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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. 

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ÉCU goes to Silhouette Short Film Festival - find out what we thought!

Silhouette Film Festival - Parc de Buttes Chaumont, Paris.


By Ed Millar and Jen Wallace

An intrepid gang of ÉCUers made their way to the beautiful Parc de Buttes Chaumont to watch one night of the Silhouette Film Festival. The film festival is in its 10th year and is an outdoor event with films from all over the world projected onto an inflatable screen next to the lake. Here, ÉCU writers Jen and Ed, share their opinions on the festival and the films.

Jen: So Ed, this was your first film festival in Paris - What was your overall impression of the organisation of the event?

Ed: I though the whole thing was organised really well to be honest. When we first arrived there was a singer which started the evening off with a nice atmosphere. Once the screen was up and the films started playing, I was really impressed by the programming and the selection of films, as Silhouette managed to show a really varied group of films whilst still maintaining a sense of togetherness and avoiding the disjointed feeling which can pose a problem when screening short films.

Jen: Out of the 6 films we saw, what was the standout one for you? Personally I really liked Kwa Heri Mandima (Goodbye Mandima), by Robert-Jan Lacombe, a filmmaker at the Lausanne Film School. I loved how he narrated the story of his departure from his childhood country of Zaire to France with photographs accompanying the voiceover. Overall it was a very moving portrait of the division between the natives and the Europeans living there, and the final scene where static becomes motion was skilfully presented.

Ed: I have to agree with you that that was one of the most moving films of the evening, but personally I really enjoyed APELE TAC (fleuve silencieux), which told the story of two Romanians crossing the Danube in 1985 to flee the dictatorship. It was my favourite of the night because it was full of suspense and the cinematography when they were crossing the river was amazing - it really put me right in the story. I think the film we really disagreed on though was The exterior world… what did you think of it?

Jen: I loved it! And I have watched it again recently and I still stand by my opinion. It’s mad, surreal, crude and bloody, but at least it was adventurous and put a lot of people out of their comfort zones! And the graphics were incredible, I enjoyed being trapped inside that wacky world for 20 minutes. What made you have the opposite reaction?

Ed: The main problem for me was that not only did I not understand the message of it, I wasn’t even sure there was a message! As you say the graphics were good, but for me that is not enough unless it is supported by a message I can connect with. I didn’t enjoy the wacky world, I couldn’t connect with it. That’s what’s great about short films though, everyone has different opinions!

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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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