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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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November is the month of firsts here at ÉCU!

to the first of firsts…the launch of ÉCU’s new category, ‘ÉCU Firsts’.
This exciting new edition offers first-time filmmakers the opportunity
to screen their films at the ÉCU Film Festival in our special “ÉCU
Firsts” screening area in Paris, for free, from March 30th to April 1st
2012. Check our website’s Homepage for details on submission criteria.

For the first time ever, Kadi is off to Sofia, Bulgaria to judge the
7th edition of the International Student Film Festival -”Early Bird”-
which is ÉCU’s first Bulgarian film festival partner. Keep updated on
her experience via our Twitter feed.

Whilst in Norway this month, Scott expects to catch his first salmon –
some firsts may never happen :) In the meantime, he is excited to
present a special ÉCU screening of films from our official selection
2011 – Paths of Hate, Stanley Pickle, Colder, Exlibris, Jittertree, and Adelanto -
at the 1st edition of the Kabelvåg Kunstfilmfestival (17th – 19th
November 2011). He will also be conducting a masterclass and trying his
hand at arctic surfing!

First deadline! Be sure to submit your film by our “Early Bird”
deadline, 20th November 2011. Early bird worms come in the form of a
reduced submission fee! Simply go to our website to submit.

Another great event was the ÉCU Special Screening, 15th November
2011, 19h30-21h30 which took place at Café Coutume in Paris. Visit ÉCU’s
Facebook page to see some of the best photos.

This month, ÉCU is very pleased to announce its new partnership with
180, the first Portuguese TV channel to offer cultural content from
multiple sources.

We look forward to the exciting firsts that December has to bring!
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

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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