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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at





October means that autumn is officially here, but it’s not time to snuggle with hot cup of tea just yet, because there is so much to do and to see in Paris this month, that you can’t stay at home!

A day without cars in Paris – 1st  Octobre 

On the first of October from 11:00 – 18:00 All the streets of Paris will be free of cars! Enjoy this beautiful day by walking or biking everywhere! Why you might ask? The day is organized to decrease the air and noise pollution in the city, to increase awareness of the huge climatic problems we’re facing and prove that there are plenty of other options how to commute in the city. More information here


Festival d’automne 13th September – 6th January

The Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival) is a festival of contemporary arts, embracing and combining different art forms, happening from September until January. Although the events stretch into January, October is definitely not to be missed! Check out the programme and get your tickets, because there are great things to come – Forced Entertainment, Tim Etchells, Romeo Castellucci, Jerome Bel and so many more amazing artists! 


Nuit Blanche – White Night – 7th October

The annual Nuit Blanche offers a vast number of opportunities to enjoy all around Paris all night long. There will be a lot of things happening in museums, galleries, cafés and other venues, so take a look at the lineup and have an artsy night out! Not to mention the metro lines 1 and 12 will be running all night FOR FREE, so there is no excuse to stay home.


Montmartre Wine Harvest – 11th – 14th October

There is something great about working with your hands, in the fresh autumn air while being a part of making possibly “the best wine ever”. Okay, you won’t be able to actually make the wine, but you can drink it! The harvest festival offers the opportunity to see the Parisian vineyards, savor the wine tastings and taste the local food specialities. There will be music, street performances and so much more.  So, wine lovers and autumn aficionados unite and enjoy  the Vendanges de Montmartre or Montmartre Wine Harvest. The full programme is available  here

International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) 19th – 22th October

FIAC is coming back to Paris and showing off the best of contemporary and modern art of the world. The Art Fair is taking place in the amazing Grand Palais and brings together the works of thousands of artists from around the globe. In the words of FIAC – they’re “fresh, eclectic and edgy. A must in the autumn calendar.” More information is on FIAC’s website.


Salon du Chocolat 28th October – 1st November

Salon du Chocolat brings the world’s best and most delicious chocolate all in one place. A true celebration for chocolate lovers! Exhibitions includes cooking workshops, chocolate tasting classes, samples of new tastes of chocolates, chocolate making demonstrations, and  chocolatey bookshop! Entrance fee is 14€ for adults, 6,50€ for children and the entrance is free for children under 3 years. There’s also the family ticket for 37€. You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate and it’s kind of the same thing.

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott



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.  
Scott 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. 

He 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.

Scott 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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