Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

Filmfestivals.com + fest21.com merger

 

 

Enjoy here the best of both worlds: Portal with Film & Fest News and Social network for the festival community.  

Since 1995 we connect films to festivals and document the world of festivals worldwide.
We offer the most comprehensive festival directory of 6 000 festivals, browse festival blogs, film blogs...and promote yourself for free.

User login

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 56 guests online.

ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival


ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

 
The 12th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival took place in Paris, France in 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April, 2017.
 
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


feed

Movie Review Throwback: Requiem for a Dream

user
American heavyweight filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s surrealist, provocative and disquieting cinematic style has garnered him a highly subversive status throughout the length of his career for the agonizingly violent, austerely sombre and penetratingly frank portrayals of his subject matter imbued at the core of human life. A deep entanglement of lost happiness, distant love, tortured pain and a yearning for fame permeates Aronofsky’s second directorial fea...

Spotlight: Guillaume Canet

user
  Guillaume Canet’s sensational, highly diverse acting career has garnered him a reputation rendering him a household name in his native France, as well earning him significant recognition internationally. The celebrated film figure has also thrived in forging the notoriously tricky transition from acting to directing, a delicate evolution that takes as much brazen pluck as it does sensitive astuteness. Indeed, Canet’s gradual shift into directorial wor...

ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2017 is OPEN for SUBMISSIONS!

user
ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has been dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent filmmakers from around the world for twelve years now. Often described as Europe’s answer to Sundance, our annual festival showcases films that demonstrate quality, innovation, and creativity in both form and content. These qualities are judged in 14 categories, and compete for 25 awards. Jury members come from around the globe, have a variety of backgr...

Call for Submissions - ÉCU 2014

user
  SUBMISSIONS FOR ÉCU 2014 ARE NOW OPEN! **2014 Festival Dates – 4th, 5th, 6th April** Stories are created every day, imagined or real, and the world is 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 independ...

Spotlight: Greta Gerwig

user
  Greta Gerwig, with full name Greta Celeste Gerwig, is a fascinating actress for ÉCU, because she is known as one of the main participants in the so called Mumblecore mouvement, which is characterized as a sub genre of the American independent film. This genre is mainly focusing on low budget production values and amateur actors who engage in a very naturalistic dialogue. Greta Gerwig was on the 4th of August 1983 in the U.S., more specifically in Sacramento, California. As on...

Spotlight: Haifaa Al Mansour

user
  Can you imagine making a movie in a country that has no movie theaters and in which the film industry is totally inexistent? Haifaa Al Mansour didn’t just imagine it but she actually did it. This week’s spotlight is presenting you Saudi Arabia’s first female director that realized the first full-length feature to be shot entirely in Saudi Arabia. Being a woman in Saudi means facing an “opaque” universe daily. Starting with the black colours of the cloth...

Deadline for Submissions to ÉCU is approaching!

user
For all the independent filmmakers out there; Early bird deadline for submitting your films to ÉCU is set on November 18, 2012! AsBenjamin Franklin once said; 'You may delay, but time will not!'  Submit your film now on http://www.ecufilmf estival.com/?page_id=13048&lang=en   À tous les cinéastes indépendants; la deadline Early Bird pour envoyer vos films à ÉCU c'est le 18 Novembre 2012! Comme l'a dit un jour Benjamin Frankl...

Winners of ÉCU 2012 screened by Naperville Independent Film Festival

user
Big thank you to our partners Naperville Independent Film Festival for screening ALL 23 winners from ÉCU 2012 - what a great honor to our filmmakers! /// Un grand Merci à notre partenaire Naperville Independent Film Festival pour avoir projeté les 23 films gagnants d'ÉCU 2012 - quel honneur pour nos réalisateurs! ...

Chalky

user
 Gracie Otto, an ÉCU Alumni from the 2006 festival is working on her new feature documentary Chalky on legendary British producer Michael White, possibly the best known and most loved man in the world of theatre, film and celebrity. Want to  support this project? Then click on the link above. // Gracie Otto, un cinéaste du Festival ÉCU 2006 travaille sur son nouveau documentaire "Chalky" sur le célèbre producteur anglais Michael W...

ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING”

user
  ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING” ÉCU is a strong supporter of the unbridled creativity which is afforded to indie filmmakers, but acknowledges the difficulties in financing costs. This week the spotlight is on the acclaimed American screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who defies conventions and creates inspiringly innovative work. In September he raised twice the $200,000 budget required to produce his upcoming animat...

ÉCU AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

user
 The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is North America’s most favoured 11 days for independent film. For 36 years, TIFF has provided an audience driven environment where independent filmmakers can premiere their work, and Canadian film has the opportunity to be presented on an international level. Film festivals and Canada were on my mind as I waited to have an interview with Manon Briand, a Quebecois director whose new feature film “Liverpool” was showing in TI...

ÉCU’S PARTNER RO-IFF FILM FESTIVAL

user
This Romanian Festival, founded in 2005 by the “Artis Foundation” film production, it is the only international film festival that, from the very beginning, looked towards the Black Sea region’s film industry, doing something different. The festival has grown every year and became noticed abroad due to the quality of the submitted movies as well as the events included in the official program. Since 2007 each edition is held under the High Patronage of the Romanian President. Ro-IFF i...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Emmett Scanlan

user
Here at ÉCU we wish to celebrate the most adroit talents in indie cinema today and seek out the finest actors who display passion, intensity and ingenuity in their work. This week’s spotlight is on Dublin born actor Emmett Scanlan who starred as Charlie Barnum in the dark Irish film Charlie Casanova (2010), a part which won him Best Actor at the ÉCU 2011 awards. Scanlan was carefully chosen for this award out of the all the actors who featured in the 77 films from 26 different countrie...

