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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 next and 8th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France in the early spring of 2013.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com.
Last Call for Submissions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The European Independent Film Festival 2009 submission deadline is January 15.
(PARIS, FRANCE) January 12, 2009.
Approximately one hundred films will be selected to compete in thirteen categories including features, shorts, documentaries, animation, student films and experimental. The festival’s ‘official selection’ will represent the pinnacle of contemporary filmmaking talent from around the world and compete for twenty-two awards including the prestigious title of “Europe’s Best Independent Film”. At ÉCU 2008, dozens of distribution agreements were signed, and several films were sold directly after their screening.
“I’m being continually amazed at the quality of films submitted to the festival. The idea that there are people all over the world united by their overwhelming desire to tell a masterful story, most often with limited resources, shows that the creative spirit of independent filmmakers is alive and kicking. I’m honoured that filmmakers continue to choose us to screen their films,” says Scott Hillier, President of The European Independent Film Festival. “We have only one week before the final deadline which means things are heating up for our selection committee. I guarantee an official selection slate that exemplifies the heart, soul and passion of independent filmmaking.
Since its inception four years ago, ÉCU has become the premier arena in Europe for independent filmmakers to screen their films to large international audiences, to network with producers, talent scouts, agents and distributors as well as exchange ideas with other indie filmmakers. The ÉCU festival is regularly referred to as Europe’s version of the Sundance Film Festival.
After the Paris festival screenings in March 2009, a selection of ÉCU’s official selection will be presented at our partner festivals around the World. Additionally, we are in the planning stages of organizing a whirlwind “US Tour” where a selection of ECU’s award-winning films will be screened in cinemas across America!
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2009. Independent filmmakers are invited to submit their films at www.ecufilmfestival.com.
About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival
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 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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