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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




ÉCU's Partner The CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre

Do you want to be in Paris for the ÉCU 2012? Check out the offers of our partner CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre

The CTS – Centro Turistico Studentesco e Giovanile (Student and Youth
Tourist Centre) is a new ÉCU partner. Its goal is to spread the
practice of the youth tourism converting it into a moment of growth,
sharing and integration, leaving the stereotype of the mass tourism. For
over 35 years it has established a direct dialogue with the young
people dealing with the trip as tool for spreading the knowledge, the
protection, the safeguard and guardianship of the natural environments
and the historical, artistic and cultural patrimonies and to improve the
use of the students and young people's free time. Every day the CTS
card has new conventions with cultural centres to allow the members to
have discounts and facilitations for: shopping, events, sport and
comfort, parks, museums, theaters, cinema and schools. The ISIC
(International student card) card is recognized in 116 nations. As our
partner the CTS offers some solutions to be in Paris during our Film
Festival from March 30 to April 1 2012. What a wonderful opportunity for
you to visit the city with the most independent cinemas in the world!
Check out the offers:

Special offer reserved to ÉCU partners and ÉCU members club
Check in 29 March – Check out 2 April: 5 days/ 4 nights
Hotel 4 star to stay in Montparnasse + six-month CTS card

Villa Luxembourg Paris (4 stars)
The Villa Luxembourg hotel is a charming hotel found near the
Montparnasse, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Observatoire.
Montparnasse boulevard is the legendary hang out for painters and
writers travelling from various countries. The local coffee breweries in
which these personalities used to visit such as the La Coupole, le
Dôme, la Closerie des Lilas, still exist in the area. Nearby, guests can
also visit the Luxembourg Gardens which have always been a favourite
destination for students. Each room offers the following amenities;
satellite, mini-bar, safe, Pay TV, WIFI on-demand, air conditioner,
Internet corner.

EURO 367.00 Total price for stay per person in double room with buffet breakfast and six-month CTS card

Mercure Montparnasse (4 stars)

Close to Montparnasse station to the south of central Paris in a
renovated and modern building and near the Montparnasse business
district and the Porte de Versailles exhibition centre. Nearby are the
popular tourist areas of Saint Germain des Pres and Saint Michel. It has
185 completely renovated rooms with a contemporary design. The Standard
Rooms are functional and light, with a private bathroom,
satellite/cable, colour TV, hairdryer and air conditioning.

EURO 367.00 Total price for stay per person in double room with buffet breakfast and six-month CTS card

Attention: for this hotel there is a limited
promotion EURO 242.00 Total price for stay per person in double room
with buffet breakfast and six-month CTS card

For more information, details and booking please contact the cts +39 06.4620431 or write them at:

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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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