European Cinematography AWARDS (ECA) is a monthly film competition for filmmakers worldwide. We support new and student film-makers, who are just beginning their careers with a supportive and enthusiastic audience for their creative efforts and giving them access to film industry professionals who can offer guidance and other forms of career assistance.
ECA film industry specialists announce semi-finalists, finalists and winners each month. Each year we select ONE Best Of The Best (from all categories) and the prize is the Golden Eagle Trophy.
We only award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. Our judges evaluate the quality of filmmaking, creativity, and storytelling ability. Our mission is to promote films, and be another step up in the filmmakers’ careers.
Winners receive laurels & certificates.
“In a Heartbeat”
Director: Esteban Bravo and Beth David
European Cinematography AWARDS
WINNER - Best Animation Short, March 2017
Student Academy Awards
WINNER - Best Animated Short, 2017
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Great Festival. Great communications. It was an honor to be part of it.
I am so glad to be chosen by European Cinematography AWARDS. just wish I could have been at the festival!
A competition of excellence standard. I recommend it!
Great festival! I was very happy to win Best Woman Director with my film DMUS, so thank you so much! Honoured and grateful! I'll certainly submit my new movies.
Enjoyed submitting to this festival. Great communication and answered every question I had. Awesome being selected and it helped in a few networking events.
Guys, experience, like any experience, is the most positive! Continue on, do not be bored and I'll soon be drawing with another great movie!! Thank you for your time and attention!!!
Great festival!! Thank you for showcasing my film.
Great festival. Recommend everybody to participate !
Every Winner of the category will receive a personalized certificate with an online verification.
We award the best independent filmmakers after a comprehensive evaluation process. The course is divided into several stages:
> Winner of the Category
> Best Film of the Month (Official Selection)
> Best Film of the Year
Cinematography AWARDS officially called the “Golden Eagle” is an award in the form of a statuette for outstanding achievements in the field of cinematography.
The trophy is handed during the award ceremony of the film festival within the year:
– Director – The Best Film Of The Year
– Cinematographer – The Best Cinematographer Of The Year
BEST SCREENPLAY PRIZE:
Three Best Screenplays of the Year will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents.
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Submission Rules and Terms of Agreement:
The film festival works under the Cinematography Awards Foundation, an association of film festivals which highlight excellence in cinematography. It is legally established and is managed by film industry professionals.
A body supervising the foundation: The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Monthly submissions for the 4th edition of European Cinematography Awards (ECA) is open to short films, feature films and videos of any genre.
All films must be presented in their original language with English subtitle.
Films must have been completed after 1 January 2015. Premiere status is not required.
Films submitted for consideration in the previous ECA editions are eligible for re-submission only if there are significant rework done to the films.
Short film entries must not exceed a running time of 30 minutes.
Student films and videos must present proper documentations from their academic institution, example: academic ID of the director/producer or a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser or institution. Any films submitted as student film without proper identification will be disqualified in the category.
Student films must be submitted no later than one year after graduation.
All submitted films and/or videos must pay the necessary entry fee. Student entries are eligible for discounted fees.
On our Instagram or Facebook pages, we show only the best part of ourselves, the “beautiful” part of our lives. We hide in this fake. We are so immersed in the process of creating our ideal virtual personality that we forget about real life. We forget the simple truth that beauty is inside.
The film subtilely focuses on a social issue that has global reach: how we perceive and judge ourselves and the others in a world dominated by social media.
American Mirror – Intimations of Immortality’ was most awarded film at its premiere on October 21, 2018, at the 5th DOC LA Los Angeles Documentary Film Festival, garnering Best Innovative Film, Best Composer, Best Cinematography and Parajanov-Vartanov Award. A jury presided over by two-time Academy award-winner Paul Haggis for Fabrique Du Cinema Awards (presented by Fabrique Du Cinema, the leading film magazine of Italy, bestowed on the film the Best International Documentary award in Rome, December 15th, 2018. Other accolades include Best Cinematography and Best Innovative Film at 13th Pomegranate Film Festival (Toronto, November 2018.) The film is a Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019 Official Selection, among other twenty official selections around the world in 2020.
