Talented Filmmaker? Interested in joining an Indie film community? Dream of screening your film in the city where cinema was invented? Then the European Independent Film Festival is where you want to be! We are now accepting film submissions for our sixth edition which will take place in Paris the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of April 2011. At ECU, it is not about who you know or the latest fashionable theme, we are looking for brilliant original work across twelve categories:

- Dramatic Feature
- Dramatic Short
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental
- Music Video

- Dramatic Feature
- Dramatic Short
- Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European)
- Student Film
- Feature Script Competition
- Short Script Competition
ÉCU 2011 will also host its Much More Than A Script Competition!

Since its inception six years ago, ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival has become the premier arena in Europe for independent filmmakers to screen their films to international audiences, to network with industry professionals as well as exchange ideas with other indie filmmakers.

There are twelve competitive categories in the festival, with twenty awards culminating in the prestigious title of "Europe's Best Independent Film" award. The Film of the Festival will win a cash prize. Other prizes include hard drives from G-Technology by Hitachi.

The industry professionals who came to ÉCU 2010 - professional filmmakers, agents, production company representatives, distributors and established producers - came in search of new projects and raw talent. What they found was a future generation of filmmakers who exceeded their expectations.

The early deadline for submissions is November 21, 2010 and the late deadline is January 9, 2011. A Withoutabox extended deadline is available through January 16th 2011. Independent filmmakers are invited to submit their films at

Much More Than A Script Competition!

ÉCU is pleased to be hosting its fourth "Much More than a Script Competition". As part of the ÉCU 2011 film festival, the script competition's focus is on independent screenplays, that is, scripts that aren't aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to submit their short or feature-length scripts at

ÉCU 2011 Events

ÉCU 2011 will feature an exciting array of workshops hosted by dozens of industry experts. The workshops will cover a variety of topics relating to cinema including writing, directing, acting, editing and distribution. These events offer the unique opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

Directors will also have the chance to talk to the audience and other filmmakers during the "meet-the-directors" panel discussions that follow each screening.

What people said about ÉCU 2010

From the director of Dreaming Mali Barbara Kowa,
"I want to thank you once again for all these inspiring films! What a great idea to bring musicians and filmmakers together, you also did an awesome job at giving filmmakers useful working tools! Wow!"

From the director of Ink - Nuno Neves
"This was my first festival outside my country, and it got me wanting more, so I´ll probably just start producing another movie, with luck we see each other next year."

From the director of Scared Boy Patricio Torres,
"The festival was really cool..."

From the director of Smoorverlief Gerhard Ehlers,"I would just like to say, thank you so much for a wonderful experience at the ÉCU 2010 in Paris! I really enjoyed every moment, and Paris was amazing! "

From Sharron Ward, Producer of Addicted in Afghanistan
"We are over the moon about winning such a great honour."

From the director of Clouds Fly West Vesselin Cholakov
"First of all please accept my deep congratulations for the splendidly carried out festival. Keep it up!"

From the director of Reaching Rosie Jessica Morris
"Just wanted to say thank you so much for an absolutely brilliant weekend - Great parties too!"

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