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Tony Scott has died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles

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Tony Scott best known for Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop andEnemy of the State was found dead after jumping from California bridge. Rest in peace, our hearts go out to the Scott family. We have lost one of the greatest directors of our time. ...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: MEL STUART

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SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Mel Stuart   Mel Stuart This week the spotlight is on Mel Stuart, the documentarian and filmmaker who has recently died at the age 83. (Image of Mel Stuart) Mel Stuart was a celebrated figure in the television and film industry, most notably known for bringing the fantasy world of Roald Dahls’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the big screen. He began his career working for CBS news as one of the resea...

Die Rechnung / The Bill - Official Trailer

New submission to ÉCU 2013: Die Rechnung!! Developed in the context of a screenplay competition of the independent development and environmental organization Germanwatch e.V. regarding the topics of climate change and climate justice. Main issue of the The Bill is the relationship between the perpetrator of climate change (the industrial countries) and the main affected ones (the development countries).

Stage of Mind - Official Trailer

"Stage of Mind" is a new submission to ÉCU Film Festival 2013.  This is the story of a warm and lovely family, father,mother and the son. After the death of the lovely king of the country, the government searches for someone like the king to become the new king. They find the father of the family as the perfect match , So the family should move to the castle and this is the beginning of the divide bet ...

Me, The King and my Dad - A new submission to ÉCU 2013

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SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS MARKER- THE CONTROVERSIAL DIRECTOR

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This week the spotlight is on Chris Marker, a French avant-garde director known for his controversial documentaries, who has just died at the age of 91. He steered away from the conventional norms of Hollywood cinema and opted for an experimental approach to his filmmaking. He was the innovator of the essay film, a now accepted genre which unites documentary, narrative and personal reflection. (Image of Chris Marker) He was one the industry’s most mysterious filmmakers who wo...

HOW ARE YOU SPENDING YOUR LAST MONTH OF SUMMER? WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN AUGUST

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How Are You Spending Your Last Month of Summer? What To Do In Paris In August     August is vacation month in France, and although most Parisians are off visiting other beautiful places, some of us are still here. Whether Paris is your destination location, or you just decided to suck around for the month, try and profit from all the vacant seats in the metro and empty lines. Here are some great things to do for the month of August. have fun!   ...

Indie tips for Bastille Day

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The Champs-Elysees shakes with the pounding of hundreds of hooves as French soldiers march their horses past the Arc de Triomph. The strumming of guitars and pounding of drums flows through every street of Paris and the sky above the Eiffel Tower sparkles with red fireworks. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of Bastille prison and the paradigm shift in French society. Known as La Fête Nationale in France, the fourteenth of July is a symbol of the great revolution that forever changed g...

Line Up for the 24th Galway Film Fleadh announced

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Last week in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, the programme for Ireland’s premier film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, was unveiled. Among festival staff, industry professionals and film entusiasts, Festival Programmer Gar O’Brien said at the launch “This year is without doubt a banner year for Irish film…alongside the usual mix of the best in world cinema and documentaries”. The 24th edition of the festival, which takes place from 10-15th July, has a line-up that includes 1...

JULY IN PARIS: WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS MONTH?

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The usual hustle and bustle of Paris starts to slow in July as Parisians head off on les vacances. But that does not mean that Paris is left at a stand still – it’s quite the contrary in fact…   Event: Paris Fashion Week  (Mode à Paris) Details: For all you fashionistas out there -- this is an event you, surely, will not want to miss. Come check out the haute couture fall and winter 2012/2013 collections from all the famous and luxury brands, like Christi...

ÉCU interviews stars at "All Senses"

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The ÉCU team enjoyed a night of fantastic indie films and delicious sushi at the “All Senses” event at the Palais de Toyko on Friday night. Fashionistas and film enthusiasts alike flooded onto the patio to enjoy a drink (or two) and take in the stunning view of the Eiffel Tour. We shot an interview with Vicki Mather, recipient of the Best Student Film at ÉCU 2011 for “Stanley Pickle”, as she shared her upcoming plans, creative direction, and thoughts on developing technolo...

ÉCU's Partner IN THE PALACE Film Festival: A Short Film Festival with Royal Status

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IN THE PALACE Film Festival is the first and only festival of its kind in Bulgaria. Located in the quaint and romantic town of Balchik, the festival was first established in 2003.  The title of the festival originated from its venue, an architechural park, called "The Palace." "The Palace" was summer residence of the British princess and Romanian Queen, Marie of Edinburgh and constructed especially for her upon request. Initially beginning as a forum predominantly fo...

