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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 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
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Founded by Saint Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union festival, The Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” is held annually with the assistance of the Committee of Culture of Saint Petersburg Government.

The Film Festival “Beginning” represents a very important opportunity for independent and new cinema in Saint Petersburg. Every year the city at the Neva River welcomes young filmmakers, documentarians, directors, script writers, sound producers and all representatives in general from different film schools and for them the participation in this kind of festival could be a fundamental and rousing opportunity, where they can build up their own future, the real beginning of their creative career. This is the reason why the festival is called “Beginning”, since the title of the festival is originated from its main objective.

Thirty-nine film schools presented their works in the festival last year. The Festival brings together different points of view, cultures and original traditions of the countries that will participate in the competition. In the meantime it shows which is the whole situation in young modern cinematography in order to give young people the possibility to demonstrate their own talent and creativity in cinema field.

The Festival also aims to draw interest of viewing audience to the works of young filmmakers and to reveal tendencies towards development of young cinema in different countries by maintaining international contacts to promote experience and ideas exchange among film schools. All these goals will act as inspiration and inducement for young filmmakers to be more and more creative and innovative.

The Open Saint Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” begins September 21st and runs until Thursday 27th, 2012. The Festival gives the possibility to win different Award, such as Grand Prix for the Best Film in Main Competition, Best Fiction Film, Best Documentary, Best Script and so on.

ÉCU is very happy to be part of this year’s Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival “Beginning” by hosting a special screening of seven ÉCU films from our 2012 festival:

“Callum” by Michael van der Put, “Beats of Love”, by Wim Geudens, “Cake Story” by Milko Yovchev, “Derapage” by Arnaud Saibron, Bertrand Saint-Martin, Guillaume Petit, Luc-Ewen Martin-Fenouillet, Mathias Berday and Olivier Landais, “8 Second Dance” by Trey Moya and Howard Cook, “Hadley TK-421″ by Jonathan Reid-Edwards and “Goldfish Love” by Elin Gronblom.

So, if you are in St.Petersburg around this time, then be sure you go and check out the festival.

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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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