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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. 

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ÉCU'S September Calendar

By Ed Millar

September – the month of the rentrée, the end of the congés annuelles and the end of sheer self indulgence, right? Not necessarily. If you have a little bit of free time to spare, why not prolong your summer by enjoying yourself with ÉCU’s recommendations for September?
Even if you haven’t read the quirky, best-selling book of the same name, you’re bound to love Freakonomics’, one of this month’s most remarkable documentaries. Released on September 14th, the film is made up of six mini-documentaries which explore different socio-economic phenomena, giving a fascinating and often humorous insight into the world around us. 


Costume enthusiasts, fashion-lovers or anyone looking for a truly innovative way of examining cinema should head over to the Forum Des Images this month for their cycle on ‘Des Habits et des Hommes’. The series examines the messages communicated by male costume and clothes in cinema, and includes a huge variety of more than 120 films, guaranteeing something for everyone. The cycle runs from 14th-30th September with something on nearly every night. For the full programme visit
The middle of September marks one of the most exciting weekends in Paris for the whole year. For one weekend only, the ‘Journées du Patrimoine’ take place all over France, allowing the public free reign over areas of monuments and buildings of interest not usually accessible. If you've ever wanted to get behind the scenes at some of cinemas most prestigious places, now is your chance. Lines can be long and patience is a must, but as all events are free, this is a special weekend not to be missed. Full details announced at
Lovers of the ‘Pink Panther’ and other classic Hollywood comedies should be first it line for the Blake Edwards season at the Cinémathèque. Edwards is one of the most prolific directors of his genre and the programme of films being shown illustrates why. Kicking off in late August with the iconic ‘Victor Victoria’, this season will have something for everyone, from Edwards’ super-fans to new-comers alike. Cinémathèque, 51 Rue de Bercy 75012 Paris
This September, yet another exciting cinematic event is coming to Paris. From 2nd-4th September at Cinéma La Clef, The ‘African Diaspora International Film Festival’ presents a diverse mix of films which explore the untold stories of people of African descent and Indigenous people all over the world. Highlights include the opening film ‘Besouro’ which tells the story of Besouro Mangangà, a rebel slave who fought for the rights of black people in Brazil in the 1920s. Cinéma La Clef , 34 rue Daubenton 75005 Paris

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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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