ÉCU 2013 Opening Up Submissions in Cannes

To all filmmakers, of every language and origin: The European Independent Film Festival 2013 is open for submission! A tous les réalisateurs, de toutes langues et origines: le Festival Européen des Films Indépendants 2013 est ouvert aux soumissions!

What will Nanni Moretti like?

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  What will Nanni Moretti like? This is the question everybody is asking. It seems like everyone knows how grumpy and bad-tempered this great Italian movie-maker is, and we are sure that his last decision will be a surprise. Nanni Moretti, the president of the Jury at 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, always confirms the rumors about his taste and character. Actually, he has already declared that he didn’t share at all, the enormous enthusiasm around “...

ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival

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The countdown has started, only five days to go until an event with one of the biggest media coverage in the world begins. The 2012 Cannes International Film Festival will commence May 16th, and conclude on May 27t. Our team from ÉCU will be there bringing our independent flavour, so be sure not to miss this prestigious annual event. The Cannes Film festival is an excellent opportunity for ÉCU to bring to light both our strong commitment towards quality cinema, our skilled filmmakers,...

ÉCU 2012 afterparty at Les Voûtes

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Check out our awesome afterparty video from this year's festival at Les Voûtes, Saint-Paul in Paris. Regardez l'incroyable video de l'afterparty de cette année aux Voûtes, Saint-Paul, Paris, France. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lQOjhFWrvE&feature=youtu.be  ...

ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

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For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

"Photo of the Festival" by Dominique Hilliard

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Congratulations to Dominique Hilliard, winner of ÉCU 2012 photo contest “Photo of the Festival”. Dominique will receive two VIP passes to ÉCU 2013 and membership in the ÉCU Club. There were some great photos and the ÉCU staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest."Photo of the Festival:" Winning submission of the "Photo of the Festival" for ECU 2012 by Dominique Hilliard ...

"Photo of the Festival" by Dominique Hilliard

Congratulations to Dominique Hilliard, winner of ÉCU 2012 photo contest “Photo of the Festival”. Dominique will receive two VIP passes to ÉCU 2013 and membership in the ÉCU Club. There were some great photos and the ÉCU staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest.

Interview with with ÉCU Official Selection film “Minute 200″ director, Frank Benitez

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Frank Benitez is young and talented filmmaker, who made it to ÉCU 2012 Official Selection with his film “Minute 200″. This interview was finished couple of weeks before the festival. By Alexander Acosta Osorio Q: Where does the inspiration for your short come from? A: Usually my inspiration comes from places I visit or just an image that sticks in my memory. In this case it was that of a house in my hometown, a dilapidated house that had a sign on the facade whic...

Scott at IFFS Paris

ÉCU's Festival President, Scott Hillier, talking at the annual industry conference for film festival professionals and entertainment executives- IFFS Paris.

Winners of ÉCU 2012

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Best European Independent Film 2012 – “Berlinoises”  by Rocco Labbé (France) Best Short Script – “The Chicken” by Una Gunjak (UK) Best Feature Script – “Sole” by Allee Pitaccio (USA) The European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking – “Drawing a Smile” by ICFF (Cyprus) Best Independent Experimental Film – “Achantè” by Emily McMehen (Canada) Best Student Film – “Callum” by Michael Van Der Put (UK) Best Non-European Ind...

ECU Film Festival - Day Three

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  It's about a quarter past four on the third day of the film festival and, due to a slight delay in scheduling, director Alan Arrivée is fielding questions about his film, The Man at the Door, from the audience members assembled outside the Action Christine cinema.  Ostensibly about the intrusion of an apparently threatening Mexican immigrant into the tightly locked home of a recently separated American woman, for Arrivée the film is a metaphor for relations between Mexico and ...

ECU Film Festival - Day Two

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It's about a quarter to one on the second day of the festival and Pablo Tourrenc has just revealed to a room full of school children that Kid Cudi is habitually four or five hours late to turn up on the set of his video shoots. This is a fact that they will keep with them and treasure, spreading it around the playground like a bad case of measles. Pablo's been taking us through the basics of budgeting, scheduling and on-set parking - with a helpful reminder to always be prepared fo...

ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE

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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE It’s nearly half past six on the evening of the first day of the seventh European Independent Film Festival. Strains of smoky jazz, a snaking baritone sax line, filters through from the trio set up in the festival foyer, making its way to the little marquee where, even now,  film-makers are assembling for the welcome glass of wine or vitamin water. Amongst the group festival president, Scott Hillier, will later refer to as a “crazed bunch ...

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