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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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Listen to Gondry

by Eva Bearryman

Head down to the Pompidou Centre until March 13th to be in with the chance of hearing Michel Gondry, internationally acclaimed director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind amongst many other films, talk about his latest and past projects. Follow this up with a projection of one of his films or music videos, and then a stroll around the interactive exhibition of sets designed by Gondry for an evening well spent.

You can also participate in a unique film-making workshop that takes place at the exhibition which has been designed for this exact purpose. The workshop offers the opportunity, as part of a small group, to make a short film for free in the space of 3 hours. Be sure to watch the films that have already been made as you pass the TV at the end of the exhibition.

But don’t hang about to book the workshop as it seems places are already pretty much gone – we were advised to come down on the day in the hope of joining a group that had already booked or in the case of a cancellation.

Visit the website below for details on the screenings of a range of Gondry’s films, including Be Kind Rewind and Human Nature, that will be held at the Pompidou until March 13th. The list also shows which of the events Gondry himself will attend.

This exhibition is a delight for dedicated Gondry fans and film novices alike; visitors can walk around the set where workshop participants make their films and get involved by playing with the variety of props on show – photo ops are a plenty here. Through this programme of events, he has created the chance for anyone to get involved, irrespective of their level of experience in the industry. As a result, film making is made accessible and who knows, perhaps Gondry will even have some influence on young participants’ study or career choices.

Speaking about his latest projects at the opening night of the exhibition, it is obvious why Gondry has had such success in his career; a genuinely nice man and an excellent filmmaker, his creative talents seem to be endless. The animations in his film of an interview with Noam Chomsky are cleverly interpreted in tune with Chomsky’s answers and the other short films that we watched on the opening night were light-hearted but sensitively directed. To bring a great opening night to an end, Gondry played alongside his brother as their band performed for everyone. Film, fun and music from the talented Mr Gondry makes for the perfect Parisian evening out.

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par Eva Bearryman

Visitez le Centre Pompidou jusqu’au 13 mars pour ne pas rater la chance d’entendre Michel Gondry, le réalisateur applaudi dans le monde entier avec “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” et bien d’autres films, parler de ses projets récents. Continuez par une projection d’un de ses films ou clips, puis une visite de l’exposition interactive avec des éléments de décor dessinés par Gondry pour compléter une bonne soirée.

Vous pouvez également participer à un atelier unique de réalisation de film qui se tient à l’exposition conçue justement dans ce but. L’atelier vous donne la possibilité d’entrer dans un petit groupe pour créer un court-métrage pendant une période de 3 heures gratuitement. N’oubliez pas de regarder les films déjà réalisés quand vous passerez la télé à la fin de l’exposition.

Mais ne tardez pas à réserver l’atelier car il paraît que tout est presque complet — on nous a conseillé de venir dans la journée dans l’espoir de rejoindre un groupe qui a déjà réservé ou en cas d’annulation.

Visitez le site ci-dessous pour en savoir plus sur les projections des films de Gondry dont Soyez sympas, rembobinez et Human Nature qui vont avoir lieu au Pompidou jusqu’au 13 mars. C’est aussi noté dans la liste des évènements auxquels Gondry lui-même va participer.

Cette exposition est un vrai plaisir pour les inconditionnels de Gondry ainsi que les néophytes du film; les visiteurs peuvent se promener dans les décors où les participants de l’atelier font leurs films et y prendre part en jouant avec les nombreux accessoires exposés — les opportunités de prendre des photos ne manquent pas ici. Avec sa programmation des évènements, il a créé des chances de participer pour tout le monde, peu importe leur niveau d’expérience dans le milieu. Par conséquent, la réalisation des films est rendu accessible et qui sait, peut-être Gondry aura-t-il même influencé les choix d’étude ou de carrière des jeunes participants.

Quant à ses projets récents dont il a parlé pendant la soirée d’ouverture de l’exposition, le succès de Gondry est évident : c’est un homme vraiment sympa et un réalisateur excellent, ses talents créatifs semblent inépuisables. Les animations dans son film-interview avec Noam Chomsky sont ingénieusement interprétées et accordées aux réponses de Chomsky et les autres court-métrages qu’on a vus pendant la soirée d’ouverture étaient gais mais réalisés avec délicatesse. Pour finir cette magnifique soirée, Gondry a rejoint son frère pour jouer avec leur groupe pour tous les visiteurs. Les films, le plaisir et la musique du talentueux Mr Gondry font m’ont fait passé une merveilleuse soirée parisienne.

 

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

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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