ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival

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ÉCU - European Independent Film Festival
Official ÉCU 2017 Logo.png
Location Paris
Founded 2006
Awards received Best European Independent Film
Language English and French
Website http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is an annual international film festival dedicated to independent cinema. Held in Paris, France, it was created in 2006 by Scott Hillier. The festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of the best independent film making talents from Europe and beyond, showcasing films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, 7 of which are open to non-European filmmakers (from the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Asia), and compete for 24 awards. Jury members come from all around the globe and have a variety of backgrounds. The founder and president of ÉCU, Scott Hillier, is a Paris-based Australian filmmaker. He gained international recognition from his strong cinematography, editing, writing producing and directing portfolio and served as Director of Photography on the documentary ‘Twin Towers’ which won an Academy Award in 2003.

The 11th edition of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival was held in Paris, France on April 8–10, 2016 at Cinema Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris.

As well as the film screenings, festival attendees had the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops, ‘Meet-the-Directors’ discussions in which the audience posed questions directly to the filmmakers. There was also a full program of live music hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music at our after-parties on all three nights of the festival.

Category Winner
Best European Independent Film 2016 The Chicken - Una Gunjak (Croatia/Germany)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2016 Horseface - Marc Martinez Jordán (Spain)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2016 Vanitas - Oscar Spierenburg (Belgium)
Best European Independent Documentary 2016 Women in Sink - Iris Zaki (United Kingdom/ Israel)
Best European Independent Animation 2016 The Old Man and the Bird - Dennis Stein-Schomburg (Germany)
Best European Independent Experimental Film 2016 Refugees - Eduardo Hernandez Perez & Hans Jaap Melissen (The Netherlands)
Best European Independent Music Video 2016 Circles - Helen Takkin (Estonia)
Best Independent Comedy 2016 Discipline - Christophe M. Saber (Switzerland)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short 2016 Thunder Road - Jim Cummings (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature 2016 Kidnap Capital - Felipe Rodriguez (Canada)
Best Non-European Independent Documentary 2016 Life on the Border - Basmeh Soleiman, Delovan Kekha, Diar Omar, Hazem Khodeideh, Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, & Zohour Saeid (Syrian Arab Iraq/Syria)
Best Student Film 2016 The Van Boomel Brothers - Laurens Jans (Belgium)
Best Short Script 2016 6 September - Ionut Gaga (Romania)
Best Feature Script 2016 As an Actress - Maria Hinterkörner (Austria)
Best Actor 2016 Patrick's Day - Moe Dunford (Ireland)
Best Actress 2016 Love/Me/Do - Rebecca Calder (United Kingdom)
Best Editing 2016 The Way of Tea - Coban Beutelstetter (France)
Best Cinematography 2016 The Seed - Kassim Olivier Ahmed (Belgium)
Best Director 2016 The Man of my Life - Mélanie Delloye (France)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Semiliberi - Matteo Gentiloni (Italy)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Balcony - Toby Fell-Holden (United Kingdom)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Welcome - Javier Fesser (Spain)
Audience Award 2016 While You Were Away - Ben Mallaby (United Kingdom)
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking 2016 Little Gandhi - Sam Kadi (Turkey/USA/Syria)
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Until 20 - Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba (USA)

Workshops[edit]

Workshops are held at every festival edition.

During the festival, workshops available to all attendees are conducted by some of the most talented professionals in the film making industry. This unique opportunity gives a chance to the public to get into film making and to the enthusiasts to improve their craft.

Music[edit]

ÉCU is a strong supporter of musicians. Along with the usual film festival activities, live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend.

Meet the director session[edit]

After each screening, the audience will have the opportunity to meet the directors and participate in a Question and Answer session. Here they will be able to directly ask questions to the filmmakers and to discuss in detail the ups and downs faced when creating a film.

ÉCU-on-the-road[edit]

[1] Every year, the festival travels around the world making sure the “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. All this has been possible through the help of over 50 (and quickly growing) partner festivals, cultural centers and film commissions around the globe. During these events, some of the “Official Selection” films are screened, which furthers the size of the directors audience.

