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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.
ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour
For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across.
Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help of over 60 (and quickly growing) partner festivals. During these festivals, some of our “Official Selection” films are screened, which furthers the size of our directors audience and their creative voices. In adding to the number of viewers, we are able to champion ÉCU’s belief in our directors and passion for independent cinema. This action alone makes our storytellers voices heard, their creativity made known, and allows them possibilities they would otherwise might not have had.
In October of last year, we had the opportunity to take ÉCU to Tbilisi, Georgia with a three day festival called “ÉCU in Georgia.” Through the help of an intern, Ellen Dumbadze and other supporters, such as the Georgian Ministry of Culture and the Georgian National Film Center the event was made possible and was a huge success. Four time Academy Award winner for Sound Direction, Mark Berger, even attended the event. Berger wants to build a new generation of filmmakers and supports events like ÉCU -The European Independent Film Festival who foster the same beliefs. We hope to do other similar events like “ÉCU in Georgia” again this year.
As a festival for filmmakers, it is important for ÉCU to go on the road and tour our films. Through events like the ones mentioned above, we have to ability to changes lives, forge relationships, further creation and artistic expression, and encourage a new generation of filmmaking and film-goers. We will be going on the road soon, now that ÉCU 2012 is finished. ÉCU has already confirmed screenings at Naperville Independent Film Festival in the United States, Outbox Short Film Festival in Lebanon, OPEN CINEMA Film Festival in Russia, and hopes for many others. Maybe we will run into you!
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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