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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!

 

 

 

For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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September Newsletter Update

Now that the ‘rentrée’ has officially begun and the whole of Paris is back at work, it is no surprise that ÉCU has been as busy as ever this month! As the days get shorter and the nights get longer and colder, it’s clear that the lazy summer is over and its time to start the build-up to our 2012 edition in earnest. The rain outside has given our judges a good opportunity to go through more and more of the fantastic films we are receiving from around the globe

Away from the beginning of the autumn here in Paris though, ÉCU has been to warmer climates all around the world to visit our partner festivals this month. Starting of with “Festival de Villa de Leyva” in Columbia, then the “10th Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival” in Russia, and now the “Naperville Independent Film Festival” in America, our films have travelled far and wide.

 

There’s even more exciting trips abroad planned to our partner festivals, including “ÉCU in Georgia”, which will showcase some of our past winners in Tbilisi from 7-9th October, and which we are all looking forward to. After that, we are going to Romania for a retrospective of the last 6 years from 17th-22nd October. All in all, some people won’t be spending much time in Paris!
For all of us left at home though, we have also been busy this month writing about how to watch films without going to the cinema in France, the best cinemas in Paris and even a calendar for things to do in September.

If that wasn’t enough, there are also some fascinating interviews with past winners.
Another exciting development here at ÉCU is the launch of the Youth Category, which now has its own promo video, and has secured partnerships with the International Student Film organisation (ISFO), Olympia International Film Festival and CameraZiziano.
Between new submissions, screenings around the world, interviews, new partnerships, and a new category, there’s always a lot going on here! 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
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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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