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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’s suggestions for things to do in October

As the month of October starts in Paris and the hot heat of our long Indian summer continues, it’s strange to think that winter must be on its way. To make the most of this last flash of hot weather, ÉCU has found some of the best things to do in Paris this month, including some things based outdoors for the sunny days, but also some things indoors for the cold front which will probably hit us by the end of the month…


“Le festival Pariscience” is taking place from 7th – 12th October, in Jardin des Plantes. This year is the 6th edition of the festival, which shows films and holds talks to examine the theme of biodiversity from different angles. The location in the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, which provides the perfect chance to have a look round this world-famous museum, take in a film afterwards, and lounge in the park in the glorious sunshine we’re enjoying at the moment!


You may have spotted on our website that our partners G-Technology have announced the winners of their “Driven Creativity Competition”, and they will be showcased here in Paris; as well as in Berlin and London. The competition was hard-fought, and the winners are truly outstanding. Don’t miss this great multimedia exhibition, which includes film, photography and music at 0fr gallery from 12th – 16th October.


If you’re looking for some mindless entertainment though, this month is perfect for you too. The French icon Tintin is finally making his big screen Blockbuster debut. Le Grand Rex’s calendar reveals that “Aventures de Tintin : le secret de la licorne 3D” will have its world premiere on 22nd October at 8.30pm, and that Steven Spielberg will be here to present the film. Even if your invitation to the premiere got lost in the post, you can still catch it at most cinemas by the end of the month.


At the other end of the spectrum, but equally unmissable, is the screening of “Das Kind” at “Mémorial de la Shoah”. On 23rd October , Yonathan Levy, an ÉCU alumni will be screening his documentary and discussing it afterwards with Irma Mico, the star of the film and an eye-witness of the war. With a great venue, a riveting film and an eye-witness account, this promises to be a moving and exceptional afternoon.


The end of the month is marker by the Toussaint school holiday here, and for parents looking for something to amuse their children and introduce them to cinema, we have found the perfect opportunity. “Mon 1er Festival » takes place from 26th October – 1st November and is dedicated to children over the age of 2, aiming to inspire and teach the next generation of cinema-lovers in an interesting and fun way. Viewings are only €4 each, and the programme is varied and suitable for a wide range of ages, so why not give it a go?
Until next month!

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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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