ÉCU-on-the-road 2015/2016

Place date
Cabriolet Film Festival, Beirut, Lebanon June 3–5 13-15, 2016
NDU International Film Festival, Beirut November 15–22, 2015
Clare Valley Film Festival, Australia November 13–15, 2015
Qabila film festival, Egypt October 8–10, 2015
Tyrolean Independent Filmfestival/TyIFF, Austria September 18, 2015
Naperville Independent Film Festival, US September 12–19, 2015
ÉCU-in-Viseu, Portugal August 13–15, 2015
Arkadia Short Film Festival, Romania July 3–5, 2015
MashRome Film Festival, Italy July 1–3, 2015
ÉCU-in-Viseu, Portugal June, 2015
Clare Valley Film Festival, Australia May 30, 2015
Cabriolet Film Festival, Lebanon May 29–31, 2015
ÉCU-in-Cannes, France May 17–24, 2015
Vault Film Festival, London February 7;14;21;28, 2015
ÉCU-in-São Paulo, Brazil January 29 – February 4, 2015
ÉCU-in-Berlin, Germany January 14–15, 2015

Categories[edit]

The festival comprises both European and non-European films.

European Categories[edit]

  • Dramatic Feature
  • Dramatic Short
  • Documentary
  • Animated Film
  • Music Video
  • Experimental Film
  • Comedy Film

Non-European Categories[edit]

  • Dramatic Feature
  • Dramatic Short
  • Documentary

Worldwide Categories[edit]

  • Student Film
  • Much More than a Script Competition
  • Arab Section

Past Editions[edit]

ÉCU 2016[edit]

The 11th Annual European Independent Film Festival took place from April 8 to 10 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris. After screening, 77 films from 31 countries over 3 days it all came down to one moment: the Award Ceremony. Films competed across 14 categories and were judged according to their quality, creativity, and independent spirit in both form and content.

Category Winner
Best European Independent Film 2016 The Chicken - Una Gunjak (Croatia/Germany)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2016 Horseface - Marc Martinez Jordán (Spain)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2016 Vanitas - Oscar Spierenburg (Belgium)
Best European Independent Documentary 2016 Women in Sink - Iris Zaki (United Kingdom/ Israel)
Best European Independent Animation 2016 The Old Man and the Bird - Dennis Stein-Schomburg (Germany)
Best European Independent Experimental Film 2016 Refugees - Eduardo Hernandez Perez & Hans Jaap Melissen (The Netherlands)
Best European Independent Music Video 2016 Circles - Helen Takkin (Estonia)
Best Independent Comedy 2016 Discipline - Christophe M. Saber (Switzerland)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short 2016 Thunder Road - Jim Cummings (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature 2016 Kidnap Capital - Felipe Rodriguez (Canada)
Best Non-European Independent Documentary 2016 Life on the Border - Basmeh Soleiman, Delovan Kekha, Diar Omar, Hazem Khodeideh, Mahmod Ahmad, Ronahi Ezaddin, Sami Hossein, & Zohour Saeid (Syrian Arab Iraq/Syria)
Best Student Film 2016 The Van Boomel Brothers - Laurens Jans (Belgium)
Best Short Script 2016 6 September - Ionut Gaga (Romania)
Best Feature Script 2016 As an Actress - Maria Hinterkörner (Austria)
Best Actor 2016 Patrick's Day - Moe Dunford (Ireland)
Best Actress 2016 Love/Me/Do - Rebecca Calder (United Kingdom)
Best Editing 2016 The Way of Tea - Coban Beutelstetter (France)
Best Cinematography 2016 The Seed - Kassim Olivier Ahmed (Belgium)
Best Director 2016 The Man of my Life - Mélanie Delloye (France)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Semiliberi - Matteo Gentiloni (Italy)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Balcony - Toby Fell-Holden (United Kingdom)
Special Jury Mention 2016 Welcome - Javier Fesser (Spain)
Audience Award 2016 While You Were Away - Ben Mallaby (United Kingdom)
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking 2016 Little Gandhi - Sam Kadi (Turkey/USA/Syria)
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Until 20 - Jamila Paksima & Geraldine Moriba (USA)

