Paris – France
March 29 to 31, 2013
Upcoming Deadline: December 16

The 8th Annual ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is a spirited celebration of remarkable filmmaking and one of Europe’s most treasured cinematic events. The festival showcases the best indie films from around the world to large international audiences every year in Paris and also hosts screenings of it’s award-winning films in another 20 countries during it’s ÉCU-On-The-Road tour. In less than a decade, the festival has unearthed many cinematic gems and has helped further the careers of hundreds of indie filmmakers.

Each submitted film is evaluated across 15 categories – seven of which are open to non-European filmmakers – and competes for 25 coveted awards. Prizes vary from year to year, but are donated by partners like G-Technology, Lomography, and Final Draft. The jury is made up of internationally acclaimed filmmakers and film professionals, including French actress Ludivine Sagnier. If you’re looking to maximize the visibility of your work and connect with professionals at the top of their craft, you’ll find incredible networking and exposure opportunities at ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Submit your work today!

European Film Festival

8 Annual October 14, 2012 to November 17, 2012

The European Film Festival’s mission is to bring quality international independent film to the widest possible audience in Europe and beyond.

The Festival aims to provide a cultural alternative to the commercial film experience, to support independent filmmakers, and promote the art of filmmaking

The European Film Festival was established to utilize the power of film to further the goal of inter-cultural understanding among nations and to assist in the building of a shared artistic experience.

No medium is better positioned than film to enable people to understand, question and affect the world around them.

The European Film Festival, held every October and November in cities across Europe, showcases the best of international independent film. With events in dozens of locations all over the continent, the Festival screens over 150 narrative features, documentaries, shorts, and music videos. Now in its sixth year, the Festival has grown into a world-class event, uniting new filmmakers with critics, scholars, film masters, and the movie-loving public.

The European Film Festival is dedicated to new filmmakers. We accept films in every genre, on any topic, from every country around the world. Special attention is paid to new directors, and films that overcome budget limitations in new and innovative ways. The European Film Festival brings attention to the most talented emerging filmmakers, showcasing their work to audiences around Europe.

Mary Symmons (Festival Registrar) ; Mary Symmons (Festival Registrar)

Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2005.

Films must not have had any commercial theatrical play in the EU. The European Film Festival does not require films to be world or EU premieres. Screenplays must not have been produced.

Films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English for Festival presentation. Screenplays must be in English.

For submission purposes, DVDs may be works-in-progress, films with temporary soundtracks, or digital outputs

OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

Narrative Feature (budget under €15k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget must be under €15k ($15k USD).
Narrative Feature (budget under €150k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget must be under €150k ($150k USD).
Narrative Feature (budget over €150k)
Narrative Feature. Film budget may exceed €150k ($150k USD).
Documentary Feature
Short Documentary (under 30 minutes)
Short documentaries of under 30 minutes.
Lesbian and Gay Film
Experimental Film (under 30 minutes)
Short Film (under 50 minutes)
Short Short (under 5 minutes)
Animated Short (under 50 minutes)
Music Video
Feature Screenplay
Short Screenplay (under 50 pages)
Screenplay Pitch (under 3 pages)