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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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European Premieres at ÉCU 2011

ÉCU is delighted to bring you several films that are celebrating their European Premieres with us..

Documentary “Out of the Darkness” (Dir. Stefano Levi)
Most of the world’s blind people live in remote, impoverished areas and the majority of doctors able to cure them work in cities. Dr. Sanduk Ruit from Nepal, and his American partner, Dr. Geoff Tabin, have made perfecting a portable low cost surgery to restore sight their life‘s work. They trek to Nepal’s remote Northeast, carrying an entire hospital on porters‘ backs. Their mission is to bring the needlessly blind out of the darkness.

Music Video “Colder” (Dir. Ilaria D’Elia)
“Colder” follows the last minutes in the life of a young man trapped underwater, it’s a claustrophobic, yet uplifting, experience which leaves the viewer in wonderment and discomfort.

European Short “Hollow” (Dir. Rob Sorrenti)
“Hollow” is a sensitive observation about the nature of addiction. Exploring the idea that love isn’t always enough when it comes to getting clean and the inevitable sacrifice that comes with sobriety.

European Short “Habibti” (Réal. Nour Wazzi)
Habibti follows Iman, a conservative Arab woman who travels to London to visit her estranged daughter Amira and is shocked to find her living with her boyfriend… a black artist named Marlon. Their conflict brings humour and with it an unlikely bond, and soon we discover Iman’s reasons for visiting are more than they seem.

Student Film “Bubbles” (Réal. Dalia Schlesinger )
On a sultry Tel Aviv night, Shira is waiting for her husband to return from a business trip. The tiring monotony of her every day life is about to change and she is facing a crucial turning point in her life.



ÉCU est ravi d’accueillir plusieurs films qui font leurs avant-premières européennes.

Le documentaire “Out of the Darkness” (Réal. Stefano Levi)
Dans le monde entier la plupart des aveugles vivent dans des régions éloignées et appauvries. La majorité des médecins qui sont capables de les soigner travaillent dans les villes. Le médecin népalais Dr. Sanduk Ruit et son associé Dr. Geoff Tabin réalisent leur devoir en perfectionnant une opération mobile et à des prix bas pour restaurer la vue. Ils font du trekking au lointain nord-est du Népal, suivi de Sherpers qui semblent porter un hôpital entier sur leurs épaules. C’est leur mission de faire sortir les aveugles de l’obscurité.

Le clip vidéo “Colder” (Réal. Ilaria D’Elia)

“Colder” suit les derniers moments de la vie d’un jeune homme prisonnier dans l’eau. C’est un video qui donne une sensation de claustrophobie, mais aussi qui est très émouvant et qui vous laissera étonné et inquiet.

Le court-métrage européen “Hollow” (Réal. Rob Sorrenti)
Le dernier court métrage du directeur primé Rob Sorrenti ‘Creux’ est une observation sensible de la nature de la dépendance. Explorant l’idée que l’amour n’est parfois pas suffisant quand il s’agit de devenir clean et le sacrifice inévitable qui vient avec la sobriété.

Le court-métrage européen “Habibti” (Réal. Nour Wazzi)

Habibti parle d’Iman, une femme arabe plutôt conservatrice qui vient à Londres pour rendre visite à sa fille Amira qui lui est devenue étrangère. Elle est choquée lorsqu’elle est accueillie par le petit ami de sa fille… un artiste noir nommé Marlon. Leur conflit les rapproche et apporte également de l’humour, et l’on découvre petit à petit les vraies raisons pour lesquelles Iman s’est déplacée de sa terre natale.

Le film étudiant “Bubbles” (Réal. Dalia Schlesinger )
À Tel Aviv, une nuit étouffante tombe. Shira reste à la maison en attendant son mari qui fait un voyage d’affaires. Sa vie monotone va changer puisqu’elle est en face d’un tournant décisif.



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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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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