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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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Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays

What’s there to do in Paris during the holidays? Check out ÉCU’s guide to holiday time in Paris. Click on the links for more information.


 By Sophie Nellis


1.   Do some window shopping. Paris’ department storesGaleries Lafayette, Au Printemps and BHV go all out during the festive season, with haute couture-meets-Christmas window displays and fabulous lighting. This year, the fashion designer JC de Castelbajak designed the Christmas lighting for the façade of BHV. Inspired by one of his favourite motifs, the rainbow, this colourful light show will brighten up even the darkest of winter days.



2.   Take a turn on The Big Wheel. Located at Place de la Concorde, The Big Wheel offers spectacular views of Paris (until 20th January).



3.   Visit a Christmas Markets. There are Christmas Markets dotted all over Paris in December, from La Défense to the Champs Elysées to Saint Germain des Prés. Whether you’re looking for a cup of vin chaud and some roasted chestnuts or hoping to pick up an unusual gift, the Marchés de Noël will certainly put you in the festive mood.

 4.   Get your skates on! From 18th December, there will be ice rinks at both Hotel de Ville and Gare Montparnasse. A great opportunity to a) make a fool of yourself and b) burn off some of those Christmas calories. Festive exercise!


5.   Jours de fêtes in the Grand PalaisHeld in the Nave of the Grand Palais, this is an exceptional event for all the family. Traditional fairground attractions, children’s games and a magical lightshow, specially designed by François Austerlitz, will create an enchanting fairytale-like atmosphere. Plus, to celebrate the centenary of the birth of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt, a bunch of international gypsy jazz musicians will be joining in the party (from December 18th to January 1st).


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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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