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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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Live Music at ÉCU

If you are a fan of Rock, Jazz, Folk, Americana, or Pop music – or
even a mixture of all five – then you are in for a dance-inducing,
awesome weekend with ÉCU. Brought to you by our partner, Access Film
Music, six incredible and diverse musical acts from four countries have
been confirmed to perform at this year’s festival. Bringing with them
the coolest and most unique new tunes from their respective cities in a
buffet of styles, these artists personify true creative innovation and
possess an undeniable passion for their craft.

We have four performances flying in from the United States:

- Caleb Hawley (,
a New York based guitarist and singer, is no newbie to the music scene.
With numerous awards from prestigious music festivals and
organizations, a resume including American Idol Top 50 and stage-time
alongside Dave Matthews, Mark Cohn, and Rusted Root, this artist, with
buttery smooth vocals, knows just how to jam.

Paul Inman’s Delivery (
is a four man band from Hollywood, California with a music style they
describe as gothic-tinged americana infused with folk and pop. The group
has released four full-length CD’s, the newest of which incorporates
electronica and blues stylings to further expand their repertoire.

- Anyone that has been priveleged enough to perform at the legendary
Blue Note NY Jazz Club has got to be a serious musical mastermind. New
Jersey based, Nobuki Takamen (,
is the leader of his own jazz group. Takamen performs as a solo
guitarist as well and has toured Canada, Japan, and the United States.

“Chicago” Mike Beck ( has
been performing for over fifteen years as an energetic artist. Beck is a
member of two rock groups and well versed in blues, gospel, soul, and
jazz. But, he is better known for his hard-hitting style on the acoustic
guitar which he infuses with a bluegrass twinge.

Traveling from Europe we have two performers:

- Karim Baggili (
hails from Brussels, Belgium and is perhaps the most exotically styled
musician of the bunch. A self-taught guitarist and Arabian Oud player,
Baggili is a master of the strings and has worked as a composer and
arranger for several albums, documentaries, and short films. He also
created Aton Lua, a world rock music project in which he sings in
various languages and plays different personalities.

- Tim Ouburg ( is
all about the passion and enjoyment of music. A Tilburg, Dutch native,
he specializes in keyboard, piano, and the Hammond organ. In 2009,
Ouburg was able to combine his two loves: traveling and music. He toured
alongside fellow ÉCU performer, “Chicago” Mike Beck, around Europe and
the United States.


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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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