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This year ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has the pleasure of screening some of the best films from our partner festivals. These screenings will take place in special screening area dedicated specially for our partner festivals at Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris.

Anyone who have purchased a weekend, VIP or Programmers Pass to the festival or is part of the ÉCU Memeber’s Club has a free entrance to these screenings.

Avanca Film Festival from Portugal
Saturday March 31st
17:10 – 18:10

Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world visit the small town of Avanca, Portugal, because the festival summons them to share their work and their talent during several days of intense discovery. The festival seeks to promote new innovative audiovisual experiences and narrative techniques, ultimately leading to technological development in the film industry.

Avanca promotes several workshops lead by various cinema professionals from different countries, all the while hosting a film competition featuring quality works that are screened in different sessions over the course of the festival, and evaluated by an international jury. The aim is to assemble professionals, students and any general public interested in this form or art to bring quality cinema works to Portugal from around the world. The majority of the submissions come from Europe, yet each year the festival’s commitment to diversity presents itself through different areas of the works exhibited, ranging from the ideas, to the narrative and the design of each of the films screened.

At their special screening, Avanca is playing following films:

Schlager” – Official selection of Avanca 2011
Shadow Woman” – Official Selection of Avanca 2011
Oh, Paris!” – Best Animation Film at Avanca 2011 by Oleksandr Shmygun (Ukraine)
We Love Our Clients” – Official Selection of Avanca 2011
Voices” – Best Video Film at Avanca 2011 by Peter Bebjak (Slovakia)
The Baby” – Official Selection of Avanca 2011



“The Voice” by Peter Bebja




“Oh, Paris!” by Oleksandr Shmygun


JIFF – Jaipur International Film Festival in India
Saturday March 31st
18:25 – 19:25

Jaipur International Film Festival is the world’s fastest growing film festival, rocketing in size from just 148 films from 7 different countries on its first edition in 2009, to last year’s mammoth 600 films from 67 countries and over 15,000 visitors.

The four-day mega event will showcase films in various categories such as feature, short, animation and documentary. Here filmmakers from Hollywood and Bollywood are expected to turn up for the event. Besides giving awards in different categories, JIFF will organize the world premiere of the film winning in the Best Feature category on the cable TV network. Still directed by festival founder and former documentary producer, Hanu Roj, who next year will publish his personal work in the field of poetry and novel writing along with his autobiography, the purpose of the festival is to promote “newer movie makers, exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between India and other nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos.” With its new World’s Fabulous Red Carpet award ceremony, to be held on January 30th, the Jaipur International Film Festival, held in Rajasthan’s “pink city” of Jaipur, looks set to go from strength to strength.

The special screening of Jiff films will include:

Dilli” – Best Documentary at Jiff 2012, by Sushmit Ghosh & Rintuv Thomas (India). Also in the main competition of ÉCU 2012.
Dulce (Sweet)” – Special Jury Mention-Short films at Jiff 2012, by Ivan Ruiz Flores (Spain)
The Jar” – Best Animation Film at Jiff 2012, by Ali Ahmadi (Iran)
The Tigers, they are all dead” – Best Film at Jiff 2012, by Reema Sengupta (India)
LOC” – Best Animation in the category U-Turn Rajasthan Panorama at Jiff 2012, by Kuldeep Saini

“Dilli”  by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintuv Thomas

“Dulce” by Ivan Ruiz Flores

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The European Independent Film Festival discovers, promotes and projects only the BEST independent films from around the world every year in Paris, France.

The selected titles represent the pinnacle of contemporary filmmaking talent from around the world and compete for the title of "Europe's Best Independent Film".

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