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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.
The International Film Finance Forum
On the 18th of May Cannes will host its third annual "Film Finance Forum."
The Film Finance Forum was born when the financial market collapsed for the first time. The forum was then created, bringing together the world’s highest level of entertainment and financial authorities to discuss the impact of the film industry on the global economy.
The emphasis of the forum is mainly on the dialogue and interaction between all participants. Participants are asked to collaborate and share their insights on how to challenge the current situation of the financial market: What are the current trends?, How can the industry generate revenue through new distribution channels? and other pertinent questions.
Six panels will be held discussing these extremely interesting subjects:
1.) The Global State of the Film Industry/How to Get Films Financed and Made Today:
This panel deals with the new structures and capitals emerging in the current market. This calls to a different type of content that will be able to attract funds and raise finance. What approaches will be the best in this new scenario in this regard?
2.) Smart Money Strategies/Applying Risk Mitigation Across Borders:
This panel will consist of a group of experts who will address the latest strategies on how to reduce the risk of investment in order to make it a successful.
3.) The Impact of Piracy on Independent Film Production and Distribution
4.) International Co-Production/Finding Access to Partners and Utilizing Incentives Abroad:
During this panel discussion, a group of film commissioners will address the issues of the roles that co-productions are playing in the development of new projects. Main points will discuss distribution rights, legal issues, incentives and access to partnerships.
5.) US and Worldwide Sales and Distribution Strategies:
This panel will consist of distribution specialists who will discuss pre-sale strategies in various markets, the necessity of monetization on digital delivery platforms, (which are taking over the distribution channel), and emerging market trends.
6.) The Growing Importance of Documentaries:
Documentaries are becoming more and more important. With this regard, elements like the appropriate choice of content, proper marketing tools and different finance approaches are of core importance to leverage the proper funding.
by Lucia Palombino
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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