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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.
TRAILER: Much Better Now
"Much Better Now" is a new submission to ECU 2012. The main character is a bookmark, stuck in a forgotten book, in a life marked by standstill in a deserted room. One day wind knocks over the book and blows the bookmark onto the table, separating them. Unfolding hands and feet, the bookmark is swept back into the pages that turn into ocean waves and the two are reunited for a journey. With a surfboard it experiences its environment in a new way - wipe-outs, washouts and nosedives connect the hero to the ocean. The bookmark enjoys the ride of its life. As the book cover closes, the protagonist tries to get back into the book but fails. Light reveals other parts of the room packed with bookshelves and it faces new challenges. "Much Better Now" est une nouvelle entrée à l'ÉCU de 2012. Le personnage principal est un marque-page, coincé dans un livre perdu, dont la vie est au point mort dans une pièce déserte. Un jour, le vent renversa le livre et fit s'envoler le marque-page est renvoyé dans les pages du livre, transformées en vagues, les unifiant pour un voyage. Avec une planche de surf, il redécouvre son environnement - éliminations, fiascos et dégringolades, connectent le héros à l'océan. Le marque-page vécut alors la ballade de sa vie. Plus le livre se referme, plus le protagoniste essaye de retourner à l'intérieur du livre, mais échoue. La lumière révèle d'autres parties de la pièce, aménagées de plusieurs bibliothèques, offrant au marque-page de nouvelles possibilités.
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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