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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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Scott’s June Festival Update

With a lot of Europe preparing itself for a nice long summer break
we seem to have stepped up a gear and had an incredibly busy month here
at ÉCU this month – and the cool thing is that there appears to be no
end in sight as we head down various roads and avenues at warp speed!

Last week I was joined at the London Film Academy by Lousia Mayman
(director of ÉCU 2010’s Best Student Film) for an ÉCU 2011 presentation
and the screening of Lousisa’s film, The Highest Low. It was a great
night and many thanks to Anna and Daisy from the LFA, the attending
students, Lousia as well as to G-Tech who supplied 2 of their fantastic
drives as lucky door prizes.

While in London I also met with Elliot and Julian from The Raindance
Festival – keep an eye on this space for some interesting news
regarding ÉCU and Raindance in the near future!

Then it was off to Italy for the Corto in Bra film festival. Bra is
the ‘slow food’ capital of Italy and has been hosting the festival for
9 years. While the food was slow (the service sometimes matched) the
festival’s organizers were right on the ball, the atmosphere was
fabulous and the ‘official selection was invigorating. Italian cinema
isn’t what it was, that’s for sure, but what a pleasure to see a new
wave of Italian filmmakers coming up and pushing boundaries again. The
outdoor screenings on warm and sultry nights in cobbled Piazzas in
front of responsive audiences is a memory I won’t forget for a while!

Submissions are continuing to come in at a good rate and clips from
them will soon be available on ÉCU’s viemo site – check ‘em out and
leave your comments! If you have a film that you’d like to submit go to
www.ÉCU where it’s simple and easy!

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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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