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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 9th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival took place in Paris, France in the early spring of 2014, April 4-6. 
 
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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ÉCU 2012 MAIN VENUE – LES 7 PARNASSIENS

Les 7 Parnassiens (www.parnassiens.com) is one of many cinemas in Montparnasse, yet it is one of the most authentic and distinctive cinemas of them all. It offers the advantage of completely original programming, offering rare films not to be found anywhere else in the area. Les 7 Parnassiens can proudly boast a tradition of offering unknown works and independent films from all over the world to the general public.

The cinema on Boulevard du Montparnasse was the first in the area to show films in their original language and this vocation has been unchanged for nearly twenty years. With a varied programme of shorts, features, subtitled foreign films and documentaries, no blockbuster movies are to be found in this cinema!

Besides the seven auditoriums, holding between 31 and 265 seats, the cinema also offers previews, conferences, and concerts. It also includes the opportunity to enjoy a drink in the garden or in one of the cultural spaces dedicated to all forms of art.

Les 7 Parnassiens venue is located in the artistic area of Montparnasse that became well know in the early 20th century because of its intellectual and creative atmosphere. The district in the south of Paris became a home to all kinds of artists, drawn by the cheap rent and the inspiring individuals living there. They met at the many cafés and bars around Montparnasse to exchange ideas and soak up the ambiance.

Writers, poets, painters, and many more, came from all over the world to visit and to experience the quartier’s distinctive way of life – even though conditions could be very primitive. Most apartments were tiny studios with no running water or central heating. These conditions have changed for the better today, but the artistic spirit remains.

Going to the cinema here, you can find yourself entering a different world with completely different ideas and values to the world you are used to. That is what makes les 7 Parnassiens the ideal venue to host ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2012. Progressive values, an independent spirit, and a thoroughgoing commitment to the full diversity of the cinematic art: shared ideals for a perfect partnership.

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
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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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