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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 www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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ECU’s Secret Tips: How to Submit a Film

Call for Submissions: How to Submit a Film

1. Independent films: Digressing from over-indulgent, celebrity-clad films that cover billboards so big that they eclipse the sky, we welcome low budget films that do not run solely on the fame of its movie stars…except maybe a cameo by Steve Buscemi.

2. Subtitles: At an international film festival, subtitles are a tricky thing. In our attempts to create the most enjoyable and accommodating experience, we ask that non-English films include English subtitles.

Even though subtitles can be a drag, they also can be tools to enhance a film. Check out one of the latest articles we featured in the Best of the Blogs here.

3. Short films: “Short” is a relative term among film festivals.  For ECU, let’s keep it under 30 minutes.

4. Format: Please refrain from sending your film in the form of technology circa 1995.  That means no VHS. Embrace the era of DVDs.

5. Deadlines: We understand that as filmmakers, you may be completely immersed in your brilliant works of art. Perhaps you have forgotten to shave  for 7 months or even how to find the laundromat. While you may have fallen off the face of the earth, please do not forget the deadlines. The Early bird deadline is November 21, 2010.

6. Image: Send us a gorgeous image of your film that sums it all up and why not a piccy of yourself so we can know whose fabulous work we are watching.

7.  Trailers: send us your official trailer or we create one from the first 30seconds of your movie – not great if you’ve gone for a  Space Odyssey kinda feel.

8. The Final Step: In the process of funding your film, it would be ideal not to max out your credit card. Leave a bit aside for the entry payment.

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

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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