12th Annual

The European Independent Film Festival

April 21, 2017 to April 23, 2017

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European Dramatic Feature
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. This category is open to all European feature films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission. 


Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

Previous winners include, 'Roseville' (Bulgaria), ‘The Enemy Within’ (Greece), ‘Girl Shaped Love Drug’ (UK), ‘Women and Children’ (UK), ‘The Happy Housewife’ (Netherlands); many past entrants have gone on to secure distribution deals.

“ÉCU was a great pleasure for me, not just for the Award but for the whole ambiance of dedication to film-making! I congratulate you all for this and i give you my personal Award of Excellence.“
- Yorgos Tsemberopoulos, “The Enemy Within “, winner of ÉCU 2014
European Dramatic Short
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European short films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission. 



Previous winners in this category include 'The Anklet' (France), ‘Blind Squad’ (Romania) ‘82’ (UK), ‘Das Paket’ (Germany), ‘April Chill’ (Georgia); many category entrants have gone on to secure distribution deals.

Running time cannot exceed 30 minutes.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“Such a dedicated team of lovely, kind and patient people -- all coming together for a good common. Ultimately, it was an honour just to be screened alongside such fabulous, thought-provoking and thoughtfully chosen exciting films.”
- George Hamilton, Director of ‘Corner Shop’, winner of ÉCU 2012
European Documentary
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European documentaries made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission. 



Previous winners in this category include 'Gazi to Gezi – A Stones Throw Away' (United Kingdom), ‘Sickfuckpeople’ (Austria), ‘Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit’ (France), ‘M Ferma’ (Latvia), ‘Problema: Who Are We in the 21st Century’ (Germany); many category entrants have secured distribution deals.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“I would like to thank you for this wonderful weekend full of new experiences and film watching. The festival team provided a great, creative and welcoming atmosphere. It was wonderful to meet so many interesting and creative personalities all together. I would like to thank you for appreciating my work and efforts!”
- Rita Broka, Director of ‘M Ferma’, winner of ÉCU 2012
European Animated Film
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European animated work in the moving image field (can include web pages) made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Past winners include 'Mend and Make Do' (United Kingdom), ‘Grab Me’ (Greece), ‘I Am Tom Moody’ (UK), ‘A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensations’ (Germany), ‘Paths of Hate’ (Poland).

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

"It is fantastic to be part of ÉCU, it has been my dream for quite some time now to have a film screen in Paris. Also, to have a screening at such a prestigious festival as well, it is more than a dream come true, it is amazing!"
- Rachel Moore, “Up in a Plane', part of the Official Selection at ÉCU 2015
European Experimental Film
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European work in the moving image field that can be deemed experimental made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Out of Reach (Rain Night)' (Belgium), ‘Second Wind’ (Russia), ‘Kore’ (France), ‘Achante’ (UK), ‘Invertebrate’ (UK), ‘Candy Darling’ (Belgium).

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“Winning a price at ÉCU was an excellent surprise and it has had a very positive impact on the film. After this award the film has been selected to many festivals around the world on ÉCU-on-the-Road tour and that is great, because it’s difficult to exist in the independent cinema and it’s difficult to meet the people that appreciate your work.”
- Eric Dinkian, “Kore”, winner of ÉCU 2013
Student Film
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European and non-European student films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Exit Neverland' (Denmark), ‘Deserted’ (Israel), ‘Martha Must Fly’ (Israel), ‘Callum’ (UK), ‘Stanley Pickle’ (UK); many category entrants have gone on to secure distribution deals.