ÉCU’S PARTNER OPEN SAINT PETERSBURG STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL BEGINNING – A YOUNG SPRINGBOARD

user
Founded by Saint Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival, The Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of Saint Petersburg Government. The Film Festival “Beginning” represents a very important opportunity for independent and new cinema in Saint Petersburg. Every year the city at the Neva River welcomes young filmmakers, documentarians, directors, script writers, sound producers and all representatives i...

ÉCU’S PARTNER OPEN SAINT PETERSBURG STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL BEGINNING

user
Founded by Saint Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival, The Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of Saint Petersburg Government. The Film Festival “Beginning” represents a very important opportunity for independent and new cinema in Saint Petersburg. Every year the city at the Neva River welcomes young filmmakers, documentarians, directors, script writers, sound producers and all representatives...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: CATHERINE DENEUVE

user
ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CATHERINE DENEUVE – THE QUEEN OF FRENCH CINEMA Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema by Alessia Massa If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is able to strike the heart’s chords; it can make you smile, touch you,...

JOIN THE ÉCU TEAM

user
Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is a great opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the fantastic world of cinema while working with a cool international team in the heart of Paris. ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival, one of Europe’s leading festivals for Indie filmmakers, needs YOU to ensure the success of the festival’s 8th edition. We are looking for open-minded, hard-working, autonomous and really fun people...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Marcel Carné

user
This week the spotlight is on Marcel Carné, an innovative filmmaker who led the poetic realism movement and was arguably considered the most admired French filmmaker of his era. He produced his great works just before the mid-twentieth century, some of which include; “Quai de Brumes” (1938); “Les Portes de la Nuit” (1946); and “Le Jour se lève” (1939). In 1936 Carné directed his first full length feature film “Jenny” and it was with the production of this fil...

Chunchi - the people of the children suicides

user
The French psychologist Olivia de Groc, joins the project to promote a case study on the situation of the children in Chunchi. The study will be allocated to associations as ANAR Foundation, NGOs like Volunteer Ecuador and all contributors involved in the project. Help us! THE DOCUMENTARY In a small town in Ecuador at 2, 280 metres above sea level, sixty two children have commited suicide over the last five years from hanging themselves, ingesting rat poison, solvents, gunpowder from fir...

ÉCU’s Partners Four River Film Festival and Youth Film Festival – The Yellow carpet

user
ÉCU’s Partners Four River Film Festival and Youth Film Festival – The Yellow carpet     From 12th to 15th September 2012, the 17th Youth Film Festival and the 5th Four River Festival will become the most important place for Croatian as well as international high school film. Thanks to the organization of the Croatian Film Association and the Cinema Club Karlovac, the city of Karlovac will again “become yellow” and about 160 high school kids from all over the ...

G-Technology driven creativity competition

user
     "G-Technology's Driven Creativity Competition is on the search for most inspiring and driven creativity - rewarding not just the aestetic qualities of your entry but also the innovation and drive. Entry is FREE and the competition is for pros and amateurs across Europe. Have your creative drive rewarded with G-Technology storage system or €5,000 towards your next project!"  http://g-technology.eu/competition/ ...

WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN SEPTEMBER

user
Sigh…. It is the time of the la rentrée, or the return from vacation for most Parisians and we all know what that means… summer is almost finish. But that’s no reason to cry! With everyone back in town again, and the hustle and bustle about, there are plenty of  things to do and see!   Event: “Musical Fountains” at the Chateau de Versailles Details: Enjoy the last month of sun and warmth surrounded by the gorgeous gardens of Versailles. During the month of Sep...

ÉCU Special Screening - Thanks to OPEN CINEMA

user
Big thanks to our partners OPEN CINEMA Film Festival in Russia who hosted ÉCU Special Screening of Berlinoises,The Return (Kthimi), A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensations and Zoltan: The Hungarian Gangster of Love the end of August. Here  is a little collage from the evening. /// Un grand merci a nos partenaires OPEN CINEMA Film Festival en Russie qui ont organise la projection des films ÉCU- "Berlinoises", "A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensations", "The Retur...

SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FERRARI – AN ACTRESS PER CHANCE, AN ARTIST BY VOCATION

user
This week ÉCU is spotlighting Isabella Ferrari, an Italian actress and Jury member of the International Jury Prize “Luigi De Laurentiis” at the 69 edition of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festivals in the world. Isabella is also one of the most beloved actresses of “auteur Italian independent cinema”, highly esteemed by film buffs. Isabella Ferrari was born in Ponte dell’Oglio, near to Piacenza, on March 31st, 1964. Over the years she has worked in Italy and abroad, w...

ÉCU's Partner Early Bird is now open for submissions!!

user
American Foundation for Bulgaria has the pleasure to invite you to participate in the selection for the program of the 8-th Students’ Film Festival EARLY BIRD! “Early Bird” is open for national and European participation. All students from European universities/schools, who have not still completed their education in film/tv are invited to enter for competition fiction, documentary or animation student films produced in the school. The films sent for selection m...

Deals

    

About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival

Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  

Hillier began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 

Hillier moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

Hillier studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 

 


Paris

France



View my profile
Send me a message

User images

gersbach.net