FESTIVAL PARTNERS

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

Here at ÉCU, we feel deeply honored to be partners with so many festivals from all around the world. From Berlin to Bali, from the United States to Africa, from Nazareth to London, our festival friends are a crucial part of what we do. Interested in doing something together? Get in touch with us!

Here are our partner Festivals…

…IN EUROPE

Watersprite Film Festival is one of the biggest student-led international film festivals in the world. It takes place every March in Cambridge, UK. Watersprite screens shorts from the world’s best emerging film talent and holds a range of panel discussions and workshops with industry experts which are free and open to the public. Watersprite became a registered charity in 2020 and aims to continue producing a festival which showcases, inspires and nurtures student filmmaking talent.

Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival enters its 10th-anniversary edition, with a clear mission statement; BRIDGING CULTURES – BRIDGING PEOPLE. This can be reflected in the film’s storytelling, the shooting locations, or the cast and crew. The idea is to screen films that are inclusive, diverse, and invite the audience to experience a variety of languages and cultures.  EMIFF is recognized as one of the fastest-growing international film festivals in Europe, using independent film to shape a creative community, allowing filmmakers to feel inspired, network, and thrive in this idyllic Mediterranean island paradise.

After creating the Papaya Young Directors Contest, Papaya Films Original Series & Papaya Films Presents Stories, the founders knew they wanted to take the next step so they created Papaya Rocks Film Festival. Brought to you by the Papaya Films London office this new film festival will offer filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films in London. Through Papaya Rocks Film Festival the organisation aims to discover, support and nurture new talent in filmmaking by offering a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world.

Aegean Film Festival is a cinematic encounter that brings together filmmakers, industry delegates and festival programmers. Their mission is to create an exceptional context where filmmakers and film-lovers gather in this unique Greek island to share the love for independent cinema, present and discuss their ideas and work, benefit from master classes, or simply relish the visual and intellectual inspiration offered by carefully selected feature films, short films & documentaries.

Founded in 2006 in London, UK, The Smalls Film Festival has been championing independent filmmaking and creative people for over a decade, making it an essential destination for filmmakers from across the globe. With a one-of-a-kind mix of fresh talent and Academy Award winners, our 16,000+ strong community of filmmakers come together once a year for the most dynamic, hustle-and-bustle week in the short film industry.

The Cinalfama Awards are given every two months in the live Cinalfama Awards Sessions, where the winners are announced and the Best Feature Film and Short Film categories will be screened. The winning films in each of these sessions will automatically compete in the 2017 Cinalfama Annual Award Session, where all the best short film and feature film winners will be screened again.

Rural FilmFest is an international itinerant film festival, which offers a current overview of international documentary film, fiction and animation in a short and long format related to the rural world, ecology, sustainability and natural and cultural resources.

Craft Film Festival is the first festival in Barcelona that pays special tribute to self-produced films with limited external support. The boutique but diverse international program selected after an open call for full-length feature films offers on display works with high artistic qualities, catching stories, distinctive style and original approach to media. The festival jury is the audience and the award is given following a democratic public vote.

International Festival DetectiveFEST was founded in 1999 with its main aim to promote detective fiction and support filmmakers encouraging the fight against corruption and terrorism. Since its inception, the festival has become a unique event in the cultural and social life of Russia and ex-Soviet states and has gained an international following.

Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, is an international competitive exhibition, this year at the 26° edition, and our principal goals are towards a reflection around the feminine world, in a cultural, political and social context, framed in an international level. The Festival embraces an intercultural dialogue with “otherness” culture in filmmaking: from the beginning, our attention is towards film coming from different cultures and countries, especially towards those projects, that even though represents high artistic standards, find difficulties in entering the commercial networks.

 Around Films is a network-based film collective that gathers our international colleagues all around. Alongside the aim of creating a custom approach, ARFF international selects the best filmmakers through the annual festival to associate with the related edition to enhance the collective consciousness through the visioners in the world. Regarding the unified system of Around International Film Festival, all genre filmmakers from all Around the World, have the chance to participate in the showcase with multiple events through ARFF Barcelona, ARFF Paris, ARFF Amsterdam, and ARFF Berlin as an entire year festival circuit. 

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is BAFTA-Qualifying and takes place in York, UK. It is one of the UK’s largest and most revered film events. They love independent film. It is at the heart of everything that they do. Their programming and curation are innovative and expansive. They believe that great film is transformative, and creativity should be shared.

At the Elba Film Festival the belief is in the power of film to change hearts and minds! Building a more inclusive and diverse society is amongst the Elba Film Festival’s main missions. It is a boutique, locally driven Festival. By showcasing a wide range of short films coming from all over the world, it is Elba Film Festival’s goal to create a solid and international community of filmmakers while addressing and supporting underserved communities. 

Mashup Film Festival, but what the hell is it?! A festival that focuses on honoring the cinema mashup, a genre at the crossroads between the 7th art and the Internet, that borrows, edits, diverts and creates unusual POP marriages, to give birth to unique work! Screenings, workshops, conferences and animations for ALL audiences are on the program of this festival which is rich in both wonder, and laughter.