NOTE: Entrants in this category will ONLY be eligible for the Best Student Film Award.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“We found all of your staff to be incredibly friendly and accommodating. Personally, I felt very welcome and at ease. I greatly enjoyed the Q&A's and was glad to have the chance to meet with and talk to Scott about my film. I couldn't have asked for a better environment in which to showcase my work.”
- Michael van der Put, Director of ‘Callum’, winner of ÉCU 2012
Non-European Dramatic Feature
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all non-European feature films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Flytrap' (USA), ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ (USA), ‘Motivational Growth’ (USA), ‘The Forest is Red’ (USA), ‘The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce’ (Australia); many past entrants in this category have gone on to secure distribution deals.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“To show our film in Paris, the birthplace of cinema - as a filmmaker, this is like Mecca. Being able to show film at ÉCU and have such a wonderful reception and to have people really respond to he film, is a dream come true.”
- Michelle Mower, “The Preacher’s Daughter”, winner of ÉCU 2014
Non-European Dramatic Short
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all non-European short films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Catching Fireflies' (USA), ‘Humor’ (Israel), ‘Buzkashi Boys’ (USA / Afghanistan) ‘Paul’ (Israel), ‘The Miraculous Tale of the Children Dubois’ (USA); many past entrants in this category have gone on to secure distribution deals.

Running time cannot exceed 30 minutes.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“It's such an honour to be selected to join all of the extremely talented artists within the ÉCU festival program. There's such a vast amount of creativity in the world today and ÉCU is a great platform for global artists to really express themselves fully.”
- Lee Whittaker, winner of ÉCU 2015
Non-European Documentary
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all non-European documentaries made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Trip Along Exodus' (Syrian Arab Republic/Lebanon), 'Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution’ (USA), ‘Cavedigger’ (USA), ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ (Australia), ‘Salam Rugby’ (New Zealand), ‘Dhobi Ghaat’ (Pakistan); many past entrants have gone on to secure distribution deals.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

“ÉCU was the first to see the film's merits, the first to grant it an award. What a special time that was in Paris!”
- Jeffrey Karoff, “Cavedigger”, winner of ÉCU 2013; one of eight documentary short films that competed for the 86th Academy Awards
Much More than a Script Competition
We at ÉCU understand that for many talented writers - especially those without representation - it is difficult getting scripts read by the people that matter: directors, producers and heads of development.

That’s why we decided to launch ÉCU's Much More than a Script Competition back in 2009.

We will read scripts in English, French, Spanish, German, and Italian before making an official selection of the very best.

Previous winners include 'The Competitors' by Ruth Greenberg (UK),‘Yellow Dragon and the Red Fox’ by Anthony Etherington (UK), ‘Before The Bomb’ by Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi (Iran)

The two overall winners will receive an additional prize and the coveted title of Best European Feature Script / Best Short Script 2014 – a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of “representation” and get their scripts read by the right people.
European Music Video
Videos should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all European independent music videos. The video's budget cannot have been funded more then 50% by a record company or music publishing entity. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Previous winners include 'Entomophobia' (United Kingdom), ‘Run Away’ (Norway), ‘I’ve Only Just Begun’ (Finland), ‘House’ (UK).

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

ÉCU Film Festival – they don’t forget your work but keep pushing it.” – Elias Koskimies, “I’ve Only Just Begun”, winner of ÉCU 2013
European Comedy Film
Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. This category is open to all European comedies made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

Previous winners include 'De Smet' (Belgium/Netherlands), ‘Great’ (Germany), ‘Island Queen’ (UK).

“It was a huge honour winning the best comedy award, especially given the quality of the other films in my category, and all the more special as I was fortunate enough to have been able to spend the whole weekend in Paris with the other filmmakers and all the lovely staff who do such a great job there. It's also been a huge boost for me professionally and I’m working hard with the writer on our first feature off the back of the win.”
- Ben Mallaby, Director of ‘Island Queen’, winner of ÉCU 2013, nomination for 2013 BAFTA Awards
Arab Special Section
In its 11th edition, ÉCU is happy for the fourth year in the row to highlight independent Arab filmmakers, competing for The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking. The winner of this “Special Section,” will receive an award for their outstanding creative efforts dedicated to the memory of the late Ahmed Khedr, a talented director and good friend of the festival.

