The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU) announced it’s Official Selection of films for the ninth edition of the festival which will take place April 4 to 6, 2014, in Paris. ÉCU 2014 will showcase 85 films from 32 countries ranging from feature films, short films, documentaries, animation and student films to experimental works. Films will be competing in 12 categories for 22 awards, including the prestigious title of ‘Best European Independent Film 2014’. In addition, the festival will be presenting a special section competing for the Ahmed Khedr Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking.
Some highlights from the ÉCU 2014 Official Selection are: “NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION” (Dir. Matthew VanDyke, USA), a documentary that recounts the Syrian revolution through the experiences of one young Syrian female photo-journalist. “WE WILL RIOT” (Dir. Romas Zabarauskas, Lithuania), a feature film that follows Luke, a DJ from an affluent New York family, who decides to fly to Lithuania to meet up with his roots. Another film in competition is “216 MONTHS” (Dir. Valentin Potier and Frédéric Potier, France), in which Maureen, a successful ventriloquist country and western singer, dealing with her 24 year-old unborn son. Also in the Official Selection is the short film “DAMN GIRL” (Dir. Kira Richards Hansen, Denmark); a coming-of-age story about Alex, a 12-year old tomboy.