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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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ÉCU visits the 2011 Paris Cinéma Festival

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From restored grand classic movies, to Pixar’s latest animated film,
and not to mention a ‘Special Honor to Mexico’ showcase, there was
something for everyone. The ÉCU team went to the festival to gather
audience reactions. “So much action! Stimulation overload!”, “A high
quality festival affordable for most people” and “10 days of REAL
cinema” … were some of the reactions towards the Tuesday evening at the
end of the MK2 Bibliothèque festival.

Among the many activities offered, we chose to attend the exhibition
titled: “The festival’s guests as seen by Jérôme Bonnet ». Many
portraits taken that evening were then printed during the night and
displayed in giant frames in front of the MK2 Bibliothèque and the BnF
to appease those passing by.


“I came from Japan to study cinema here, in Paris. And truly, coming out
of this festival, I’m telling myself that I made the right decision!”
said Miyuki, a young Japanese student. “The Paris Cinema Festival is not
only a sequence of screenings; it also offers conferences, workshops,
exhibitions, a concert and even a garage sale! I had never seen anything
like this before!”

The festival ended with a giant Ciné-karaoke and a closing ball at
the Centquatre. Come back next year for the 10th anniversary of the
festival!… An event that is sure to be loads of fun!

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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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