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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 Pre-ECU-Festival Update

Fantastically stupefyingly busy. Sleep depravedand red-eyed. Tremendously excited. That’s the ÉCU 2011 team with only couple of days to go.

At ÉCU 2011 we will be screening 77 films from 26 countries competing for 20 awards, with 8 World Premieres and 5 European Premieres. Sixty filmmakers are making their way to Paris to be on hand for their screenings and to participate in the meet-the-director sessions where they can interact with their films audience. I’m guessing they will also be seeing as many films as possible, talk to as many other indie filmmakers as they can – and they might even dance, drink and make merry at the afterparties :)

All of the practical info regarding how to get to the cinemas, screening times and generally how to have a great festival is up on our website We have introduced 2 things this year which will greatly enhance your ÉCU festival experience and I strongly recommend taking advantage of them. The first is the ‘Festival Genius module on our website (also available as an iPhone app). There you can look at trailers of the competing films, and once you login (it’s free) you can build your own calendar of event which will sync with your iCal etc. You will be able to rate the films after you’ve seen them. You can also use this as a way to establish the filmmakers you’d like to meet at the festival.

You can do this by becoming part of ÉCU 2011 Social Network site where you can directly interact with the other Filmmakers about the things that are going on around the festival. You’ll even be able to talk to members of the ÉCU staff and ÉCU judges.

Our Platinum Sponsor G-Tech will be on hand in the ÉCU Production Hub to show you their latest and greatest products – products that I use in my editing workflows and Final Draft will be doing hands-on demos throughout the weekend.

The ÉCU 2011 team is amazing and is going to help put on a great festival. They will impress you – and I thank them deeply. I’m excited about the weekend – and I hope you are too.

See you soon!



À ÉCU 2011, nous projetterons 77 films de 26 pays qui concourent pour 20 prix différents. Nous aurons 8 avant premières mondiales, et 5 avant premières européennes. 60 réalisateurs sont en chemin pour Paris, pour assister à leurs projections, et participer aux rencontres avec le public, où des questions pourront être posées. Je suppose qu’ils en profiterons pour voir d’autres films, parler à d’autres réalisateurs indépendants – et peut-être même danser, boire des verres et s’amuser à nos after parties.

Toutes les infos pratiques concernant l’accès aux cinémas, les horaires de projection et tout le nécessaire pour passer un bon moment sont disponibles sur notre site. Nous lançons 2 nouveautés cette année pour améliorer l’expérience ÉCU, et je vous recommande chaudement d’en profiter : déjà, nous avons le module “Festival Genius“, disponible sur notre site (qui est aussi disponible en tant qu’application iPhone). C’est là qu’il faut aller pour pouvoir voir les bandes annonces, et une fois connecté (c’est gratuit), vous pouvez vous construire votre propre emploi du temps qui se synchronise avec votre iCal etc. Vous pourrez également noter les films après les avoir vus! Vous pourrez également déterminer quels réalisateurs vous voudriez rencontrer pendant le festival en devenant membre du ÉCU 2011 Social Network où vous pourrez discuter avec les autres membres. Vous pourrez même parler aux membres du staff ou aux jury!

G-Tech s’occupera de notre plateforme de production pour vous montrer les nouveaux produits les plus performants, que j’utilise personnellement! Final Draft fera aussi des démos de leur logiciel pendant le weekend.

J’ai hâte, et j’espère que vous aussi. Notre équipe est fantastique et contribue à faire que ce festival soit génial. Ils vont vous impressionner – et je les remercie du fond du coeur.




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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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