The world is always in need of a good story, and one of the most popular ways to digest stories is via film. In acknowledgement of this, ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival, searches to uncover the talented story tellers that use cinematic innovation to make their stories a reality. ÉCU’s quest to find the best in independent cinema stems from the festival’s belief in the artistic efforts of their filmmakers. Taking place in Paris 29 – 31 March, many of the films in ÉCU’s 2013 “Official Selection” will then go on to participate in ÉCU-ON-THE ROAD. The tour takes films across the globe, exposing them to new audiences. Most recently the ÉCU tour went to Jordan and China. Now open for submissions, we take a look at the categories.
The competition focuses on original and independent films that demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation across 15 categories. All of the films currently submitted appear on the ÉCU 2013 website. The above trailer is from The Love Paradox, entered in the Non-European Dramatic Short category. This film from Puerto Rico follows a mourning astrophysicist search for his lost loved wife. The categories for further submissions are listed here:
- Dramatic Feature - Dramatic Short - Documentary - Animation - Experimental - Music - Video - European Youth Film - Comedy
- Dramatic Feature - Dramatic Short - Documentary
Worldwide (European and Non-European) Submissions:
- Student Film - Feature Script Competition - Short Script Competition - ÉCU Firsts
Alongside the film submissions ÉCU 2013 will also host its 7th annual Much More Than A Script Competition. This competition is aimed at providing the scriptwriters with exposure and acknowledged as a central part of the filmmaking process. Focusing on independent screenplays that are not aimed at the mainstream, this competition celebrates creativity and quality.
The various deadlines are as follows:
Independent scriptwriters: 11 March 2013.
Filmmakers: Regular Deadline 16 December – Late Deadline 6 January 2013 – Withoutabox Extended Deadline 13 January 2013
For information regarding the festival’s rules and regulation for submitting films and screenplays, please visit: www.ecufilmfestival.com/Rules-and-Regulations.
ÉCU 29 – 31 March, 2013 www.ecufilmfestival.com.
1. The Love Paradox- Ian Allen Lim, Katia González Estevéz, Pedro Juan Lopez, courtesy of ÉCU 2013.