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The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) 2011

The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) continues its commitment of being at the centre of discovery, promotion and projection of the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the world.

ÉCU will showcase filmmakers whose films demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content. There are thirteen categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive festival.

While ÉCU’s goal is to bring worldwide attention to European independent filmmakers, there are also four foreign categories open to independent filmmakers from the Americas, Africa and Asia.

Objective

The European Independent Film Festival accepts films in the following categories:

  • European: Feature Films, Documentaries (any length), Short Films, Student Films, Experimental Films, Music Videos.
  • Non European: Feature, Short, Documentary, Student.

Film submission deadlines:

  • Early Bird Deadline: 21 November 2010
  • Regular Deadline: 19 December 2010
  • Late Deadline: 9 January 2011
  • Withoutabox Extended Deadline: 16 January 2011

Prizes

ÉCU will showcase filmmakers whose films demonstrate quality, innovation and independence in both form and content. There are thirteen categories of films in this highly esteemed competitive festival.

To make the ÉCU Film Festival a rewarding film festival experience, festival attendees will be able to attend editing workshops run by AVID and screenwriting labs hosted by Scriptshark, join in on discussion panels and get hands-on experience with the latest filmmaking technology.

The European Independent Film Festival 2011 will take place in Paris, 1-3 April 2011.

Rules

  • Films must have been completed since 1 April 2009.
  • To be eligible for the short film competitions films must be 30 minutes or less.
  • Films can only be accepted if no more than 50% of the funding came from a studio or broadcaster.
  • Films should be in their original language with English language subtitles.
  • English language films should be subtitled in French.
  • To qualify for the official selection, all non-English language films must have an English-subtitled screening copy available.

How to enter?

Before sending your film make sure you have:

  1. DVD clearly labeled with: Name of film / Director / Run Time/ Aspect ratio
  2. Non English films subtitled in English
  3. Two digital screen shots of film (high resolution if possible)
  4. One digital photo of director
  5. Synopsis in English and in French if possible
  6. Official trailer (if possible)

Then, visit the official website and follow the given instructions while submitting your film. In short, you pay the entry fee, fill-in an online entry form and mail your film on DVD on the address below.

The European Independent Film Festival,
108 rue Damremont,
75018, Paris,
France.

Entry fee

Please check the complete fee list on the official website. In this occasion we only list the regular entry fees for the worldwide categories.

  • Student Film: 40 €
  • Feature Script: 65 €
  • Short Script: 45 €