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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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. 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, 'Rage' (Poland), 'Vanitas' (Belgium), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners in this category include 'Emily Must Wait' (Germany), Horseface (Spain), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners in this category include 'Refugee Blues' (UK), 'Women in Sink' (UK), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Past winners include 'Late Season' (Austria), 'The Old Man and the Bird' (Germany), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'Rhythm of Being' (UK), 'Refugees' (Netherlands), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'Forest of Echoes' (Austria), 'The Van Bommel Brothers' (Belgium), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'Selling Isobel' (USA), 'Kidnap Capital' (Canada), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'A Beautiful Day' (USA), 'Thunder Road' (USA), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'El Buzo' (Mexico) 'Life on the Border' (Iraq/Syria), '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 Less

We at ÉCU understand that for many talented writers - especially those without representation - it is difficult getting scripts read by the peo... More
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 'Going Home' (Australia), Hunters Pointe' (USA), 'As an Actress' (Austria), '6th of September' (Romania), '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 2018 – a title we are certain will help emerging writers overcome the obstacle of “representation” and get their scripts read by the right people. Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. Previous winners include 'I Got Myself a Finish' (France), 'Circles' (Estonia), '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 Less

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 tele... More
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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. 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 'Le Chat Doré' (Spain), 'Discipline' (Switzerland), '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 Less

In its 13th edition, ÉCU is happy for the fourth year in the row to highlight independent Arab filmmakers, competing for The Ahmed Khedr Award ... More
In its 13th 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 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 if the film is NOT in English, it must have English subtitles. The films in English, selected to be screened at the festival, must have French subtitles. Please note that French subtitles are required if the film gets into the Official Selection. Appropriate subtitles are required to ensure the best screening for our audience. 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 requested upon submission. The films must be completed since 1st September, 2016. 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 'Sing For Me' (Canada), 'Little Gandhi' (Turkey, USA, Syria) 'Amongst' (Saudi Arabia), ‘7 Hours’ (Lebanon), ‘ A Tempo : 3rd Act’ (Lebanon). Less


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