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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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ÉCU’s Partners Four River Film Festival and Youth Film Festival – The Yellow carpet

ÉCU’s Partners Four River Film Festival and Youth Film Festival – The Yellow carpet



From 12th to 15th September 2012, the 17th Youth Film Festival and the 5th Four River Festival will become the most important place for Croatian as well as international high school film. Thanks to the organization of the Croatian Film Association and the Cinema Club Karlovac, the city of Karlovac will again “become yellow” and about 160 high school kids from all over the world will give their dose of the colour yellow and good films. The Festivals will take place in the only city in the world, which lies on four rivers – Karlovac, Croatia.


In particular, The Youth Film Festival is, as the name suggests, the national festival of high school film and is therefore a central place for Croatian high school film production. Up to 2007 it moved from town to town for 12 consecutive years until Cinema Club Karlovac was given the privilege to host it from then on. Since 2008 they also organize the Four River Film Festival, which is the festival’s international counterpart.

This means that it is an international festival of high school film, which makes it unique not only in Karlovac but also in the whole region. This makes Karlovac a synonym for high school filmmaking and a top destination for high school film, in order to promote cooperation among young people and film and video production.


The emphasis is on films made by young filmmakers aged between 14 – 20 years (high school students), in fact only filmmakers aged 14 – 20 are allowed.


Marija Ratković, the Coordinator of the YFF and FRFF, said: "The film experts are aware of the importance of this event and its influence on young, creative minds. Sometimes, we forget that all of us have to start somewhere and that the beginning requires the most effort, the purest ideas and undisturbed creativity". The enthusiasm and the mutual connectedness of these young people encouraging creativity, personal growth and expert skills are the foundations of this festival. Therefore it is no surprise that there are more films each year, from more different countries around the world.

The Festival gives the possibility to win different Awards, such as The Best Animated Film, The Best Documentary, The Best live Action Film for both category, National and International ones and, last but not least, The Grand Prix for the best film. It will be a very interesting and mixed group of films.


ÉCU is glad to be part of this year’s Youth Film Festival and the Four River Festival by hosting a special screening of three ÉCU films from our 2012 festival: "Callum", by Michael van der Put, "The Time of the Plums" by Sezen Cayhan and "Much Better Now" by Philipp Comarella and Simon Griesser. Also, even though we cannot attend the festival on person, our president Scott Hillier, will make a video presentation to the young and talented filmmakers.


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Daniela De Pace 

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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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