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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. 

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ÉCU’s Partner – International Film Festival Sax (FICS)

The International Film Festival Sax (FICS) is a young and interesting festival held throughout the month of July in the picturesque town of Sax, near the coast and located in the center of the province of Alicante (Valencia Community ), Spain. The festival was created in July 2005 from the Association of Cinematographic and Audiovisual Sax (ACAS) and the idea of ​the founder of the association and the local young filmmaker Miguel Herrero Herrero. All activities and projections are made at night, outdoors and free of charge by squares, museums and cafe-theater here. Besides having with the official internationally competitive short film for any format and type: fiction, animation or documentary, FICS is the only festival in Spain that has a film award Historical Film and one of the few that has a section noncompetitive feature film. The new directors presented to the public on its draft feature film premiere or production of his first feature film with the promotion of the festival.

Among those reported include the controversial and internationally awarded film Myna has gone of Sadrac Gonzalez and Sonia Escolano and the crowdfunding film in production Operasiones Espesiales of Paco Soto, a comedy police action in the spanish style. Since the festival has honored film personalities as the actor Aldo Sanbrell, with over 200 feature films. Furthermore, despite having a modest budget are all kinds of film activities: BSO concert with visual montage, cinematographic exhibitions (posters, films restored), formation (film critical, production, etc.), Editions of books (The best Spanish short films), special screenings (film prohibited), meetings, etc.

During the festival is held the Gathering of Filmmakers. Tens of directors gather in Sax to meet and talk about movies as well as receive free training by industry professionals as recognized were: Elsa Martinez, director of Ciudad de la Luz studies and President of the Spain Film Commission and Antonio Sempere, known critic film and writer, author of over 20 books on cinema. The festival has received over 2,000 short films from around the world in its sixth edition. More than 50 organizations and companies support the FICS, including Ciudad de la Luz, the movie studios and large modern Europe, and universities like the University Miguel Hernández of Elche. Furthermore, the FICS is doing in their latest editions exchanges with other festivals around the world such as the International ndependent Film Festival of Villa de Leyva (Colombia) and the ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival.

VII International Festival of Film Sax (FICS) – July 2012

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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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