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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 16th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place on 9th-11th April 2021. Now open for submissions!

 

 

 

For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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ÉCU’s Partner – International Film Festival Sax (FICS)

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The International Film Festival Sax (FICS) is a young and interesting festival held throughout the month of July in the picturesque town of Sax, near the coast and located in the center of the province of Alicante (Valencia Community ), Spain. The festival was created in July 2005 from the Association of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Sax (ACAS) and the idea of ​the founder of the association and the local young filmmaker Miguel Herrero Herrero. All activities and projections are mad...

10 Coolest Animated Music Videos

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  by Ariana Marsh Admittedly, before I started working for ÉCU my knowledge of music video genres was embarrassingly narrow. I was well versed in those that included catchy dance routines, the most bizarrely couture fashions, sickeningly impossible romantic love stories, and even those including all of the above PLUS million dollar cars, models and miraculous weather that rained cash. Basically, MTV had been my music video education. However, after poking around on v...

Interview with Rita Broka winner of Best European Independent Documentary with her film "M Ferma"

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ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival 2012 hosted its 7th edition, March 30th through April 1st where “M Farm” won Best European Documentary. Rita Broka worked as a journalist for an evening news programme called “Panorama,” a 90′s patriotic talkshow in Latvia.  Now she feels she has fully become a “film person.” This was especially felt after the National Film Centre in Latvia raised hope and mentioned they would honor several films  produced by Broka. ...

Online Contest: "Photo of the Festival"

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Hey Shutterbugs! We know you were going picture crazy at last weekend’s 2012 ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. And why not? There were some amazing moments to document. Well, we want to see your skills! Send us your best photo of the festival, whether it be a candid moment with a director or a fabulous afterparty shot, just make sure it’s something that you think represents the festival. The photo with the the most likes will be posted on our website, our Fa...

Interview with with ÉCU Official Selection film “Minute 200″ director, Frank Benitez

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Frank Benitez is young and talented filmmaker, who made it to ÉCU 2012 Official Selection with his film “Minute 200″. This interview was finished couple of weeks before the festival. By Alexander Acosta Osorio Q: Where does the inspiration for your short come from? A: Usually my inspiration comes from places I visit or just an image that sticks in my memory. In this case it was that of a house in my hometown, a dilapidated house that had a sign on the facade whic...

Oonagh Kearney : "Her Mother's Daughters" Interview

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by Alexander Acosta Osorio ÉCU 2012 winner for Best Editing “Her Mother’s Daughters”, director Ooanagh Kearney dishes on her film as well as inspiration, challenges and what the future holds for her. This interview was written couple of weeks before ÉCU 2012 festival. “Her Mother’s Daughters”  tells the story of an older woman who stands by a window in an empty house. Her daughters have flown the nest.  As she waits for them to call, their memory is brought ...

Winners of ÉCU 2012

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Best European Independent Film 2012 – “Berlinoises”  by Rocco Labbé (France) Best Short Script – “The Chicken” by Una Gunjak (UK) Best Feature Script – “Sole” by Allee Pitaccio (USA) The European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking – “Drawing a Smile” by ICFF (Cyprus) Best Independent Experimental Film – “Achantè” by Emily McMehen (Canada) Best Student Film – “Callum” by Michael Van Der Put (UK) Best Non-European Ind...

ECU Film Festival - Day Three

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  It's about a quarter past four on the third day of the film festival and, due to a slight delay in scheduling, director Alan Arrivée is fielding questions about his film, The Man at the Door, from the audience members assembled outside the Action Christine cinema.  Ostensibly about the intrusion of an apparently threatening Mexican immigrant into the tightly locked home of a recently separated American woman, for Arrivée the film is a metaphor for relations between Mexico and ...

ECU Film Festival Day Two - Part Two

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    It's nearly one am on the night of the second day of the ECU Film Festival, and while Belgian musician, Karim Baqqili, spins out some wild gypsy jazz on an oud, Patrick Chadwick is talking to me about Icelandic weather patterns.   We're milling around at the after-party at Les Voutes Saint Paul after a long day of screenings. The wine is flowing, in another room somewhere in this strangely cavernous place people are dancing to MGMT with champagne flutes in...

ECU Film Festival - Day Two

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It's about a quarter to one on the second day of the festival and Pablo Tourrenc has just revealed to a room full of school children that Kid Cudi is habitually four or five hours late to turn up on the set of his video shoots. This is a fact that they will keep with them and treasure, spreading it around the playground like a bad case of measles. Pablo's been taking us through the basics of budgeting, scheduling and on-set parking - with a helpful reminder to always be prepared fo...

ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE

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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE It’s nearly half past six on the evening of the first day of the seventh European Independent Film Festival. Strains of smoky jazz, a snaking baritone sax line, filters through from the trio set up in the festival foyer, making its way to the little marquee where, even now,  film-makers are assembling for the welcome glass of wine or vitamin water. Amongst the group festival president, Scott Hillier, will later refer to as a “crazed bunch ...

Journalist, Hermann Djoumessi, gives his impression about the festival:

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HERMANN DJOUMESSI, a journalist for Vingt Paris and The Guardian, swung by the social media counter to give us his thoughts about the festival.    "I really enjoyed how filmmaker friendly the festival is. You can actually touch them," Djoumessi cheerily comments. This is Djoumessi's second festival. He loves the feeling that surrounds the event. The ability to watch films and then immediately after talk to the director is phenomenal and is a pleasurable experience to ...

LIVE-STREAMING ÉCU’S OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT

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Upset that you cannot attend the ÉCU? We have found a solution to your sorrow by bringing our premier LIVE to your home! No matter where you are, tomorrow evening at 8 PM ECU’s premier will be streaming live on our website. Make sure you tap into this event in person or online!! Pas content de ne pas pouvoir assister à ÉCU? Nous avons trouvé une solution à votre malheur en amenant la première chez vous en LIVE! Peu importe l’endroit où vous vivez, demain soir à 20h00 ...

