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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




Introducing our new partner, AESTHETICA MAGAZINE


The Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2011 is now open for entries!
It’s a fantastic opportunity to get your work broadcast to a wider
audience and Aesthetica are keen to see entries from both new and
established filmmakers who are driving short film forward. The winning
film receives a fantastic prize package including:

~ £500 prize money
~ Screenings at film festivals across the UK, including Rushes Soho
Shorts (London), Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow) and Branchage (Jersey)
~ A weekend filmmaking course, courtesy of Raindance
~ 12 months membership to Shooting People, the international film network
~ Inclusion on a DVD that will be distributed to all Aesthetica readers (60,000 viewers)

The runner-up will also receive £250, as well as DVD publication.
Films should be no longer than 25 minutes but can be any genre including
artists’ film, music videos, dance films, horror and comedy or anything
you can think of!

Entry is £15 per film. No limit to the number of entries permitted. Please visit for more information and to submit. Deadline 30 April 2011
Keep up to date with arts and culture news on the Aesthetica blog at


Nous vous présentons notre nouveau partenaire, AESTHETICA MAGAZINE


La Compétition des Court-métrages Aesthetica 2011 est maintenant
ouverte aux soumissions! C’est une possibilité géniale de voir votre
œuvre diffusée à un large public et Aesthetica tient à recevoir des
œuvres de nouveaux cinéastes aussi bien que de réalisateurs émérites qui
font avancer l’art du court-métrage. Le film gagnant obtiendra un prix
fantastique qui comprend :
- £500
- projections au festivals de cinémas au Royaume-Uni, dont
Rushes Soho Shorts (Londres), Glasgow Film Festival (Glasgow) and
Branchage (Jersey)
- un weekend de cours de réalisation des films, offert par Raindance
- 12 mois d’adhésion à Shooting People, le réseau international du film
- publication sur un DVD qui sera distribué à tous les lecteurs d’Aesthetica (60 000 personnes)

Le deuxième gagnant recevra aussi £250 et une publication sur un DVD.
Les films ne doivent être plus longs que 25 minutes mais peuvent être
de n’importe quel genre y compris les films d’auteur, les clips, les
films de danse, les films d’épouvante, les comédies ou tout ce que vous
pouvez imaginer !

Les frais de soumission sont de £15 par film. Le nombre des
soumissions n’est pas limité. Pour en savoir plus et pour faire votre
soumission, visitez La date limite est le 30 avril 2011.

Pour vous tenir au courant des évènements d’art et de culture suivez le blog Aesthetica sur



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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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