From May 4, 2018 until May 6, 2018
Conditions For Entry
Films must have been completed since September 1st, 2016. 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 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.
Screening formats & Deadlines
To enable ÉCU’s submission judges to view your films they need to be in a digital format. Most of our submission platforms (WAB, FilmFreeway, FilmFestivalLife, Festhome, Click For Festivals) enable filmmakers to upload their films directly to them. If you choose a different submission method, please send us a link to an online viewing site. In the case of being selected for the Official Selection a DCP and HighRes H264 1920×1080 back up copy will be required.
* Early Bird Deadline: December 17th, 2017
* Regular Deadline: January 14th, 2018
* Late Deadline: February 4th, 2018
* WithoutABox Extended Deadline: February 11th, 2018
* Script Competition Deadline: April 2nd, 2018
* Synopsis in English & French of no more than 100 words
* Brief director biography in English and French
* A photo of director
* 2 digital stills from film (High Resolution)
All this plus contact telephone number, return address and photos should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Films can be submitted via WithoutABox, FilmFreeway, Film Festival Life, FestHome, Click for Festivals or directly to the festival via PayPal.
If selected, DCP copies must arrive at the festival by date to be confirmed or, by prior arrangement, films may be delivered by hand by the filmmaker. Please mark the aspect ratio of the film clearly on the can / box of your screening copy. The festival will only pay for the return shipping of films. By prior arrangement, prints can be forwarded to another festival immediately after ÉCU. Attending filmmakers must collect their films directly from the festival.
The entrant agrees that up to three minutes of their film may be used by The European Independent Festival in promotional activities including screening a clip on television and on the festival’s website. Cinema press may also be allowed a preview of screening copies in order to generate publicity.
Acceptance of these regulations implies that you will abide by them in your dealings with the festival and also that you are legally entitled to submit this film for consideration. All music used in films in whatever category submitted must have permission from the writers or owners of that particular piece of music writing. You are also obliged to deliver a screening copy of the film to the festival office by the required date, should the film be selected.
Should your film be selected as part of ÉCU 2018’s Official Selection we will need you to sign a release form and should you attend the festival you consent to be filmed by the ÉCU film crews and will allow that footage to be used in post‐festival promotional activities.
Filmmaker has to allow the European Independent Film Festival to screen his/her film in the public arena in Paris during the weekend of the May 4th to 6th 2018. The filmmaker has to acknowledge that all location, acting and branding rights are his/her to grant to the The European Independent Film Festival for the duration of the festival and during the festivals’ promotion phase.
This Festival was founded in 2006
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world. We proudly provide a unique platform for risk-taking storytellers to reach the broadest audiences possible.
Our annual festival showcases 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 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees.
ÉCU has expressly established itself and is often referred to as the Sundance of Europe. As such, we are the perfect venue for bold and visionary filmmakers to present their work to the cinema-loving public who are actively seeking alternatives to commercial-hungry major studio projects. Our screenings of new and thought-provoking cinematic creativity attracts more than just the public, but agents, talent scouts, production company representatives, distributors, and established producers, all of whom are searching for inspiring projects and raw talent.
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the directors. Directors then have the opportunity to respond and speak about their work and process. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties where attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.