ÉCU 2015[edit]

The 10th Annual European Independent Film Festival took place from April 10 to 12 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris. During the 3 days screening, it showed 84 films from 32 countries and then came up with the award-winning list. This year's "ÉCU-on-the-Road", ÉCU went to São Paulo, Brazil, from January 29 to February 4; and Berlin, Germany, from January 14 to 15. Each of the event showcased more than 20 independent films.

Category Winner
Best European Independent Film 2015 Here Lies - Duncan Ward (United Kingdom)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2015 The Anklet - Guillaume Levil (France)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2015 Roseville - Martin Makariev (Bulgaria)
Best European Independent Documentary 2015 Gazi to Gezi – A Stones Throw Away - Ross Domoney (United Kingdom)
Best European Independent Animation 2015 Mend And Make Do - Bexie Bush (United Kingdom)
Best European Independent Experimental Film 2015 Out of Reach (Rain Night) - Pablo Diartinez (Belgium)
Best European Independent Music Video 2015 Entomophobia - Robin Rippmann (United Kingdom)
Best Independent Comedy 2015 De Smet - Thomas Baerten & Wim Geudens (Belgium / Netherlands)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short 2015 Catching Fireflies - Lee Whittaker (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature 2015 Flytrap - Stephen David Brooks (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Documentary 2015 Trip Along Exodus - Hind Shoufani (Syrian Arab Republic/Lebanon)
Best Student Film 2015 Exit Neverland - Chadi Abdul-Karim (Denmark)
Best Short Script 2015 Long Road Home - Richard Flynn (United Kingdom)
Best Feature Script 2015 The Competitors - Ruth Greenberg (United Kingdom)
Best Actor 2015 Roseville - Kalin Vrachanski (Bulgaria)
Best Actress 2015 Sophie at the Races - Siobhán O’Kelly (Ireland)
Best Editing 2015 Being an Angel - Luigi Abanto Varese (Spain)
Best Cinematography 2015 127 - Leigh Elford (New Zealand)
Best Director 2015 Before the Bomb - Tannaz Hazemi (USA)
Special Jury Mention 2015 Oh! My Princess - Heewook SA (Republic of Korea)
Special Jury Mention 2015 The Barbiers Blade - Hakan Can (Germany)
Special Jury Mention 2015 Touch - Andrew Richardson (United Kingdom)
Audience Award 2015 The Dandelion - Sophie-Clémentine Dubois (Belgium)
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking 2015 Amongst - Mohammed Alsalman (Saudi Arabia)
Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Final Stroke - Anne Chlosta (Germany)

ÉCU 2014[edit]

The 9th edition of ECU - The European Independent Film Festival

The 9th Annual European Independent Film Festival took place from April 4 to 6 at Cinéma Les 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris. As well as the film screenings, festival attendees had the opportunity to participate in an array of workshops as well as a series of ‘Meet the Directors‘ panel discussions, in which the audience pose questions directly to the filmmakers. There was also a full program of live music hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music. Personalities from cinema, television and the arts, as well as filmmakers and film industry professionals, mixed with a cinema-loving public craving the energy, free spiritedness and innovation that embodies independent film.

