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New Festival Partnership: CinemadaMare Film Festival

Italian ÉCU is proud to announce our latest festival partner CinemadaMare, based out of Rome, Italy. Below are some facts and figures about the festival! The “CinemadaMare” film festival was started in 2003, but eight years of exciting work have earned it a number of distinctions. 1. “CinemadaMare” is the biggest gathering of young filmmakers coming from all over the world. Last year the festival hosted 100 attendees hailing from 47 countries. 2. 162 films h...

To Honor Asphodels

“To Honor Asphodels” is an official selection of ÉCU 2012, directed by Yana Alliata. Arnaud, the thief, wanders inadvertently onto an estate that curiously echoes the Greek underworld. Before he recognizes the precariousness of his circumstance, the gate closes behind him, imprisoning him with characters whose suffering will force him to unearth his forgotten humanity. Is Arnaud's soul trapped for eternity? Or ...

ÉCU Attends 9th Annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival in Balchik, Bulgaria

 ÉCU recently attended the 9th annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival which ran from June 18 to June 25 and took place in Balchik, Bulgaria to network, meet new talent and enjoy the black sea! Winners of the event can be found at this link:   ÉCU vient d’assister au 9è Film Festival “In The Palace” qui se passait à Baltchik en Bulgarie du 18 juin jusqu’au 25 juin pour tisser un réseau de relations, découvrir de nouveau tal...

ÉCU Film Festival Summer 2011 - Who Are We

Who are we here at ÉCU? Here's the team for this summer 2011! Qui compose l'équipe d'ÉCU ? Voilà nos membres pour cet été 2011 !


“METACHAOS”, competing in the experimental film category, is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. When two dichotomous and diametrically opposed realities meet and mix, we enter into the Metachaos... “METACHAOS,” en compétition dans la catégorie des films expérimentaux, est une sélection officielle d’ÉCU 2012. Lorsque deux mondes dichotomiques et diamétralement opposés se rencontrent et se mêlent, o ...

New G-Tech Europe Facebook Page

New G-Tech Europe Facebook Page Check out the new G-Technology by Hitachi Europe Facebook Page (click the screen shot below), and get the details on their 2011 Driven Creativity Competition ! Don’t forget to ‘Like’ it ! Jetez un œil à la nouvelle Page Facebook de G-Tech Europe (cliquez la capture d’écran au-dessous) et découvrez tout les détails à propos de leur compétition ‘Driven Creativity’ 2011. N’oubliez pas de cliquer sur ‘J’ai...

New And For Sale - "Candid"

Here is a short preview to New And For Sale's music video "Candid" by filmmaker Andreas Janzen is a new ÉCU 2012 submission. Deep down in his lonely mansion, Cody Runner feels haunted by the beast in himself. In a city, where planes fly deep and lightning strikes in dangerous heights, he seeks help in his employer's room of super-secret double danger - activating the underground mills of the shady Gravity ...

Terms of Employment

“Terms of Employment” by filmmaker Glynn Turner is a new ÉCU 2012 submission. A young woman gets stuck in an elevator with a man who's lost his mind because of how his boss has mistreated him. The man has decided to go in and take care of his boss 'his own way' today and then end his own life. The woman goes from being terrified to talking him out of what he's about to do, and finally saving his life.   ...

June Newsletter

Français Spanish Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry, the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly update. As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks after the screening. Missed the ...

The Rhythm of My LIfe

“The Rhythm of My Life” by filmmakers Franck Onouviet and Marc A. Tchicot is a new submission to ÉCU 2012. “The Rhythm of My Life” follows in an unconventional way the journey of 'ISH', a former Miami based rapper, who traveled to Africa to visit his family. Little did he know that Libreville, Gabon would be the place where the project of his dreams would fall in his lap. Check out the trailer!  

“Dirty Old Town” To Be Released Theatrically

    “Dirty Old Town,” a gonzo hit showing the darker side of Manhattan, will be released theatrically in Germany and Switzerland! On Thursday June 16th, “Dirty Old Town” will premiere at the Kult Kino in Basel, Switzerland. On Monday June 20th, it will then premiere at the legendary Kino Babylon in Berlin with other engagements to follow. More details below: —————– German Premiere ————————— DIRTY OLD TOWN Germa...

Cinema and Paris: A Love Story

Cinema and Paris: A Love Story From Paris Blues to Midnight in Paris, not forgetting Last Tango in Paris… So many cinematic masterpieces were born on the streets of the capital! In the background or as a central subject, Paris has always attracted and fascinated filmmakers from all over the world. Putting its movement, its sparkle, its darkness and its beauty at the disposal of artists who come to immortalise it on a reel. The city of light shows its fidelity to th...

