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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 Film Festival Day Two - Part Two



It's nearly one am on the night of the
second day of the ECU Film Festival, and while Belgian musician, Karim Baqqili,
spins out some wild gypsy jazz on an oud, Patrick Chadwick is talking to me
about Icelandic weather patterns.


We're milling around at the after-party at
Les Voutes Saint Paul after a long day of screenings. The wine is flowing, in
another room somewhere in this strangely cavernous place people are dancing to
MGMT with champagne flutes in their hands.


Patrick tells me that despite the best
assurances of the Icelandic film board that May was the best time of the year
to shoot, the first week of his shoot for his documentary, Memories of Old
Awake, saw almost uniformly poor weather. Finally the sun broke through,
"and we shot almost non-stop for forty-eight hours - I don't think I've
ever worked so hard."


We started talking about the weather - as
might be the wont of two Englishmen abroad - in response to a question asked
back at the Sept Parnassiens nearly three hours earlier. Memories of Old Awake,
a film about Cambridge professor, Emily Leftwidge's field research into the
ancient sagas of Iceland, had just screened and a member of the audience asked
why they chose to make such a serene and beautiful film about such blood-soaked


Professor Leftwidge admitted it made an
interesting disjunction. But for Patrick, chatting a few hours later, slightly
rueful that he hadn't said so earlier, is was the sheer overpowering force of
the Icelandic landscape that compelled the strange, dreamlike quietude of his


He admits he was nervous at first at seeing
his film on such a small screen, having previously only watched it on his
laptop. But despite just using a handheld DV cam (with a little help from Zeiss
50mm Planar lens), the images achieved a proper cinemascope lushness. Patrick
was justifiably thrilled with the results as seen on the Sept Parnassiens great
silver screen.


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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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