short category. In the wake of the violent post-election protests in Iran, a family tries to hide the news of the death of their youngest member from their grandmother.  


“Sabeel” directed by Khalid Al-Mahmood is a new ÉCU 2012 submission competing in the Non-European Dramatic short category. A story of two young boys who are taking care of their sick grandmother. they spend their days growing and selling vegetables in order to buy medicine for their grandmother. Having the road as the main source of making a living, it is the road that will determine their destiny.  

Lavan Director Interview

Check out a recent interview with Guilhad Emilio Schenker, director of ÉCU 2011 winner of Best Cinematography film “Lavan” at the IN THE PALACE film festival located in Balchik, Bulgaria that took place June 18-25, 2011.   Découvrez cet interview récent avec Guilhad Emilio Schenker, réalisateur du film gagnant du prix “Meilleure Cinématographie” ÉCU 2011 au film festival IN THE PALACE qui a eu ...

Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

Français German Spanish By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which is the creative stranglehold suffered by the country at the hands of ...


"Vermin", directed by Adi Gelbart, is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. When three creatures mysteriously appear on earth, the authorities observe them and try to make sense of their peculiar actions. At first the creatures harmlessly wander the fields. Then they are seen collecting plant seeds for growing gigantic onions and lettuce. But when they start using the vegetables as components in their giant o ...

New Website Feature: “ÉCU on the Road”

Check out our website’s newest page “ÉCU on the Road” which will help keep you informed as we tour our films around Europe and beyond! A big thanks to all our amazing partners who make this possible! Jetez un œil à notre nouvelle page “ÉCU on the Road” qui vous permettra de rester au courant lors de nos projections en Europe et ailleurs ! Un grand merci à tous nos partenaires incroyables qui le rendent possible ...

2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents

Français Spanish By Alexander Acosta Osorio The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents. Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were judged by a panel of notable filmmakers, journalists, and industry...


“Legalize” is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. 'Legalize' presents the hard-hitting facts of the costs to the U.S. of its current marijuana laws and the huge benefits that can be reaped by ending this era's disastrous prohibition policy. It compares the current failed drug policies with the failed 1920's-era alcohol prohibition, and weaves facts and quotes from political leaders, medical experts and law enforc ...


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