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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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The Economist Film Project

The Economist, launched in 1843, is spreading its journalistic wings
and taking on new areas of media with its brand new documentary project,
started in January in partnership with PBS Newshour.

The weekly English language newspaper, based in London, consistently
claims to encourage intelligent debate and discussion on current global
issues, and their newest campaign to continue this way of thinking is
through young filmmakers.

Editor and director of the project, Gideon Lichfield, understands the
confinement that words can sometimes pose and feels that documentary
film can give a new vivid lease of life to current global headlines. The
target audience is people seeking intelligent debate from films that
can concisely tackle an issue in one area of the world – the project
should encourage people to ‘disagree agreeably.’

The documentary idea is a rolling project, with 3 films a month being
published on both the Economist website and featured on PBS Newshour.
Anyone is free to submit an entry, from short to feature length films.
Chosen applicants will be given a generous $4000 to produce a 6-8 minute
short suitable for publication.

For more information and to submit an entry go to


Le Projet Cinématographique de The Economist

The Economist, fondé en 1843, déploie ses ailes pour aborder des
nouveaux domaines dans les médias avec son nouveau projet documentaire
commencé en janvier en partenariat avec PBS Newshour.

L’hebdomadaire anglais basé à Londres cherche invariablement à
encourager des débats intelligents sur des problèmes du monde actuel et
leur nouvelle campagne a pour but de continuer sur cette réflexion avec
de jeunes réalisateurs.

Le responsable du projet, Gideon Lichfield, comprend la contrainte
posée parfois par les mots et il pense que le film documentaire peut
redonner vie aux titres mondiaux actuels. Le public ciblé est celui qui
cherche la discussion intelligente des films qui pourraient aborder
brièvement un problème dans une partie du monde et encourager les gens à
“être en désaccord aimablement”.

L’idée des documentaires est un projet continu, avec 3 films par mois
publiés sur le site de Economist ainsi que sur PBS Newshour. Tout le
monde peut soumettre une oeuvre, des courts aux longs métrages. Les
candidats choisis recevront une somme de $4000 pour réaliser un court
métrage de 6 à 8 minutes approprié pour la publication.

Pour en savoir plus et soumettre une vidéo:




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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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