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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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ECU Scott Hillier shooting a documentary in Libya


If you have a good story, pursue it — immediately and at any cost — preaches Scott Hillier, Oscar honored filmmaker and president of ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival. Scott, in pursuit of a good story, is doing just that. Departing for Libya this evening, Scott and his crew will film a documentary following Jihan Mansur Kikhia, the daughter of former Libyan Foreign Affairs Minister Mansur Kikhia, as she seeks to uncover the truth about her father’s storied and controversial past. We will keep you updated with news of his adventures and documentary work all week.

Stopping briefly in Istanbul for a little rest, Scott found the Turkish capital blanketed in snow. Leaving before sunrise, he landed in Libya around 9a.m. and was ready to film.

In protest of Gaddafi’s brutal and authoritarian regime, Mr. Kikhia resigned as Permanent Representative of Libya to the United Nations in 1980, not long after which he founded the Arab Organization for the Human Rights and Libyan League of the Human Rights. On a trip to Cairo in 1993, however, Mr. Kikhia was abducted and executed by what the CIA concluded were Libyan authorities.


After a good night sleep and Scott’s first full day of shooting in Benghazi, Libya he is ready to go again. It is bit too hot, but nothing can stop them in a search of a good story.

Mr. Kikhia’s estranged daughter, known by most as Jiji, hopes to mend the void his disappearance left in her with the truth about both his life and the circumstances of his death. With the recent liberation of Libya, Jiji can finally begin her investigation and Scott will be there for this week to help tell her family’s story.



Third day on the ground in Benghazi. Shot great pictures in the old city and today uncovered more facets in the fascinating Mansour Kikhia story.

Crew car – luxury mode of traveling in Libya :)


Shooting on Benghazi’s Freedom Square 


Last day in Libya.
“We have discovered a great deal about Jiji Kikia, her father, but also the people of this newly liberated country. Can’t wait to start the edit!” – Scott


Crew photo in the center of Benghazi.



Shooting on a destroyed Ghadafi tank as the sun-set fades behind us.


The air around us feels more free…


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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott



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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