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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 www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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May 31st Special Screenings Event

Tuesday night, May 31st, ÉCU hosted its first
of our year-round Special Screenings Event in Paris for two films that won
awards at the 2011 festival; Paths of
Hate
, winner of Best Animation, featuring two combat fighters at war
with each other; and Salam Rugby,
winner of Best Non European Independent Documentary, following the first
women rugby class ever organized in Tehran.

The evening event which ran from 20h to 23h
was held in the eclectic "Café
Coutume
," located in the 7th arrondissement,  and saw a considerable
turn out of film fans hailing from numerous different organizations and companies. ÉCU director Scott Hillier
launched the evening with a short speech thanking all the guests for attending,
emphasizing the important role they play in helping to support and sustain an
independent film festival like ÉCU.

Festival manager Kädi Lokk then took a moment to promote the latest update to
ÉCU, the addition of a new special ÉCU Members
Club
that enables the most dedicated film fans to receive up to date
information on upcoming events and showings, and receive special perks for a
small fee of 15 euros.

Overall a very successful screening for ÉCU. We look forward to hosting many
more in the meantime while we prepare for ÉCU Film Festival 2012! 

 

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Mardi soir, 31
mai, ÉCU a accueilli le premier événement de nos projections spéciales pendant
toute l’année  à Paris pour deux
films qui ont remporté des prix lors du festival 2011; Paths of Hate, lauréat du
meilleur film d’animation, mettant en vedette deux combattants de guerre; et Salam
Rugby
, lauréat du meilleur documentaire indépendant non européen, qui a
suivi la première équipe de rugby féminine jamais organisé à Téhéran, Iran.

La soirée qui
s’est déroulée de 20h à 23h a eu lieu au café éclectique “Café Coutume” situé
dans le 7ème arrondissement, et était très attendue par les cinéphiles de
nombreuses organisations et entreprises. Le directeur d’ÉCU Scott Hillier a
lancé la soirée avec un petit discours pour remercier tous les invités d’être
venus, en soulignant le rôle important qu’ils jouent pour aider à soutenir et
maintenir un festival de films indépendants comme ÉCU. 

Manager de Festival
Kädi Lokk a ensuite pris un moment pour promouvoir la dernière mise à jour
d’ÉCU – l’ÉCU Members Club qui permet aux cinéphiles les plus dévoués de
recevoir des avantages spéciaux pour la modique somme de 15 euros.

De manière générale, l’événement était une projection très réussie pour ÉCU.
Nous sommes impatients d’en organiser davantage pendant que nous nous préparons
pour notre Festival 2012 !

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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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