The Best Film of the Month has the Official Selection to Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in the cinema.The rest films for the live screening jury will select from all Winners during a year. We will present the full list of selected films until the Notification Date.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM – Artur Balder
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Mark Petrie & Andrew Prahlow
BEST LEAD ACTING – Susan Sarandon
Arthur Balder has been honored with two consecutive Best Documentary of the Year awards by the Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York for his previous works as a filmmaker (2015 and 2016), his films have won the Fabrique Du Cinema Award 2018 Best International Documentary and the Parajanov-Vartanov Award 2018, as well as the Lady Of the Victory of the Critics Circle of Mexico (2015) as a further Latin-American recognition, along with that of the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors of New York (HOLA Awards 2016) as Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. In his documentary films he has sought from the set-out to defy the boundaries between documentary and fiction.
His films have garnered nominations and / or official selections at Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, DOC LA, Carthage Film Festival (Oscar-qualifying), Black Nights Film Festival of Tallinn (FIAPF competitive feature length), Parajanov-Vartanov Institute of Los Angeles, Gijon International Film Festival (Spain, FIAPF competitive), Golden Door International Film Festival (Jersey City), and have screened at such iconic venues as Egyptian Theater, American Cinematheque, Los Angeles, and the main theatres of the MoMA.
All Winners of the Categories – JULY:
The best films. Congratulations to All Filmmakers !!!
Known For: “Skyscraper” “The Revenant ” John Wick: Chapter 2″
Edit: Richard Pearson
Known For: “United 93” “Men in Black II” “007 Quantum of Solace”
POST: Company 3
Known For: “Transformers” “XXX” “Jack Reacher”
Golden Eagles 2019
Pathé Tuschinski Amsterdam
Films selected to the Live Screening - Amsterdam 2020
Best Film of the Month has the Official Selection to Golden Eagles AWARDS and guaranteed screening in the cinema.
The rest of the films for the live screening will be selected by the jury from all the category winners within the year. We will present the full list of selected winners on a date to be announced later.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Main Category)
BEST STUDENT CINEMATOGRAPHY (Main Category)
BEST DOCUMENTARY CINEMATOGRAPHY (Main Category)
BEST ANIMATION CINEMATOGRAPHY (Main Category)
BEST AERIAL CINEMATOGRAPHY (Main Category)
BEST SHORT FILM (Main Category)
BEST FEATURE FILM (Main Category)
BEST STUDENT FILM (Main Category)
BEST ANIMATION FILM (Main Category)
BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM (Main Category)
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM (Main Category)
BEST EUROPE FILM (Main Category)
BEST MUSIC VIDEO (Main Category)
BEST NATURE/TRAVEL FILM (Main Category)
BEST SCREENPLAY (Main Category)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER (Additional Fee Category)
BEST DIRECTOR (Additional Fee Category)
BEST FIRST TIME DIRECTOR (Additional Fee Category)
BEST LGBT FILM (Additional Fee Category)
BEST COMMERCIAL (Additional Fee Category)
BEST LIGHTING DESIGN (Additional Fee Category)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS (Additional Fee Category)
BEST EDITING (Additional Fee Category)
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN (Additional Fee Category)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN (Additional Fee Category)
BEST SOUND (Additional Fee Category)
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (Additional Fee Category)
BEST SONG (Additional Fee Category)
BEST LEAD ACTING (Additional Fee Category)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTING (Additional Fee Category)
BEST FILM POSTER (Additional Fee Category)
Marcel Iures – Octav (2017)
WINNER - Best Actor
Last Festival News
We are starting the 4th Edition of European Cinematography AWARDS.
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This month Student & Gold Members Discount
Every month, we are proud of the festival Winners:
Winner Best Actress
Winner Best Horror
Ziryab Ben Brahem
Best St. Cinematographer - ``The Negative`` is the only film shot and finished in the Vistavision format since 1960's.
This is a fantastic European Film Festival where talent truly matters. I am indeed grateful and proud that my feature film “Julia 17” is a semi-finalist at this significant film festival. I am a young filmmaker and the honest appreciation for my work is what makes me very happy and it gives me the best motivation to continue working in films and to return with new projects. Many thanks to the Jury and the Festival members. This is the unforgettable beginning of my career and I am so happy that you're a part of. Wishing you “European Cinematography Awards Film Festival “ always lots of great recognition around the world. Sincerely yours, Andreea Boyer
Thank You Andreea for warm words about our work. We are pretty happy that we can give you the motivation to continue work in films. Good Luck!
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