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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!




For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at




ÉCU Film Festival Presents: Exclusive Film School Offer



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ÉCU Film Festival is now presenting an exclusive offer to all film schools to encourage students to participate in our festival!

I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate
in the 7th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU),
Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers and their audiences.
ÉCU is not only a great opportunity for students to see a vast array of
fresh and innovative films made by extraordinarily talented filmmakers,
but also to participate themselves: students are especially welcome to
submit their films and attend the screenings and workshops organized
throughout the 3 day Parisian festival!

To encourage your students’ participation in our call for entries to
ÉCU 2012, we will offer free submission to 3 students of your choice! We
are accepting films in twelve categories, ranging from short and long
features to animation and music videos. A complete list of our
categories is available on our website. A prestigious jury of respected
filmmakers and industry experts judge and reward the best film in each
category, giving a great opportunity for award winning filmmakers to
publicize their work and talent in the festival circuit as well as
industry. ÉCU 2012 could launch the career of one of your students!
Please subscribe to our newsletter to find out about our prestigious

Our festival will take place in Paris in March 30th to 1st of April
2012, what a wonderful opportunity for your students to visit the city
with the most independent cinemas in the world. Furthermore, it is a
great occasion to discover new films and network with filmmakers and
industry professionals. The ÉCU team could also arrange for your
students to attend exclusive workshops tailored to their needs. We will
be offering reduced tickets to student groups!

I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Kind regards,

Scott Hillier
Festival President



ÉCU vous présente une offre exclusive pour des écoles de film pour encourager des étudiantes à participer dans notre festival !

Nous avons le plaisir d’inviter votre école à participer à la
septième édition du Festival européen du film independant (ÉCU), l’un
des principaux événements européens dédiés aux cinéastes indépendants
et à leurs spectateurs.

ÉCU offre aux étudiants une formidable occasion de voir un grand
éventail de films originaux et innovants, réalisés par des cinéastes
indépendants très talentueux. Mais il leur permet surtout d’y participer
eux-mêmes : les étudiants sont vivement invités à envoyer leur film et
assister aux projections et ateliers proposés lors de ce festival
parisien de 3 jours.

Afin d’encourager vos étudiants à envoyer leur candidature, nous offrons
une inscription gratuite à 3 étudiants de votre choix ! Douze
catégories sont proposées, notamment pour les long-métrages, films
d’animation et clips. Une liste complète de nos catégories est
disponible sur notre site internet. Un jury prestigieux composé de
cinéastes reconnus et de spécialistes de l’industrie du cinéma
récompensera le meilleur film de chaque catégorie. Les lauréats auront
donc une chance unique de faire connaître leur travail et démontrer leur
talent dans le monde des festivals et dans l’industrie du cinéma.
L’édition 2012 d’ÉCU pourrait bien lancer la carrière de l’un de vos
élèves ! En vous inscrivant à notre newsletter, vous pourrez en savoir
plus sur les brillants lauréats des éditions précédentes.

Notre festival se déroulera du 30 mars au 1 avril 2012 à Paris, offrant à
vos étudiants le privilège de visiter la ville qui concentre le plus de
cinémas indépendants au monde. De surcroît, c’est l’occasion de
découvrir de nouveaux films et de prendre contact avec des réalisateurs
et autres professionnels du cinéma. L’équipe d’ÉCU vous propose aussi de
créer des ateliers sur mesure exclusifs, selon les besoins de vos
étudiants. Nous allons offrir des tickets réduits aux groupes

Scott Hillier,
Président du Festival



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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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