INTERVIEW WITH ÉCU 2011 WINNERS, FABIEN AND GABRIELLA FROM 27M2

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As we count down to ÉCU 2012, we decided to sit down with the directors of last year’s Film of the Festival, 27m2, Gabriella Cserhati and Fabien Lartigue and discuss their experience with ÉCU, then and now, and their thoughts on independent filmmaking. What was it like participating in ÉCU 2011? Fabien: It was very cool. Was this your first festival? Gabriella: For this film it was the first festival, yeah. It was great, we didn’t believe it. Actually we were so su...

NIKOLA CHAPELLE WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Nikola Chapelle: The role of sound, from pre-production to post-production, is a vital aspect of filmmaking and Nikola Chapelle is here to help in a specifically designed workshop! It will focus on good quality sound mixing to boost the overall impression of a film and provide useful tips and suggestions. So do you dream of establishing a strong director and sound mixer relationship? If so, this workshop is not to be missed! Be sure to head to the Grand Salle at the Action Christine on Sunday ...

PABLO TOURRENC WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Pablo Tourrenc: Has the whole process of filming and the production required to lift a film off the ground ever seemed difficult and daunting? Well Pablo Tourrenc is an expert and is here to advise you all about “Hands on Production”! He will give a general overview of what is needed to make a film and the craftsmanship of production, working from the initial script to the completed film. With a host of international and famed clients for music videos, documentaries, TV shows as well as f...

CHARLES WEINSTEIN WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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Charles Weinstein: Are you an actor in search of improving your craft? Or interested in entering the film industry and eager to get a head start in the industry? Charles Weinstein is providing a workshop for YOU! A film director from New York City and having worked with big names such as Laura Linney, Calista Flockhart and Michael Imperioli at Film Acting Paris (FAP), Weinstein is an expert on coaching aspiring actors in all areas, including castings, screen tests and television and film role...

SCREENING OUR PARTNER FESTIVALS AT ÉCU 2012- AVANCA AND JIFF

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This year ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival has the pleasure of screening some of the best films from our partner festivals. These screenings will take place in special screening area dedicated specially for our partner festivals at Les 7 Parnassiens, 98 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris. Anyone who have purchased a weekend, VIP or Programmers Pass to the festival or is part of the ÉCU Memeber’s Club has a free entrance to these screenings. Avanca Film Festival ...

Live Music at ÉCU

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If you are a fan of Rock, Jazz, Folk, Americana, or Pop music – or even a mixture of all five – then you are in for a dance-inducing, awesome weekend with ÉCU. Brought to you by our partner, Access Film Music, six incredible and diverse musical acts from four countries have been confirmed to perform at this year’s festival. Bringing with them the coolest and most unique new tunes from their respective cities in a buffet of styles, these artists personify true creative innovati...

European Premieres at ÉCU 2012!

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ÉCU 2012 is hosting a huge number of films from all over the world and we are lucky enough to be the stage for several films making their European debut! So not only will cinemas full with ÉCU audience members be witnessing these talented works but it is just the beginning for these filmmakers and their films. The ÉCU European Independent Film Festival does not take this responsibility lightly and is hard at work making sure this festival is going to be the best one yet. With a range of a...

ANTOINE VAREILLE WORKSHOP AT ÉCU 2012

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  Antoine Vareille 7 Parnassiens Grand Salle April 1st 10:45 – 11:45 Are you interested in the general process of post production editing? Could you benefit from learning more about the work and skill required to make the most of this stage of filmmaking? Antoine Vareille is providing a workshop for exactly that! Using his vast experience from a number of films, including the position of editor-in-chief for the film ‘Fatal’, the TV documentary series ‘Intimate Portra...

ÉCU 2012 Partner Festival: Cape Winelands Film Festival

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Cape Winelands Film Festival, South Africa, 14th – 24th March Do you like your film festivals to come accompanied by a wine tasting, a cooking demonstration, and some live entertainment? Perhaps catch a glimpse of the odd celebrity mingling amongst the festival goers? Then the Cape Winelands Festival in Stellenbosch, Western Cape of South Africa, could be just the festival for you. A ten day long celebration of South African film plus the best of international cinema set in a med...

World Premieres at ÉCU 2012

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ÉCU 2012 is going to be showcasing 101 films from 33 countries all over the world and for NINE of the films this is going to be their WORLD premiere. It is a privilege for us to be able to showcase their films for the first time and see them vie for over twenty awards, including the prestigious “Best European Independent Film 2012” title! It is so exciting to see the incredible films in contention and a real honour to be able to congratulate a talented filmmaker with this awar...

Alan Arrivée Workshop at ÉCU 2012

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Alan Arrivée Have you ever had an incredible dream that’s so vivid its practically begging to be turned into a film? Well, Alan Arrivée, a filmmaker and writer is here to help! Best known for the film “Silent Radio” in which he wrote, directed and produced, Arrivée will discuss why we actually believe in our most outlandish dreams while we are dreaming? How is it that the fantastical, unrealistic nature of dreams doesn’t startle us out of our sleep? ...

Tickets to ÉCU Film Festival 2012

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Less than 2 weeks until the ÉCU 2012 Film Festival! It's approaching fast so don't forget to buy your tickets. They're ON SALE now at http://ecu.festivalgenius.com/2012/films. // Moins de deux semaines jusqu'à ce que le Festival du Film! Il est approchant à grands pas alors n'oubliez pas d'acheter vos tickets pour ECU 2012, ils sont en vente maintenant à http://ecu.festivalgenius.com/2012/films. ...

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
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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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