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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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ECU 2011: DAY ONE updates


ÉCU team arrived to the the cinéma 7 Parnassiens bright and early to get ready for the opening night of ÉCU 2011. We will give you updates the whole weekend long, so stay tuned.

Lèquipe d`ÉCU sont arrivé ce matin au cinéma 7 Parnassiens pour commencer la préparation pour la soirée d’ouverture d’ÉCU 2011. Nous allons vous donner des mis a jour pendant tout le weekend donc rester connecté.

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Scott has just opened the festival with his welcome speech and the excitement is mounting at the 7 Parnassiens Cinema. The first films are about to begin, kicking off a jam-packed weekend of independent cinema. There’s a real air of expectation from all the staff, filmmakers, press and cinema-goers for 3 days of inspiration, creativity, discovery and of course, a whole lot of fun.

Scott Hillier, le Président d’ÉCU ( Festival européen du film indépendant ) vient de déclarer ouverte la sixième édition du festival éponyme, et l’effervescence est à son comble au cinéma parisien des 7 Parnassiens, où se tient la soirée d’inauguration. Les premiers films sélectionnés sont sur le point d’être projetés, et cela laisse préfigurer un week-end riche en évènements cinématographiques. En effet, l’ensemble de l’équipe dédiée, les réalisateurs étrangers, la presse, ainsi que les amoureux du 7ème Art, qui se sont tous déplacés en masse, sont également impatients de découvrir tout au long des trois journées que dureront les « festivités », les œuvres créatives et inspirées qui vont leur être présentées.




Meet the lovely Anouska Ravanshad- ECU hostess, who will be bringing you interviews with filmmakers, party updates and all other interesting things going around ECU- The European Independent Film Festival. And that for the whole weekend long. So you better keep on watching... 



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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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