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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. 

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Animated Films at ÉCU 2011

We are happy to bring you 5 animated films, that made it to the official selection of ÉCU 2011.

From Germany “Adveniat Regnum Meum” (dir Stefanie Katja Ernst)

Screening: Saturday,2nd of April, Session 3 (PSG3)
We are living in a world of victims and offenders. Male sexual desire
and aggressive abuse contrast with beatitudes, delivered by a woman who
appears in a red fog between several violent episodes. Eventually
stepping out of the fog, the woman is included in the story. Looking for
happiness she discovers her own instincts and holy pleasure, becoming a
martyr, a heroin amongst good and evil!

From Portugal “Conto do Vento” (Dir. Claudio Jordao & Nelson Martins)
Screening: Sunday, 3rd of April, Session 16 (ADG1)
Salva had the gift of feeling the life of nature through her body. She
lived in the forest across the river with Ábia his mother and she was
happy until the day her life changed. Men and women of the village
forced her to watch the burning of her mother accused of witchcraft.
Years later the fear that the villagers had to her mother is the same
that move them against her.

From France “Lavomatic” (Dir. Dan S. Carter)

Screening: Sunday, 3rd of April, Session 14 (PDP1)
A young boy with an absent father. A spent afternoon watching the washing machine. A daydreaming becomes an initiatory trip.

From Netherlands “Miss Daisy Cutter” (Dir. Laen Sanches)
Screening: Sunday, 3rd of April, Session 13 (PDG4)
“Miss Daisy Cutter” is an animated short film by French director Laen
Sanches featuring the song ‘Nux Vomica’ by The Veils. If Walt Disney
took some bad acid this is what his trip would look like. Don’t say we
didn’t warn you.

From Poland “Paths of Hate” (Dir. Damian Nenow)

Screening: Opening Night, 1st of April
Focusing on combat. The dimension of fighting is irrelevant, as well as
the ideology behind it. It doesn’t matter if two people are involved or
millions. What remains are only scars – bloody traces, paths of hate.
“Paths of Hate” is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in
the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind
hate, fury and rage. Falling into that abyss inevitably leads to
downright destruction and extinction.



Les Films d’Animations d’ÉCU 2011

ÉCU est heureux de vous présenter 5 animations qui ont été faites pour la sélection officielle de 2011De l’Allemagne «Adveniat Regnum Meum» (Réal. Stefanie Katja Ernst)

Projection : Samedi 2 Avril, Session 3 (PSG3)
Impressions sur la vie sociale urbaine entre les hommes et les femmes.
La force sexuelle masculine et la violation aggressive font contraste
avec les béatifications, qui sont prononcées par une femme apparaissant
dans un brouillard rouge entre des episodes violentes. Finalement
sortant le brouillard, elle est intégrée dans l’histoire. En cherchant
le bonheur elle découvre ses instincts et le plaisir sacré, devenant une
martyre, une heroine entre le bien et le mal!

Du Portugal «Conto do Vento» (Réal. Claudio Jordao & Nelson Martins)

Projection : Dimanche 3 Avril, Session 16 (ADG1)
Salva avait le don de sentir la vie de la nature à travers son corps.
Elle a vécu dans la forêt à travers le fleuve avec sa mère Abia et elle
était heureuse jusqu’au jour où sa vie a changé. Les hommes et les
femmes du village l’ont forcée à regarder l’incendie de sa mère accusée
de sorcellerie. Des années plus tard la crainte que les villageois
avaient à sa mère est la même que les déplacer à son encontre.

De la France «Lavomatic» (Réal. Dan S. Carter)
Projection : Dimanche 3 Avril, Session 14 (PDP1)
Un jeune garçon don’t le père est absent. Un après-midi passé à
surveiller la machine. Une reverie se transforme en voyage initiatique.

Des Pays-Bas «Miss Daisy Cutter» (Réal. Laen Sanches)

Projection : Dimanche 3 Avril, Session 13 (PDG4)
« Miss Daisy Cutter » est un court-métrage animé par Laen Sanches sur la
chanson “Nux Vomica” des Veils. Si Walt Disney s’était fait un mauvais
trip sous acides, ça aurait peut-être pu ressembler à ça. On vous aura

De la Pologne «Paths of Hate» (Réal. Damian Nenow)
Projection: Soirée d’ouverture 1er Avril
«Paths of Hate» est une histoire courte à propos des démons qui
sommeillent au fond de l’âme humaine et qui a le pouvoir de pousser les
gens dans les abysses de la haine aveugle, la fureur et la rage.




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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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