Films should be independent in spirit, original in perspective and made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

Being able to use parts of the film or having a trailer/preview of the film would be helpful for promotional purposes within the festival and our events leading up to it.

Previous winners include 'Amongst' (Saudi Arabia), ‘7 Hours’ (Lebanon), ‘ A Tempo : 3rd Act’ (Lebanon)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery, projection and promotion of the very best independent films from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Cinema is an art form that needs to be simultaneously nourished and challenged and ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival provides the perfect arena for indie filmmakers to express authentic cinematic storytelling in the most compelling ways possible. As one the World’s truly stand out independent film festivals, ÉCU embraces innovation and creativity and allows directors in competition to showcase their films to audiences who appreciate and love independent cinema. Filmmakers who are selected into ÉCU’s Official Selection join an active community of creatives who continually push the boundaries of indie cinema.

'I'm so grateful and honoured... Your festival is an amazing opportunity to celebrate independent films and filmmakers' - Iris Zaki, director of 'WOMEN IN SINK', the winner of the Best European Independent Documentary 2016.

Since its inception in 2006 ÉCU has forged a path for independent film and the scope of its presence has grown to a global scale with the festival often being referenced as the European equivalent of Sundance, an honour that we don’t take lightly.

Spring is not only a fabulous time for Paris but an exciting time for ÉCU because that is when we showcase roughly around 100 of the World’s very best independent films. Although ÉCU emphasises European talent, it also recognises the genius of international filmmakers with several categories allocated to non-European films.

The next ÉCU, the 12th edition, will take place on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April, 2017 in Paris, France.

ÉCU isn’t just all about screening an amazing slate of films over its three-day event in Paris in April. There are also professional workshops led by experts in the industry, Q&A’s held with the attending filmmakers after every screening session and a chance to network with fellow filmmakers, producers, agents, industry representatives, prospective film buyers and, of course, the cinema-loving public. At ÉCU, there is a continual dialogue celebrating and critiquing the world’s best indie cinema of today.

Have a look at ÉCU’s 2016 Official Selection Sizzle Reel: https://vimeo.com/160705834

Though ÉCU’s main event IS the three-day festival in Paris each spring, there is even more! Thanks to our over 50 partner festivals, partner organizations, film centres and film commissions, ÉCU’s goes on an annual world tour called ÉCU-On-The-Road, which gives award-winning films (as well as many of the Official Selection films) the opportunity to have their films screened to a broader, global audience. ÉCU-On-The-Road showcased films in over 77 countries around the globe in 2015 - 2016 at special ÉCU mini-festivals, partner festivals, cultural institutions and film schools, including an amazing seven day special festival in São Paulo, Brazil. The event was made possible through the support of Caixa Cultural, São Paulo and was a huge success. ÉCU also held special events in Berlin (Germany), Cannes (France) and was part of festivals in Lebanon, Italy, Russia, USA, Romania, Austria, Denmark and ot­her countries. This gives ÉCU filmmakers great exposure to audiences that they may never have reached.

Since 2006, ÉCU has helped the careers of literally hundreds of independent filmmakers, actors, DPs, editors, screenwriters and is honoured to be firmly established as one of the World’s eminent indie film festivals.

Above all, we are proud to be a filmmakers’ festival!

ORGANIZERS

Giedre Bumbulyte; Scott Hillier (Festival President)

GENERAL RULES

Films should be independent in spirit and original in perspective. Open to all films made with less than 50% participation by a major studio or television broadcaster. Films may be submitted in any language, however must have subtitles in English except if the film is in English it must have French subtitles. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure accurate judging abilities. A synopsis of no more than 180 characters, in English and French, a screenshot from the film and a short director's biography also in English and French are required upon submission.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Excerpts of all submitted films can be used in ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival's 2017 publicity on the internet, print, radio and television media. All rights, including music, have been obtained and cleared by the filmmakers.