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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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Cannes - Off the Red Carpet

So you’re attending the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, but what else is
interesting off the red carpet? While Cannes is mainly appraised for its
highly esteemed film festival, there is much more to be discovered in
this trendy and posh French town.

an attendee of the Festival, it is very likely you will take stroll
along the famous Boulevard de la Croisette. This street stretches 2
kilometres along the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea, and is filled
with many prestigious shops, restaurants and hotels. While on Blvd. la
Croisette, you will also find one of Cannes nicest beaches, called plage
de la Croisette. Although there is an entrance fee of 15 – 22 euros,
you will receive a full day pass to the beach and all its conveniences,
including a mattress, parasol, a ‘chaise longue’ (long chair), fresh
water showers and a kiosk selling drinks. If high-end shopping and
dining on la Croisette isn’t quite your bag, take a visit to la rue
d’Antibes. Here, you can find an abundance of more moderately priced
shops, boutiques and restaurants. Rue Meynardier is particularly known
for its great priced dining and is surrounded by one of Cannes oldest
residential areas.

a five-minute walk from plage de la Croisette, lays the historic
neighbourhood le Suquet, another must see in Cannes. Wonder through the
windingcobbled roads, packed with many restaurants, overlooking the Bay
of Cannes itself. At the bottom of Le Suquet, on Rue Dr. P. Gayagnaire,
you will find the Marche Forville. Here, you’ll find an authentic,
French outdoors market, specializing in quality produce harvested by
local farmers and vendors.

some time on your hands? The city of Cannes is close to a number of
beautiful and well-known islands, and if you’re feeling adventurous, why
not take a boat trip just off shore of the French Riviera to the nearby
destinations. Ile Ste. Marguerite is home to the famous Fort Royal,
which detained the mysterious prisoner, ‘Man in the Iron Mask’ for what
is said to be 11 years of his life. Enjoy a tour of the prison, Musée de
la Mer, and see for yourself the prisoner’s cells, all of which date
back to the 17th century. Places such as Nice, and lavish
island, St. Tropez, are no longer than an hours travel outside Cannes.
Simply rent a car or take a bus trip to these southern getaways. A boat
ride is necessary to travel to St. Tropez, but rest assured, this small
island is packed with some of France’s finest and most luxurious
amenities, and is truly worth the time!

Night time in Cannes is just as exciting as daytime, so if you’re
more of a night owl, Cannes has a handful of lively spots where you and a
friend can grab a drink and enjoy some great music. Bar 4 U, located on
Rue des Frères Pradignac, (just off of la Croisette) is the spot for
you if glam, fashion and costly drinks are your style, and hey - you may
even spot a celebrity or two in this swank nightclub.

Looking for something a little more low-key and casual? Definitely
check out Morrison’s, Cannes’ best Irish pub, located on rue Teisseire.

And last but not least, for any of you wine connoisseurs out there, (okay, you don’t actually have
to be a wine connoisseur, but an appreciation helps) drop into Le Bar a
Vin. Here, you’ll taste a variety of some fabulous French wines Cannes,
(and don’t worry - you won’t pay an arm and a leg either!)

So, while you enjoy these upcoming weeks the perks and benefits of
experiencing one of the world’s greatest annual film events – don’t shy
away from exploring the many other impressive sights the South of France
has to offer!

by Gabrielle Martin


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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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