Category Winner
Best European Independent Film 2014 216 Months - Valentin and Fréderic Potier (France)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short 2014 Blind Squad - Vlad Fenesan (Romania)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature 2014 The Enemy Within - Yorgos Tsemberopoulos (Greece)
Best European Independent Documentary 2014 Sickfuchpeople - Juri Rechinsky (Austria)
Best European Independent Animation Drag Me - Nikos Kellis (Greece)
Best European Independent Experimental Film Second Wind - Sergey Tsyss (Russia)
Best European Independent Music Video Sandra Kolstad – Run Away - Yenni Lee (Norway)
Best European Independent Comedy Great - Andreas Henn (Germany)
Best non-European Independent Dramatic Short 2014 Humor - Tal Zagreba (Israel)
Best non-European Independent Dramatic Feature 2014 The Preacher's Daughter - Michelle Mower (USA)
Best non-European Independent Documentary 2014 Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution - Matthew VanDyke (USA)
Best Student Film Deserted (Israel) - Yoav Hornung (Israel)
Best Short Script Before The Bomb - Tannaz Hazemi and James Grimaldi (Iran)
Best Feature Script Yellow Dragon and the Red Fox - Anthony Etherington (UK)
Best Actor Say Nothing - Ed Stoppard (UK)
Best Actress Chains of Love - Lotta Doll (Germany)
Best Editing My Past Life - Sebastian Lindblad (Sweden)
Best Cinematography Portraits of Mistresses - Jean-François Hensgens (France)
Best Director 2014 Jiminy - Arthur Molard (France)
Special Jury Mention Still Got Lives - Jan-Gerrit Seyler (Germany)
Special Jury Mention Closed Box - Riccardo Salvetti, Gianfranco Boattini (Italy)
Special Jury Mention You Can’t Write a Letter - Guillaume Levil (France)
Audience Award Battlecock! - Ben Mallaby (UK)
The Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking 7 Hours - Farah Alhashim (Lebanon)

ÉCU 2013[edit]

ÉCU 2013- The 8th Annual European Independent Film Festival was taking place from March 29 to March 31 and showcased 109films from 35 countries. The festival was located at the principal cinema Les 7 Parnassiens, film screenings and professional workshops about screenwriting, directing, editing, acting, and sound mixing were being held at Cinéma Action Christine. The Arab Section was held at Cinéma Lincoln.

Category Winner
Best European Independent Film Othello - Hammudi Al-Rahmoun Font (Spain)
Best Independent Experimental Film Kore - Eric Dinkian (France)
Best European Independent Comedy Film Island Queen - Ben Mallaby (UK)
Best Student Film Martha Must Fly - Ma’ayan Rypp (Israel)
Best Independent Music Video I've Only Just Begun - Elias Koskimies (Finland)
Best Independent Animation I am Tom Moody - Ainslie Henderson (UK)
Best European Independent Documentary Moving Gracefully Towards the Exit - Jean-Bernard Andro, Patrice Regnier ( France //USA)
Best European Independent Dramatic Short 82 - Calum Macdiarmid (UK)
Best European Independent Dramatic Feature Girl Shaped Love Drug - Simon Powell (UK)
Best Non-European Independent Documentary Cavedigger - Jeffrey Karoff (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature Motivational Growth - Don Thacker (USA)
Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short Buzkashi Boys - Sam French (Afghanistan // USA)
Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking A Tempo: The 3rd Act - Maria Abdel Karim (Lebanon)
Best Short Script This Vehicle Has Been Checked for Sleeping Children - John Burdeaux (USA)
Best Feature Script The Last Waltz of Vienna - Brian Weakland (USA)
The European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking A Mile In Our Shoes - MFC Study Support Centre (UK)
Best Editing Voices - Hussain Al-Riffaei (Bahrain)
Best Cinematography The Cart - Natasha Novik (Russia)
Best Actor HIOB - Uwe Preuss
Best Actress Othello - Ann M. Perelló
Special Jury Mentions MYRA - Caroline Burns Cooke
Best Director Good Night - Muriel d’Ansembourg
Audience Award I AM ELEVEN - Genevieve Bailey (Australia)
Special Jury Mentions We Are Not Slaves - Ainur Askarov (Russia)
Special Jury Mentions EAT - Moritz Krämer (Germany)
Special Jury Mentions Were you the last man to see Hitler? - Caroline von der Tann (Germany // Italy

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