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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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End of Cannes Film Festival 2011

Now that the Cannes Film Festival has come to the end of its 12 day
run, we can say that 2011 was full of change and excitement! Lots of
fun, but definitely lots of work and preparation as well! The Closing
Ceremony dished out all the glamour that we have come to expect from the
Cannes Film festival, and DeNiro was more than willing to play the part
as this year’s Jury President, distributing the coveted trophies to the
winning directors and stars of the evening.

Despite some of the drama unleashed in the press conferences this
year, many of the films premiering this year were rather well received,
including Woody Allen’s opening film Midnight in Paris and director
Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, which won the coveted Palme d’Or this
year.

A full list of all of the films awarded this year can be found by clicking here.
Additionally, if you would like to learn more or get a sneak peak at
any of the films, a full list of trailers may be accessed here.

It’s not certain what another year of preparation and hype will bring
for next year’s 2012 Cannes Film Festival – but one thing is for sure,
and that’s that ÉCU will be there to partake in the excitement! You can
see more in depth coverage from this year’s festival by visiting our
“Live at Cannes” page on our website, found here.

Also check out our recently uploaded Facebook album with tons of great pictures from the event, here!

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Maintenant que le Festival de Cannes est arrivé à la fin des 12
jours, nous pouvons dire avec certitude que l’année 2011 était pleine de
changement et d’excitation ! La Cérémonie de Clôture avait tout le
glamour que nous attendions du festival de Cannes, et Robert DeNiro a
été plus que disposés à jouer le rôle du président du Jury, en
distribuant des trophées convoités aux réalisateurs et aux stars de la
soirée le 22 mai.

En dépit du drame qui s’est déclenché tout au long des conférences de
presse cette année, de nombreux films présentés cette année ont été
plutôt bien reçus, y compris le film d’ouverture de Woody Allen «
Midnight in Paris », et « The Tree of Life » réalisé par Terrence
Malick, qui a remporté la Palme d’Or très convoitée cette année.

Une liste complète de tous les films primés cette année est disponible ici.

En outre, si vous avez envie d’en savoir plus ou d’obtenir un
avant-goût de l’un des films, une liste complète des bandes-annonces est
disponible ici.

Il n’est pas certain qu’une autre année de préparation et de battage
publicitaire aura lieu pour le Festival de Cannes 2012 – mais une chose
est sûre, c’est que ÉCU sera là pour y participer ! Vous pouvez en
savoir plus sur le festival en visitant « Live at Cannes » sur notre
site Web en cliquant ici.

Et n’oubliez pas de consulter notre album Facebook avec des tonnes de belles photos de l’événement, ici.

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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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