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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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ÉCU in Romania!

ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival is very excited to bring a selection of it’s award winning films from the past six years to Romania. The ÉCU Retrospective will be taking place between October 17th-22nd in Bucharest.
ÉCU and Romania have a long history which began in 2006 with the director Catalin Leescu’s film being selected for the competition, and this was later followed by the film Tarantyno which won the award Best Actor at ÉCU 2010. The independent spirit in those films embodies what the ÉCU festival is all about; which is why Romania is the perfect place to have our first-ever retrospective.
It’s an honor to have Broken Clouds screen in Romania as a part of the ÉCU Retrospective! It’s very encouraging to have the film embraced on the other side of the Atlantic. Yuri Alves, director of “Broken Clouds”, winner of Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short at ÉCU 2011.
It means a lot to screen my film in Romania. Films are made to be shown and I think “Anonymous” is a great example of talented young people who love films and making films. Alvaro Ramos, actor from “Anonymous”, winner of best director and editing at ÉCU 2007
I am very proud and honored and so happy that my film has a life that continues through your hands and the work of ÉCU. Caroline Sascha Cogez, director of “Emmalou”, winner of Best Actress award at ÉCU 2009
The ÉCU Film Festival has provided a wonderful platform to exhibit films to audiences that may otherwise not be able to see some of the great independent cinema being produced worldwide right now- I am grateful to be part of this multicultural artistic experience, and looking forward to discovering the film scene in a city I have always wanted to see. James McAleer, director of Invertebrate, winner of Best Experimental at ÉCU 2011.
I’m thrilled to be able take such a great slate of films to Romania. We have seen many, many great films here at ÉCU. over the years that is so great to think that we are going to see all of the award-winning films getting a screening in one place during a single week. What a great buzz for the audience, for ÉCU. and most importantly the filmmakers who get to share their films with a brand new audience. Scott Hillier, ÉCU President

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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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