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LIVE-STREAMING ÉCU’S OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT

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Upset that you cannot attend the ÉCU? We have found a solution to your sorrow by bringing our premier LIVE to your home! No matter where you are, tomorrow evening at 8 PM ECU’s premier will be streaming live on our website. Make sure you tap into this event in person or online!! Pas content de ne pas pouvoir assister à ÉCU? Nous avons trouvé une solution à votre malheur en amenant la première chez vous en LIVE! Peu importe l’endroit où vous vivez, demain soir à 20h00 ...

INTERVIEW WITH ÉCU 2011 WINNERS, FABIEN AND GABRIELLA FROM 27M2

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As we count down to ÉCU 2012, we decided to sit down with the directors of last year’s Film of the Festival, 27m2, Gabriella Cserhati and Fabien Lartigue and discuss their experience with ÉCU, then and now, and their thoughts on independent filmmaking. What was it like participating in ÉCU 2011? Fabien: It was very cool. Was this your first festival? Gabriella: For this film it was the first festival, yeah. It was great, we didn’t believe it. Actually we were so su...

NIKOLA CHAPELLE WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Nikola Chapelle: The role of sound, from pre-production to post-production, is a vital aspect of filmmaking and Nikola Chapelle is here to help in a specifically designed workshop! It will focus on good quality sound mixing to boost the overall impression of a film and provide useful tips and suggestions. So do you dream of establishing a strong director and sound mixer relationship? If so, this workshop is not to be missed! Be sure to head to the Grand Salle at the Action Christine on Sunday ...

PABLO TOURRENC WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Pablo Tourrenc: Has the whole process of filming and the production required to lift a film off the ground ever seemed difficult and daunting? Well Pablo Tourrenc is an expert and is here to advise you all about “Hands on Production”! He will give a general overview of what is needed to make a film and the craftsmanship of production, working from the initial script to the completed film. With a host of international and famed clients for music videos, documentaries, TV shows as well as f...

CHARLES WEINSTEIN WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Charles Weinstein: Are you an actor in search of improving your craft? Or interested in entering the film industry and eager to get a head start in the industry? Charles Weinstein is providing a workshop for YOU! A film director from New York City and having worked with big names such as Laura Linney, Calista Flockhart and Michael Imperioli at Film Acting Paris (FAP), Weinstein is an expert on coaching aspiring actors in all areas, including castings, screen tests and television and film role...

SCREENING OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS AT ÉCU 2012- AVANCA AND JIFF

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This year ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has the pleasure of screening some of the best films from our partner festivals. These screenings will take place in special screening area dedicated specially for our partner festivals at Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris. Anyone who have purchased a weekend, VIP or Programmers Pass to the festival or is part of the ÉCU Memeber’s Club has a free entrance to these screenings. Avanca Film Festival ...

Live Music at ÉCU

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If you are a fan of Rock, Jazz, Folk, Americana, or Pop music – or even a mixture of all five – then you are in for a dance-inducing, awesome weekend with ÉCU. Brought to you by our partner, Access Film Music, six incredible and diverse musical acts from four countries have been confirmed to perform at this year’s festival. Bringing with them the coolest and most unique new tunes from their respective cities in a buffet of styles, these artists personify true creative innovati...

European Premieres at ÉCU 2012!

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ÉCU 2012 is hosting a huge number of films from all over the world and we are lucky enough to be the stage for several films making their European debut! So not only will cinemas full with ÉCU audience members be witnessing these talented works but it is just the beginning for these filmmakers and their films. The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival does not take this responsibility lightly and is hard at work making sure this festival is going to be the best one yet. With a range of a...

ANTOINE VAREILLE WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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  Antoine Vareille 7 Parnassiens Grand Salle April 1st 10:45 – 11:45 Are you interested in the general process of post production editing? Could you benefit from learning more about the work and skill required to make the most of this stage of filmmaking? Antoine Vareille is providing a workshop for exactly that! Using his vast experience from a number of films, including the position of editor-in-chief for the film ‘Fatal’, the TV documentary series ‘Intimate Portra...

World Premieres at ÉCU 2012

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ÉCU 2012 is going to be showcasing 101 films from 33 countries all over the world and for NINE of the films this is going to be their WORLD premiere. It is a privilege for us to be able to showcase their films for the first time and see them vie for over twenty awards, including the prestigious “Best European Independent Film 2012” title! It is so exciting to see the incredible films in contention and a real honour to be able to congratulate a talented filmmaker with this awar...

Tickets to ÉCU Film Festival 2012

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Less than 2 weeks until the ÉCU 2012 Film Festival! It's approaching fast so don't forget to buy your tickets. They're ON SALE now at http://ecu.festivalgenius.com/2012/films. // Moins de deux semaines jusqu'à ce que le Festival du Film! Il est approchant à grands pas alors n'oubliez pas d'acheter vos tickets pour ECU 2012, ils sont en vente maintenant à http://ecu.festivalgenius.com/2012/films. ...

