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ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2019

From April 5, 2019 until April 7, 2019

Regulations

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2019
RULES AND REGULATIONS


CATEGORIES

EUROPEAN CATEGORIES:
- Dramatic Feature Film
- Dramatic Short Film
- Documentary Film
- Animated Film
- Experimental Film
- Music Video
- Comedy Film

NON-EUROPEAN CATEGORIES:
- Dramatic Feature Film
- Dramatic Short Film
- Documentary Film

WORLDWIDE (EUROPEAN AND NON-EUROPEAN) CATEGORIES:
- Student Film
- Feature Script Competition
- Short Script Competition
- Arab Special Selection

Conditions For Entry
Films must have been completed since May 1st, 2017. 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.

Subtitling
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, and all English language films must have French subtitles.

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) enable filmmakers to upload their films directly to them, but please also send us an external screener link (Vimeo or similar). 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: November 18th, 2018
* Regular Deadline: December 16th, 2018
* Late Deadline: January 13th, 2019
* WithoutABox Extended Deadline: January 20th, 2019
* Script Competition Deadline: March 3rd, 2019

Essential Requirements
* 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: submissions@ecufilmfestival.com

Payment
Films can be submitted via WithoutABox, FilmFreeway, Film Festival Life, FestHome, Click for Festivals, ReelPort or directly to the festival via PayPal.

Shipping
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. Films will be returned during the week following the close of the festival. By prior arrangement, prints can be forwarded to another festival immediately after ÉCU. Attending filmmakers must collect their films directly from the festival.

Promotion
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 2019'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.

Screening
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 April 5th to 7th 2019. 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.

Attachments

Worldwide Category - Special Arab Section

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 65.00 €

Worldwide Category - Short Script

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 40.00 €

Worldwide Category - Feature Script

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 60.00 €

Worldwide Category - Student Film

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 35.00 €

Non-European Category - Documentary (any length)

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 75.00 €

Non-European Category - Dramatic Short

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 65.00 €

Non-European Category - Dramatic Feature

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 90.00 €

European Category - Comedy Film

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 65.00 €

European Category - Experimental Film

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 15.00 €

European Category - Music Video

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 25.00 €

European Category - Animated Film

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 50.00 €

European Category - Documentary (any length)

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 75.00 €

European Category - Dramatic Short

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 65.00 €

European Category - Dramatic Feature

Early Bird submission deadline: Nov. 18, 2018 for 90.00 €

About

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.

Address

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
Rue Damremont 108
75018 Paris
France