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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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Calendar- January

Have you got free time and you’re at a loss as to what to do? Are you
wondering what’s going on in Paris this month? Is there a good
exhibition? Do you want to go to the cinema but you don’t know which
film to choose? Here is a selection of exhibitions and movies that we
advise you to go see.

Vous avez du temps libre mais ne savez pas quoi en faire? Vous vous
demandez ce qu’il se passe en ce moment sur Paris? Y a-t’il une bonne
exposition en ce moment? Vous aimeriez aller au cinéma mais vous ne
savez quel film choisir? Voici une sélection d’expositions et de films
que ne vous conseillons:

If your iPhone and your iPad are your best friends, ÉCU’s team has
got something for you. Until January 30th, David Hockney trade his
paintbrushes for his fingers to paint on the iPad and iPhone. Don’t miss
this exhibition from this Pop Art master of the 60‘s, he exhibits his
new «paintings» at the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, 5
avenue Marceau 75116 Paris.

Vous Iphone est votre meilleur ami, votre Ipad répond toujours
présent, l’équipe d’ECU a de quoi vous intéresser, jusqu’au 30 janvier
2011, David Hockney, a troqué ses pinceaux contre ses doigts pour
peindre sur Ipad et Iphone, ne manquez pas cette exposition originale de
cette figure du Pop Art des années 60, ses nouvelles «peintures» sont
exposées à la Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue
Marceau 75116 Paris.


Attention all followers of art house film, Jean-Marie Straub is back
on the big screen with «O somma luce» where the french filmmaker
celebrates his come-back with this film. This artisan of auteur cinema
is frequently opposed to the cinema industry and if you like literary
text and pieces of music you should be charmed by Straub’s world.
Projection at the Reflet Médicis, 3 rue Champollion 75005 Paris.

Avis aux amateurs de cinéma d’auteur, Jean-Marie Straub est de retour
sur grand écran avec «O somma luce», le cinéaste français marque son
retour au cinéma, artisan du cinéma par opposition à l’industrie
cinématographique, de plus si vous aimez les textes littéraires et les
oeuvres musicales vous devriez être séduits par l’univers de Straub,
projection au Reflet Médicis, 3 rue Champollion 75005 Paris.


Lovers of Truffaut and Godard shouldn’t miss «Deux de la vague», a
film about Truffaut and Godard’s collaborations during their careers. If
you’re interested by their works you should be captivated by this film
which includes images, old archives and televised clips :)

Pour les passionnés de Truffaut et Godard, ne manquez pas le film
«Deux de la vague» retraçant leur parcours, leur soutien mutuel et sur
leurs chemins qui se séparent. Si vous êtes intéressées par leur travail
vous devriez être captivés par ce film qui privilégie des images, des
archives d’époques et des documents télévisés.


Has location cinema always fascinated you? Until February 13th, the
‘Monuments Stars du Cinéma’ exhibition takes place at the Conciergerie.
It’s a good opportunity to rediscover locations, sets, costumes and film
extracts to show how important they are in a movie. Rendez-vous at the
Conciergerie,1 Quai de l’Horloge 75001 Paris.

Les décors de cinéma vous ont toujours émerveillé? Jusqu’au 13
février 2011, l’exposition Monuments stars du cinéma se tient à la
Conciergerie, une bonne occasion de retrouver des décors, costumes et
extraits de film qui ont marqué le cinéma et de montrer à quel point ils
sont importants dans un film. Rendez-vous à la Conciergerie, 1 Quai de
l’Horloge 75001 Paris.


Do you like suspense? Did Psycho terrify you? Don’t miss the
retrospective of the master of suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. Do you have
good memories of The Man Who Knew Too Much and Rope? Or maybe you would
like to discover new Hitchcock films. Well we found a way to grant your
wishes. Hitchcock season until February 28th at the cinémathèque, 51 Rue
de Bercy 75012 Paris.

Vous aimez le suspense? Psychose vous a fait frissonner? Ne manquez
pas la rétrospective du grand maitre en la matière: Alfred Hitchcock,
L’Homme qui en savait trop, La Corde, ces titres vous évoquent de bons
souvenirs? Ou cette rétrospective est sans doute le bon moyen de
découvrir ces films projetés à la Cinémathèque jusqu’au 28 février 2011,
51 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris.



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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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