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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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Winners of ÉCU 2012

Best European Independent Film 2012 – “Berlinoises”  by Rocco Labbé (France)

Best Short Script – “The Chicken” by Una Gunjak (UK)

Best Feature Script – “Sole” by Allee Pitaccio (USA)

The European Youth Excellence Award in Filmmaking – “Drawing a Smile” by ICFF (Cyprus)

Best Independent Experimental Film – “Achantè” by Emily McMehen (Canada)

Best Student Film – “Callum” by Michael Van Der Put (UK)

Best Non-European Independent Documentary – “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by David Schmit (Australia)

Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Feature – “The Forest is Red” by David Jakubovic (USA)

Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short – “Paul” by Adam Bizanski

Best Independent Music Video – “House” by Prano Bailey-Bond (UK)

Best Independent Animation – “A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation” by Martin Wallner and Stefan Leuchtenberg (Germany)

Best European Independent Documentary – “M Ferma” by Rita Broka (Latvia)

Best European Independent Dramatic Short – “The Corner Shop” by George Hamilton (UK)

Best European Independent Dramatic Feature – “Women and Children” by Daniel Mitelpunkt (UK)

E-Inclusion Film Award – “Time of the Plums” by Sezen Kayhan (Turkey)

Best Editing – “Her Mother’s Daughter” by Oonagh Kearney (UK)

Best Cinematography – “Iron Doors 3D” by Stephen Manuel (Germany)

Best Actor –  “Wacked..!” (Switzerland)

Best Actress – in “Maria” by Tesha Moon Krieg (Germany)

Best Director – for “The Return” by Blerta Zeqiri (Kosovo)

Audience Award – “The Rhythm of Life” by Franck Onouviet and Marc Tchicot (Gabon)

Special Jury Mentions:

“Bliss Street” by Paul Donovan (Canada)

“Zoltan: The Hungarian Gangster of Love” by Justin Reardon (USA)

“The Poet” by Mauro John Capece (Italy)

“My Friend, the Thief” by Roland Kennedy (UK)

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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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