IWFF- International Woman Filmmakers Festival is a festival that is proudly dedicated to providing visibility to woman filmmakers in Turkey; and it has been organized in Izmir for five years consecutively on the week of March 8th. IWFF aims to serve as a bridge through which national films reach an international audience while taking on the mission of building a supportive and nourishing network of woman filmmakers.

VIEW Conference is the premiere international event in Italy on Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, VR and AR, Gaming and VFX. Through lectures, meetings, tributes, exhibits, screenings and demo presentations VIEW will reveal the new digital frontier sweeping from cinema to architecture, from automotive design to advertisement, from medicine to videogames.

The St Andrews Film Festival (SAFF) is an international film festival with the aim to spotlight emerging filmmakers and to bridge the gap between the establishing and established filmmaker. SAFF is also an education facility offering masterclasses from industry professionals and talks from filmmakers. SAFF’s charitable aim is to facilitate and support the local filmmaking community in the town of St Andrews, Scotland. By doing so, SAFF aims to raise the profile of the Scottish independent cinema. 

The World of Film International Festival is Glasgow’s annual independent film event, held in November, and currently in its tenth edition. Our main focus is to promote independent international cinema and new talent from Scotland, the UK and beyond. Our aim is to bring local and Scottish audiences together with filmmakers, producers, artists and cinema enthusiasts from all around the world, in an attempt to discover new talent, showcase their work and generate ideas for future projects. WoFF is a non-profit organisation bringing audiences a step closer to international independent cinema and giving voice to young artists.

Le festival du Film Environnemental or the Environmental Film Festival (FFE) is intended to promote respect for the environment through the dissemination of short films which aim to raise awareness about the current state of the planet and the dangers it is facing, all while bringing to the foreground its beauty and majesty. 

 

…IN THE AMERICAS

The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, VR and animated works. With panels, parties and a week-long gathering of fellow indie filmmakers from around the world.

The Dunedin International Film Festival is a platform for filmmakers to share their original content with the Florida film community. The festival shares stories that matter and specialize in films about humanity, history, horror, and protecting the planet. DIFF accepts shorts films and feature films. The next edition of Dunedin International Film Festival will take place on 8th-14th January 2020 in Dunedin, Florida.

The FESTIVAL ECRàis an event that aims to ferment the culture of audiovisual, through experiences that question the notion and production of the moving image, encouraging the individual to express their ideas and thus democratize artistic creation.

…IN THE MIDDLE EAST

The Near Nazareth Festival is a film festival that is held annually in Israel and serves to strengthen mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples of the world. Through cooperation with movie lovers and filmmakers from around the world, they will make history. Today, filmmakers from 65 countries participate and present their works during the festival.

Launched in 2009 by Laboratoire d’Art, Cabriolet Film Festival (CFF) is the first outdoor film festival of its kind in Lebanon. Since its inception, CFF has become an annual cultural event taking place over the course of three consecutive nights on Saint Nicolas Stairs – Gemmayze, in the heart of Beirut.

…IN AFRICA

Zanzibar International Film Festival is one of the highlights of the island nation’s cultural calendar with thousands of people attending every year. Films, filmmakers, film-lovers and tourists all flock to the 9-day event that celebrates music, the arts and the spirit of the island itself. The ZIFF Festival of the Dhow Countries is organized by ZIFF, a non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1998 in Zanzibar to promote and showcase the culture of the Dhow Countries.

Alexandria short film festival ( Egypt ) was founded in 2015 by Alexandria Art Circle Association in order to give a chance for filmmakers to present their work to the public and this in the heart of Alexandria to be a lighthouse of cinema in the world.
The festival aims to provide a suitable atmosphere to exchange experiences between filmmakers from all over the world and give opportunities for short filmmakers to present their films whether narrative, documentary, or animation in front of the audience, with the aim of conducting fruitful discussions between the filmmaker and the audience and providing a safe platform for presenting their work.

…IN ASIA

AAIFF, The All Asian Independent Film Festival, has been launched to support independent filmmakers throughout Asia to display their unique ideas, to tell the stories deep down inside their hearts, and to inspire both audiences and other independent filmmakers. The festival’s objective is to offer excellent opportunities for all the Asian independent filmmakers to find audiences for their films, to connect with peers, distributors and talent scouts – and importantly to provide them unforgettable film festival experience. The third edition of AAIFF will be held in Manila, the Philippines in November 2022.

Bali International Film Festival, also known and registered as BALINALE, invites international filmmakers to present their work to a discerning audience that’s a wonderful mix of locals and expatriates from across the globe. Recognized internationally for the diversity of its programming consisting of Indonesian and international independent and award-winning fiction, documentary, feature and short films, it is also credited for the quality of the associated events where filmmakers enjoy BALINALE’s relaxed and familiar manner informally meeting to discuss films, trends and the demands of a growing fast-paced industry.

The Byron Underground Film Festival is one of Australia’s newest film festivals, focusing on innovative, experimental, independent and ground-breaking cinema from around the world.  

Here at ÉCU, we feel deeply honored to be partners with so many festivals from all around the world. From Berlin to Bali, from the United States to Africa, from Nazareth to London, our festival friends are a crucial part of what we do. Interested in doing something together? Get in touch with us!