Stories are created every day, imagined or real, and the world is in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality.
Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on being one of Europe’s essential events for independent films. This stems from the festiva...
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
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
He began his career working for
CBS news as one of the resea...
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" 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 ...
This week we’re spotlighting Lena Dunham, a New York filmmaker who has made her debut into mainstream cinema with her indie comedy “Tiny Furniture”.
(Image of Lena Dunham in the TV series “Girls”)
Lena Dunham seems to be the girl that everyone is talking about at the minute. She has recently released the critically acclaimed series “Girls”, which has hit the roof in popularity and gained fans worldwide. The show is about a group of twenty-something year old girls wh...
For short films completed in 2011 (after June 1, 2011): October 15, 2012
For short films completed in 2012 (after January 1, 2012): December 20, 2012
Submissions must be postmarked by the applicable deadline based on the production year of your film, and late submissions will not be considered and screener DVDs cannot be returned under any circumstances.
International / Asia International Competition
1. Japan Premieres Only:
Your film MUST NOT have been screened in Japan on any media and oc...
CALL FOR ENTRIES- The Dreamland International Film Festival is open for submissions and we invite filmmakers to submit projects in these categories-Narrative feature/narrative short, doc feature/doc short, Music (inc video), Irish, high school and college filmmaker-all genres, please see website for details and instructions http://dreamlandfilmfest.org/
This is the second annual Dreamland festival in New Haven Ct and we are reaching out to everyone to come and share your amazing, div...
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Reservation 2012 3 minutes English Subtitles
Thousands of people from all over the country gathered in the centre of Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on the Red Square.
But most of them had managed to see very little of celebrations: the entire city center cordoned off by police, preventing the ingress of pe ...
Director: Maria Tsvetkova, Ekaterina Melnik.
Reservation = Thousands of people from all over the country gathered in the centre of Moscow to attend the celebrations of the 66th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War on the Red Square.
But most of them had managed to see very little of celebrations: the entire city center cordoned off by police, preventing the ingress of people to the Red Square.
While the military parade was marching across the Red Square, low-key Russians with no special permits wandered from one barrier to another hoping to catch at least some part of celebrations
The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival - MUFF, is happy to announce it's partnership with The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) who will host and sponsor the 5th annual festival at St. Anthony Main Theater on August 17-19th.
With less then two week until the call for entry submission deadline of June 16th and late deadline of June 30th, the filmmaking community has a limited time to submit their short or feature film to MUFF. Each award category will have a selected prize fr...
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!
The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been well on its way, already being five days since the excitement and buzz of the opening day have passed. This leaves the contest wide open for anyone to bring home the big prize, and at ÉCU, we know it’s going to be one hell of a competition! Stay tuned for the rest of the Festival, there are still many incredible films yet presented, filled with much cinematic talent from all over the world!
The official line-up of the main category, ‘In Competi...
Stunt Kitty Films has made their latest comedy short film, "UFO Over NoHo", available for viewing online at http://stuntkittyfilms.com/video/ufo-over-noho. The video features performances by both the North Hollywood-based studio's creative team of Rob Robinson and Debora Roventini as well as SKF regular contributer, William Bertrand.
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,...
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.
Niagara's national, juried, short film and video festival. Past jurors have included: Geoff Pevere, Dr. Barry Grant, Kevin McMahon, Cal Coons, Cameron Porteous, Jackie Burroughs, Paul Lee and others.
Director: Adolf El Assal.
Steven, a student in a specialised class in Luxembourg, figures out that his school has won a trip to Alcabideche in Portugal. He is more than happy because it's the first time he'll visit his homeland. Once on location, he decides to enjoy his vacation on his own with his two friends.
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2012 hosted its 7th edition, March 30th through April 1st where “M Farm” won Best European Documentary.
Rita Broka worked as a journalist for an evening news programme called “Panorama,” a 90′s patriotic talkshow in Latvia. Now she feels she has fully become a “film person.” This was especially felt after the National Film Centre in Latvia raised hope and mentioned they would honor several films produced by Broka.
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...
Due to screen on Friday, 4 May is 'Cinema Komunisto' (Mila Turajlic, 2010) a documentary exploring the history of Yugoslav cinema which won Best Use of Footage in an Arts Production at the archive footage industry's Focal Awards in 2011. Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, as well as never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito's private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. M...
THE LONDON ARCHIVE FILM FESTIVAL
3-5 MAY 2012
THE LONDON TRANSPORT MUSEUM CINEMA
THE PIAZZA, COVENT GARDEN, LONDON WC2E 7BB
The London Archive Film Festival aims to showcase international archive-based documentary and short productions, some of which never get a showing in the UK. Most films screened at the Festival will be accompanied by a question and answer session with the dir