Much More Than a Script Competition Finalists

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ÉCU is proud to announce the scripts that have been shortlisted for our “Much More Than A Script Competition 2012”. We have selected screenplays from two categories: feature film and short film. Congratulations to: Feature Film Scripts: Das Mädchen im Kokon – Katja Blaser & Wolfgang Weigl Sole – Allee Pitaccio Touch – Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan Gibran – Grace Shalhoub Yazbek Time of the Snikers – Maksymilian Nowicki Short Film Scripts: Caba...

ÉCU 2012 Launch Party!

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ÉCU's 2012 Launch Party at Le Scop Club was such a success we can't help but share the fun of the night! Here are a selection of photos that give a little insight into the party. And yes, it was just as fun as it looks! // La soirée de lancement ÉCU 2012 à Le Scop Club a été un grand succès que nous ne pouvons pas s'empêcher de partager le plaisir de la nuit! Voici une sélection de photos qui donnent un petit aperçu de la soirée. Et oui, c'était tout aussi amusant qu'il n'y paraît...

Labirent TRAILER

"Labirent" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. A massive explosion rips though a busy street in Istanbul, Turkey. 95 people are dead; 30 Americans and 5 British. The massacre sends shock waves from Turkey to London and Washington, DC. A new terrorist organization is behind the attack. The explosion is just the beginning. "Labirent" est un film de la séléction officielle ...

ÉCU's Media Partner: The New Current

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ÉCU's media partner, The New Current is a website that offers a fresh stream of student media and is currently running a series of interviews with the student filmmakers who have been shortlisted in the student category of the ÉCU 2012 Film Festival! This interview features the director of 'Goldfish Love', Elin Gronblom, so check it out and stay tuned for more interviews! // Le partenaire média d'ÉCU, The New Current est un site qui propose de divertissement multimédia de nouve...

Meet Tiwayo: ÉCU's 2012 Launch Party Musical Entertainment

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Meet TIWAYO! He is a fast-rising talent on the Paris music scene and he will be performing at our Launch Party TONIGHT! With a style mixing soul, rock, reggae and hip hop, he will be exciting entertainment for the Launch. As an independent artist he is the perfect fit to merge with ÉCU, an international forum that celebrates independent creative talent! // Rencontrez TIWAYO! Il est un jeune talent unique sur la scène musicale de Paris et il sera en spectacle à notre soirée de lancement CE SO...

ÉCU's iPhone app is now live

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ÉCU's iPhone app is now live. To get started, download the Festival Genius iPhone app here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/festival-genius/id474547590 and select ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival from the list. If you already have the Festival Genius app, tap "more" and then "change festival" to see the list of available fests. L'application ÉCU est maintenant disponible. Pour en profiter, téléchargez l'app Festival Genius pour iPhone ici: http://itu...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5) Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside -  Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children -  United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere -  United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25)  Useful - Belgium ...

Le Ballon Rouge

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Le Ballon Rouge, Albert Lamorisse, 1956 by Josie Ainscough Le Ballon Rouge is a short, beautifully made film shot in colour, which tells the story of a little boy who finds a bright red balloon tied to a lamppost. He unties it, and finds out that it has a mind of its own. The balloon follows him around, bobbling along behind him, on the bus to school, even getting him into trouble with his head teacher. A group of bullies, jealous of the boy and his friendly balloon, chase them thr...

Scott's Interview to EuroXpress

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“The difference in European independent cinema is that it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent” Interview: 29th of January, 2012 We interviewed Scott Hillier, a film and documentary director, producer, and President of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival . By Mariana Castaño (Paris) Scott Hillier is a “storyteller”. “Storyteller” is the word he uses himself, in a manner of English that he speaks at the speed of light. His eyes and hands move quickly an...

ÉCU 2012 MAIN VENUE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS

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Les 7 Parnassiens (www.parnassiens.com) is one of many cinemas in Montparnasse, yet it is one of the most authentic and distinctive cinemas of them all. It offers the advantage of completely original programming, offering rare films not to be found anywhere else in the area. Les 7 Parnassiens can proudly boast a tradition of offering unknown works and independent films from all over the world to the general public. The cinema on Boulevard du Montparnasse was the first in the area to sh...

The ÉCU Office - Episode 3 - All the Misses in the office

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All the Misses in the office/ Miss who?/ Who is Miss Denmark? The ÉCU office is a cultural mix of people who run in and out every day. That is why names of ÉCU interns can be difficult to remember sometimes. Here is Marie's aka Miss Denmark story. ...

THéâTRe CaCHé

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by Eleanor Stanford The French theatre troop THéâTRe CaCHé (‘Hidden Theatre’) certainly lives up to its name, performing in loaned apartments around Paris. One Friday night I was their sole audience member, in an interactive performance designed to show how “life is a journey and a journey can veer off course.” Instead of being issued a ticket, I was told to meet a stranger at a Metro stop. He gave me his glasses and a false name and a picture of a girl. Having found the...

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