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16-Apr-2014 3:12pm PDT  

 

The European Independent Film Festival

10 Annual April 10, 2015 to April 12, 2015

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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, ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 was a new and absolutely amazing experience for me and the best possible motivation to keep on struggling with filmmaking - so that I will have the chance to visit the festival again in the future. I am truly thankful to everybody in the ÉCU team for that."
- Nikos Kellis, “Drag Me”, winner of ÉCU 2014
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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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.

“This is about the opposite spectrum. ÉCU is all about independent work -- it is not about making your film in big studios. These are concepts that would never be tried outside of independent filmmaking and these are the things that I keep experiencing here every year and that is what sparks me about it -- such unusual projects.”
- Alan Arrivee, winner of ÉCU 2007 and jury member for ÉCU 2009 – 2014
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 “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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 10th edition, ÉCU is happy for the third 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 ‘7 Hours’ (Lebanon), ‘ A Tempo : 3rd Act’ (Lebanon)

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
ÉCU has firmly established itself on the global film festival circuit and prides itself on being a filmmakers festival. As such, we are a community that fosters innovation, creativity and the great desire to further the careers and artistic paths of our participating directors. Our festival allows these independent filmmakers to expose their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects.

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival has been expanding its presence and geographical breath ever since its debut in 2006. Now heading into its 10th edition, the festival has excitedly become known as Europe's answer to the Sundance Film Festival.

Annually held in the early spring in Paris, France, ÉCU proudly showcases more than 100 independent films from around the globe. Although the festival recognizes European talent, there are categories made available for overseas filmmakers from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

Throughout the festival, ÉCU offers a range of workshops all taught by industry professionals. Q&A's are held after every screening session allowing filmmakers to discuss their work and interact with their audience who are made up of industry representatives, producers, agents, the general public and others. Also, through ÉCU's reputation and available networking opportunities, the festival is always an attractive venue for prospecting films buyers, producers and talent spotters who are looking for new and ingenious filmmaking talent.

ÉCU continues even after its three-day event in Paris. Following the conclusion of the festival, ÉCU goes on a world tour called ÉCU-on-the-Road. This is in thanks to over 50 partner festivals, partner organizations and film centres. The tour provides filmmakers an invaluable opportunity to promote and screen their films not only at the ÉCU festival in Paris, but to a larger and more diverse international audience, as well.

Last year, ÉCU showcased its award- winning films in over 20 countries around the world at a range of events, including special mini-festivals, partner festivals, cultural institutions and film schools. By expanding our filmmakers reach, ÉCU is able to maintain and solidify its reputation as a "filmmaker's festival." The road series uniquely attracts audience members and creates global exposure for ÉCU and its films.

In a special addition to last year's tour, ÉCU had an amazing five day, special festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The event was made possible through the support of Caixa Cultural Centre and was a huge success. ÉCU also held a special events in Barcelona, Spain; Athens, Greece and was part of festivals in Egypt, Italy, Russia, Romania, Lebanon, Australia and other countries.

Award-winning film editor and past ÉCU judge, Franco Pistillo, says:

"Every year the Sundance Film Festival brings attention to American independent filmmakers. ÉCU gives the same opportunities to the hundreds of European filmmakers who make incredible films, but fly below the radar of festivals like Cannes, Venice and Berlin."

Scott Hillier, ÉCU Founder and Festival President, is himself an award-winning filmmaker. His passion and devotion in independent filmmaking is clearly made visible through the work and he put into the festival.

"It is a fact that independent filmmakers in Europe rarely get attention outside of their respective countries. ÉCU gives those filmmakers a chance to tell their stories on an arena where they can thrive," affirms Hillier.

Films are judged in 14 categories, seven of which are open to non-European filmmakers from the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia and compete for 24 awards. Prizes range from year to year, but are donated by partners like London Film Academy, Golla, Red Giant, Write Brothers and others.

For more detailed information regarding ÉCU, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com or email us directly at info@ecufilmfestival.com.


ORGANIZERS
Kadi Lokk (Festival Manager) ; Scott Hillier (Founder) ; Scott Hillier (Founder) ; Scott Hillier (Festival President) ; 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 2015 publicity on the internet, print, radio and television media. All rights, including music, have been obtained and cleared by the filmmakers.