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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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July Newsletter Update 2011

Hello ÉCU-ers and ÉCU-ettes!

The month of July brings many things to Paris. Hordes of
anglo-tourists, the Paris-Plages, a sweltering sun that never fails to
remind us of the Frenchman’s aversion to A/C. With this onslaught of
nuisances, many Parisians take this time to escape the hell of urban
summers for a more pleasant environment. Scott, the wise man that he is,
took a cue from the Parisians and fled the city for a balmier option,
Australia. While he lays upon beaches, enjoying the surf and sand of his
homeland, his minions dutifully hold down the ÉCU fort here in the 18th

Although Paris is seeped in summer laziness, submissions are in
full-swing. Though the call for submissions was just in May, we have
already received a large amount of films. Coming in daily, they are
pouring in from all over the world.
This month, we launched a new category for our 2012 edition – “European
Youth Film”. Those who submit will be competing for the esteemed
“European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking”. Dedicated to young
filmmakers aged 8 to 16, this category accepts films of any genre,
length or language (though English or French subtitles are required). We
are excited to present this opportunity to the youth of filmmaking and
anticipate the creativity and spirit that this category will bring us.

As the summer months roll on, our 2011 “ÉCU on the Road” tour
continues. An ÉCU representative recently attended the In the Palace
Film Festival held in Balchik, Bulgaria, which boasted over 150
international filmmakers. Directors from all over the globe submitted
their tales of love and loss under four categories: fiction, animation,
experimental and documentary. Two of their award-winning films, “Red in
the Water” and “Beats of Love” have been submitted to ÉCU.

Later this month, our festival manager, Kadi Lokk, is jetting off for
the annual Avanca Film Festival. The 14th edition will be held in
Avanca, Portugal from July 20-24. Defined as an international meeting of
cinema, TV, video and multimedia, Kadi is eager to see the film talent
that awaits her in Avanca!

With new submissions every day, there’s a lot going on! Until the
next newsletter, you can stay up-to-date by visiting our website and
social media channels!


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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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