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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. 

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Festival to showcase 94 films from 25 countries 13-15 March PARIS,FRANCE (18 February, 2009) – The European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakersand their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the fourth edition ofthe festival. ÉCU will showcase 94 films from 25 countries ranging in genrefrom feature films, short films,documentaries, animation and experimental films and for the first time a category for filmsdealing with environmental issues.    Competing at ÉCU 2009 will be ‘Voyage d’Affaires’ starring Guillaume Canet, ‘The Chef’s Letter’with Ray Fearon and “My Horizon”with Nick Nolte and Sean Brosnan. Inaddition, this year’s festival will launch the new ‘Perfect Pitch’ programme,The European Independent Film Channel and will include workshops and ‘Meet theDirectors’ sessions. “Iknow how hard it is for independent filmmakers to get the recognition theydeserve,”says Scott Hillier, ÉCU 2009’s President and Academy Award honoured independentfilmmaker. “Our mission is to discoverand showcase the most exciting young talent in the film industry today.”  
The jury will judge films from 11 competitive categories and award ‘Europe’s Best IndependentFilm’ at the ÉCU 2009 Awards Ceremony on Sunday 15th March 2009. Personalitiesfrom cinema, television and the arts as well as filmmakers and film industryprofessionals will mix with a cinema-lovingpublic craving the energy, free-spiritedness and innovation that embodiesindependent film. Hillier adds, “ÉCU brings the fresh, distinctive visionof these hugely talented new filmmakers to audiences craving innovation andreal creative flair. The platform we provide can be an essential link between adirector and a distribution deal.” The film festival takesplace on the 13th, 14th and 15th March 2009 atthe Bibliothèque Nationale de France,site François-Mitterrand in Paris,France.  Admission is free. The European Independent Film Channel The European IndependentFilm Channel will be launched at ÉCU 2009. Its mantra is to give filmmakersmaximum year-round exposure and to provide the public with the very bestindependent films from around the World.New Programme to Launch at ÉCU 2009The PerfectPitch is a series of workshops aimed at independent filmmakers looking tofine-tune their pitch presentations to producers, distributors and financiers. Atthe end of the workshops, twenty programme participants will be invited topitch their projects to a panel of industry professionals, including StephaneParthenay of Pyramide International, Alexis Hofmann of BAC Films and HengamehPanahi of Celluloid Dreams. Workshopsand ‘Meet The Directors’ SessionsThere will be a series ofworkshops presented by industry experts on scriptwriting, editing, acting anddistribution. ‘Meet the Directors’ sessions will be held throughout theweekend. Sinceits inception four years ago the festival has proved to be a discovery point for many ofEurope’s talented filmmakers, who are driven by the passion to make greatcinema, but don’t benefit from huge production budgets.  For more information and afull list of the 2009 Official Selection, go to    

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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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