The European Independent Film Festival


Whether imagined or real, stories are created every day, and the world is always in need of a good story. Character-driven, plot-driven, or just plain driven, ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival continually searches for the most talented storytellers and cinematic visionaries that make their stories a reality.

Through this dedicated quest and passion for independent cinema, ÉCU prides itself on being one of Europe’s essential events for independent films. This stems from the festival’s unyielding belief in its filmmakers and their artistic efforts.

ÉCU 2014 will take place in Paris, France from April 4th to 6th 2014. 

Many of the films chosen for ÉCU 2014’s “Official Selection” will participate in the ÉCU-ON-THE ROAD tour. This year-round tour takes its films to special screening sessions around the globe for the world to experience.

The competition focuses on original and independent works that demonstrate qualitycreativity andinnovation across sixteen categories.

European Submissions:

– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary
– Animation
– Experimental
– Music Video
– European Youth Film
– Comedy

Non-European Submissions:

– Dramatic Feature
– Dramatic Short
– Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Submissions:

– Student Film
– Feature Script Competition
– Short Script Competition

– Arab Special Section

– ÉCU Firsts

Early Bird Deadline: November 17th, 2013
Regular Deadline: December 15th, 2013
Late Deadline: January 5th, 2014
Withoutabox Extended Deadline: January 12th, 2014

ÉCU 2014 will also host its 8th annual “Much More Than A Script Competition!

The script competition gives writers the opportunity to shine and be acknowledged for being a central part of the collaborative filmmaking process. The competition focuses on independent screenplays that are not aimed at the mainstream or Hollywood film markets and demonstrate quality, creativity and innovation.

Deadline: March 10th, 2014

Independent filmmakers and scriptwriters may submit their films and/or scripts at

For information regarding the festival’s rules and regulation for submitting films and screenplays, please visit: Rules-and-Regulations.

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