ÉCU Film Festival Presents: Exclusive Film School Offer

    Bonjour ! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! ÉCU Film Festival is now presenting an exclusive offer to all film schools to encourage students to participate in our festival! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 7th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers an...

ÉCU Launch Party 2011

If you think our festivals are all work and no play, you're wrong! Our launch party this year was awesome! Here's a short clip that proves it. Si vous pensez que nos festivals se résume à beaucoup de travail et peu de loisirs, vous avez tort ! Notre réception cette année était extra ! Voici un extrait qui le prouve.

ÉCU Launch Party 2011

If you think our festivals are all work and no play, you’re wrong! Our launch party this year was awesome! Here’s a short clip that proves it. Si vous pensez que nos festivals se résume à beaucoup de travail et peu de loisirs, vous avez tort ! Notre réception cette année était extra ! Voici un extrait qui le prouve. ...

Dirty Old Town Interview

Dirty Old Town Watch ÉCU's interview with the filmmakers behind Dirty Old Town, a gonzo hit showing the darker side of Manhattan. Regardez l'entretien d'ÉCU avec les realisateurs de Dirty Old Town, un film Gonzo qui se traite du côté sinistre de Manhattan. A Shared Palme D'Or

Indie Film “27m2” Wins Big at L.A. Movie Awards

Take a look at all the amazing awards "27m2," winner of ‘Europe's Best Independent Film’ at ÉCU 2011, won at the Los Angeles Movie Awards! Well done! Jetez un œil à tous les incroyables prix que "27m2," lauréat de 'Europe's Best Independent Film' de ÉCU 2011, a remporté à la cérémonie Los Angeles Movie Awards ! Bien joué ! ...

End of Cannes Film Festival 2011

Now that the Cannes Film Festival has come to the end of its 12 day run, we can say that 2011 was full of change and excitement! Lots of fun, but definitely lots of work and preparation as well! The Closing Ceremony dished out all the glamour that we have come to expect from the Cannes Film festival, and DeNiro was more than willing to play the part as this year’s Jury President, distributing the coveted trophies to the winning directors and stars of the evening. Despit...

Leith Short Film Festival

Leith Short Film Festival - June 2011


The sixth Leith short film festival is running again this year as part of the Leith Festival 2011.  Once again, the event will feature short films made by Scottish, UK & International short film-makers and entries are requested via our website:

The event is scheduled for the first week in June during the Leith Festival.

Films of all genres and budgets will be considered. Please note the following points:


  • Fees £10 for films under 25 minutes
  • The deadline for film submissions is May 16th 2011, and details of the film program will be posted on our website shortly after this date.
  • Please don't submit your only copy! Discs cannot be returned!
  • Entrants may submit more than one film.
  • All successful entrants will be informed in May.
  • For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:

Introduction to Avid editing


In addition, we are also running a workshop for budding film editors taking you through the basics of editing with Avid

£10 per person, session will last approx. 3 hours

For application guidelines and entry form, please see the website:


Our Paris Series Part II: La Nouvelle Vague

By Sophie Nellis   Belmondo and Seberg    The French New Wave – known as la nouvelle vague– was a celebration of youth, Paris and, above all, cinema. Many people don’t know that the term nouvelle vague was first used in 1957 to describe the new generation of French youth, emancipated 18 to 30 year olds who were free-thinking and keen to throw off the legacy of the Second World War. It was only following the success of François Truffaut’s Les...

European Union Film Festival in China

The second Annual Film Festival of the European Union (EU) will be held in China from November 5 to December 4, 2009 respectively in Beijing and Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province (southwest). The festival, supported by the Swedish Presidency, invites the 27 countries member of the EU to present a recent, popular and successful film. The films which will be presented include "Mozart in China" from Austria, "Wonderful" from Belgium and "Fighte...

2nd Annual European Union Film Festival in China

Following the great success of the first Annual EU Film Festival in China, held in Beijing in December 2008, we are pleased to announce that the 2nd Annual EU Film Festival in China will take place from November 5th to December 4th, 2009. This year the film festival is expanding and will take place in two cities: Beijing and Chengdu. The Ambassador of Sweden Mikael Lindström and EU Ambassador Serge Abou will hold a press conference to launch the festival in Beijing: Time: Wednesday 14th...

European Union Film Festival in China

Annual EU Film Festival in China since 2008. This year the film festival is expanding and will take place in three cities: Beijing, Chengdu and Xi'an.

Brussels European Film Festival

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Osaka European Film Festival