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




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Avanca Film Festival 2011


Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema,
Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily
grown in audience attendance and number of film submissions. Avanca has
also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in
Europe in the past 15 years.

Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all over the
world come to the small town of Avanca, Portugal, because the festival
summons them to share their work and their talent during several days of
intense discovery. The festival seeks to promote new innovative
audiovisual experiences and narrative techniques, ultimately leading to
technological development in the film industry.

Avanca promotes several workshops lead by various cinema
professionals from different countries, all the while hosting a film
competition featuring quality works that are screened in different
sessions over the course of the festival, and evaluated by an
international jury. The aim is to assemble professionals, students and
any general public interested in this form or art to bring quality
cinema works to Portugal from around the world. The majority of the
submissions come from Europe, yet each year the festival’s commitment to
diversity presents itself through different areas of the works
exhibited, ranging from the ideas, to the narrative and the design of
each of the films screened.

Avanca has submitted many of their award winning films to ÉCU in the
past, including Conto Do Vento, A Ria, A Ana, O Honen, and Desta Agua.
And this year, the festival, which will run from July 20th until July
24th, even extended an invitation to ÉCU’s Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to
serve on the festival’s jury board! Kädi will be bringing you updates
from the festival, so stay tuned !

You can find more information about the festival at their website:


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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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