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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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Prize Announced For ÉCU 2010 Experimental Film Award Winner!


ÉCU is proud to announce its partnership with Modul8 for ÉCU 2010! Brought to you by GarageCUBE based out of Geneva, the winner of the ÉCU 2010 Experimental Film category will be awarded a Modul8 editing package, “a revolutionary MacOS X application designed for real time video mixing.” From veejaying to contemporary art to video production, Modul8 is a flexible, responsive and easy-to-use editing software. Read more below or click here to visit the website.


Modul8 2.6
Geneva, Switzerland – December 3, 2009.
GarageCUBE presents a new version of its revolutionary live video performance tool for Mac OS X: modul8 2.6. It is designed for VJs, live video performers, stage designers and anyone working with live video presentations and installations. Modul8 has become known in the live media production community for its speed, stability and ease of use.
This new version of modul8 builds upon this reputation by integrating new features into the existing architecture and interface that further its position as an essential tool in the performing arts and event production environments. With the new features, Modul8 2.6 is now 100% compatible with Snow Leopard, allows sound analysis, supports DMX control, integrates up to 4 live video feeds.
What’s new in modul8 2.6?

Compatibility with Snow Leopard

Sound Analysis
Fine tune how compositions react to specific sounds. Isolate frequencies using the Sound Analysis Configuration panel and turn sound into movement. Applying these movements to a layer has been neatly integrated into the existing Animation FX panel.


DMX control
Modul8 can be integrated into any existing stage setup so that it can be controlled  with a light controler. Using the module system, it is also possible to develop custom  interfaces for controlling DMX devices. Few modules are already include to the  online library.

Up to 4 live video feeds
Incorporate several view points using multiple video cameras and mix them  together as you would any other media within Modul8.
Movie folder
Quickly create a slide show by dragging a folder containing images from your  desktop into the Modul8 media set. Add or remove images from the folder to modify  the sequence.
Blend modes
An essential feature for most compositing tasks, blend modes allows for artistic  experimentation with any image based media.
MIDI and keyboard improvements
Start every new project with a familiar feel by quickly incorporating the controls that  serve best. A favourite MIDI controller mapping created in a previous project can  now be used instantly within any new project. Import/export mapping. Automatic detection of MIDI devices.  Midi device filtering.
Wacom tablet support
The Painter module responds to pen pressure allowing you to add a natural, lively  feel to video performances.

To learn more about Modul8 and download a demo version of Modul8 2.6 visit our website at


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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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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