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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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PARIS CINECITY


by Robert Berry

For all Paris residents who are also lovers of cinema – a Venn diagram with a broad intersection if ever there was one - watching Woody Allen’s recent Midnight in Paris must have provoked a series of uncanny recognitions: the steps at the top of Rue de la Montagne Ste-Genevieve without the overspill crowds of drinkers from the Bombardier pub, entrance to Polidor on Rue Monsieur le Prince, but with the tables arranged slightly differently. Allen’s film presents an impossible geography of the city, with familiar corners leading to unfamiliar streets on the other side of town. It is, appropriately enough, a kind of oneiric dream Paris through which Owen Wilson sleepwalks, skipping across map references like a child playing hopscotch.

It is a curious fact of fiction that while fantasy writers – from J.R.R. Tolkein to China Miéville – will preface their novels with maps of imaginary territories and then cling to the relations between places there plotted with religious fervour, those authors who locate their dramas in real towns and cities will be much more likely to play fast and loose with cartographical fidelity. This is particularly true in the case of the cinema – and it would seem, amongst cine-cities, perhaps even more true of Paris above all. It is well known, for instance, that Jean-Pierre Jeunet, when filming his Amelie, deli berately stitched together those pebbledash corners of the city that could be mistaken for some quaint rural village.

Over the next few months here at the ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival we will be sketching a cinematic psychogeography of our home city and we’d like to invite you to join us. Which Parisian streets are there that will inevitably send your mind drifting to the back seats of the movie theatre? Will the Eiffel Tower be forever associated with James Bond’s lunch date in A View to a Kill? When you walk through the Louvre do you find your attention drifting away from the old masters and back to Anna Karina, Claude Brasseur and Sami Frey racing through its halls in Bande à Part? Write to us here at ÉCU and share your own cinematic cognitive maps of the city – and we’ll share some of our in return.

 Read the article in French, Italian or German here : http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/2012/01/paris-cinecity/ 

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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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