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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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Interview with the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi

Accademia Nazionale del Cinema:
the tricks of the trade of an Oscar Prize and a King of dubbers.
Last month ÉCU on the road, made a stop in Bologna, at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema, for a double screening! The Accademia hosts five courses attended by students from over 60 Italian cities. The original mission, namely to educate and prepare students in order for them to be able to understand, confront and successfully overcome the challenges of a line of work in constant demand for professionalism and passion, has accompanied the Accademia from its first steps and continues today, when it represents one of the most valuable training opportunities in the audio-visual field that Italy boasts. The faculty is composed by teachers of absolute excellence in their respective fields of specialization. During our event we have had the honor and the pleasure to be able to interview two teachers of the school: the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi.
Manlio Rocchetti is the representative of one of the most famous Italian families in the cinema history, but he is also our only fellow Italian who has ever been awarded with an Academy Award for Best Make-Up (for the movie Driving Miss Daisy) by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Emmy Award winner for the movie Lonesome Dove, he has collected a lot of nominations at the Emmy Awards and BAFTA Awards. With a career of over 60 films (La nuit de Varennes, Once Upon a Time in America, The Prince of Tides, Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Paper, The Devil's Advocate, Brokeback Mountain etc), Manlio Rocchetti is now make-up artist of choice for Martin Scorsese, with whom he collaborated on The Last Temptation of Christ, The age of innocence, Bringing out the Dead, Gangs of New York and Shutter Island. Among the actors that he has put make up, the following people stand out: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Sean Connery, George Clooney, Leonardo Di Caprio, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall, Kevin Costner, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Liza Minnelli, Keanu Reeves, Michael Caine, Nick Nolte, Ben Kingsley, Marcello Mastroianni, Steve Martin, Max Von Sydow, Dan Ayckroyd, Joe Pesci, Susan Sarandon, James Woods, Bob Hoskins, Andy Garcia, Burt Reynolds, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale etc.
Rodolfo Bianchi is a television, film and theater actor, and he is, unquestionably, the King of Italian dubbers. Already President of the National Voice-Actors Guild, his career includes hundreds of "sound apparitions". He directed the dubbing of films like Babette's Feast, Bad Lieutenant, Il Postino - The Postman, La Haine, The White Balloon, Bowling for Columbine, 3-Iron, The Departed, In the Valley of Elah, Elite Squad, Milk, Lebanon, A Prophet, Precious, Shutter Island, Alice in Wonderland and many, many more. He has been the “voice” of big actors as Gerard Depardieu, Jeremy Irons, Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Ed Harris, Jeff Bridges, Dennis Hopper, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Douglas, Nick Nolte, Gabriel Byrne, James Caan, Martin Sheen, Spencer Tracy, Roy Scheider, Jean Reno and Takeshi Kitano. He has had the honor of being awarded the Best Direction Award at the Grand Prix of International Dubbing for an astounding four-year streak, in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Ladies and Gentlemen, do you want to know their tricks of the trade and discover some interesting secrets to improve your films? Take paper and pen and watch their interviews!


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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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