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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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Death of the Big Screen?

Inspired by the Blog article: “How Long Until A Feature Film Made on the iPhone is in Theaters” by Peter Hall, our Intern Heather Poole gives her opinion on the future of Filmmaking:

The new iPhone 4G is the latest
edition to the Apple revolution but is it the beginning of the end for
the big screen in cinema?

By: Heather Poole, ECU 2011 Festival Intern

With new technologies constantly emerging,
it’s no wonder that the culture in which we view films, television, and
other modes of media is almost unrecognizable from 5 minutes ago. In my
brief time as an intern at ECU, I’ve been researching and learning
about the various and rising trends in filmmaking, most recently the
use of mobile technologies.

In light of the anticipated arrival of the
new iPhone 4G, this article written by Peter Hall for Cinematical
inquires how long will it take until a feature film is made entirely on
the iPhone 4G. But the article also raises a series of issues in the
way we consume and produce media.

With the iMovie application, users are now
able to film and edit on the new iPhone. Yet does this new application
make anyone a filmmaker? Will it be a tool to simply capture candid
moments that would otherwise be undocumented? Or will it further the
drastic transformation in cinema by providing a new technique to create
low budget films?

Although the new iPhone 4G is, without a
doubt, an innovative piece of technology that brings the art of cinema
literally to the palm of your hand, do filmmakers even want their films
to be degraded to a miniscule 3-inch screen? And even if this new form
of watching media is more available, more accessible, anytime anywhere,
what will happen to the importance of the quality of cinema?

Perhaps I’m old school for my generation
but I feel that a certain loss comes with the advancement of
technology. With streamed videos and films now available on the iPhone,
the tools to enjoy media and connections to the outside world have been
integrated onto one device. Cinema has been a way for society to escape
from the outside world, to vicariously enjoy the emotions of the
characters on the screen, to become completely immersed in the beauty
of the moving image. Yet as film and other types of media have
proliferated through different mediums, from the big screen to
television to computer and now to the iPhone, it is no longer the grand
experience it once was.

Despite my skepticism, the new iPhone is
another gateway for artistic expression in this age of technology.
Mainstream events like the upcoming Pocket Film Festival in
Paris this weekend which the ECU Creative Content Team will be
covering, celebrates the creation of various medias via mobile

Death of the big screen? Perhaps, but
events like the Pocket Film Festival foster this advanced technology as
a creation of a revolutionized type of media and film that
characterizes our day and age.


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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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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