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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

 

 


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

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 backgrounds, and are all united in their desire to screen films that will truly impress and inspire attendees. Because of this, ÉCU has even been rated as one of Europe’s Best Film Festivals by IndieWire.

 

“I’m so grateful and honoured […] your festival is an amazing opportunity to celebrate independent films and filmmakers.” – Iris Zaki, winner of Best European Independent Documentary, Women in Sink

 

“[I think] it’s important that festivals really do say they’re indie. Not just to look cool and feel indie, but promote indie filmmaking because movies you put out this weekend all deserve to be seen […]” Félipe Rodriguez, winner of Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature, Kidnap Capital

 

ÉCU has had a wide variety of events for attendees to participate in throughout the weekend. Following every screening session, there are Q&A’s where audience members can pose questions directly to the filmmakers. An assortment of workshops focusing on a number of subjects and hosted by industry professionals are available to all attendees. ÉCU is also a strong supporter of musicians and live music can be heard throughout the entirety of the weekend. Every evening there are amazing after parties where attendees and filmmakers can unwind, ideas can percolate, and a general good time can be had by all.

 

The next ÉCU, the 12th edition, will take place in 21st, 22nd and 23rd of April, 2017 in Paris, France.

Categories for films include:

 

EUROPEAN CATEGORIES 

- Dramatic Feature

- Dramatic Short

- Documentary

- Animated Film

- Music Video

- Experimental Film

- Comedy Film

 

NON-EUROPEAN CATEGORIES  

- Dramatic Feature

- Dramatic Short

- Documentary

 

WORLDWIDE (EUROPEAN AND NON-EUROPEAN) CATEGORIES:

- Student Film

- Arab Section

- Feature Script Competition

- Short Script Competition

 

Click here for more information on how to submit your film.  

FILM SUBMISSION DEADLINES:

- Early Bird Deadline: December 4th, 2016

- Regular Deadline: December 31st, 2016

- WithoutABox Extended Deadline: January 29th, 2017

- Script Competition Deadline: March 19th, 2017

 

The 2017 film Official Selection will be announced on March 1st 2017 and Script Competition shortlisted scripts on March 27th 2017.

 

Submit your film to ÉCU and compete with the best!

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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. 

 


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