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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!




For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at





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How Are You
Spending Your Last Month of Summer?

What To Do In
Paris In August



August is
vacation month in France, and although most Parisians are off visiting other
beautiful places, some of us are still here. Whether Paris is your destination location, or you just
decided to suck around for the month, try and profit from all the vacant seats
in the metro and empty lines. Here are some great things to do for the month of
August. have fun!



Event: "Rando-Roller"
Tours of Paris

Although it's been a pretty rainy summer, the sun has decided to stick around
for the past week. So try and take it in as much as possible before it leaves!
Slip on your skates or rollerblades and take a roller tour of Paris with
"Rando-Roller." Every week they change up their route to discover
different parts of the city. Don't worry, they do take breaks throughout to
enjoy the surroundings!


Families and beginner riders start at 2:30pm every Sunday. Advanced and
seasoned rider tours begin at 9:30pm every Friday.


Where:  Families and beginner riders meet at the
Bastille Metro and advanced and seasoned riders meet at the Montparnasse Metro
Station. For more information, go to


Event: Kayak
and Canoeing Lessons


If you're an outdoors person and love the water then the boat club of La
Villette has 45 minute rowing and canoeing lessons right on the canal! Enjoy
the sun and take in the sites while learning from professional instructors.


Lessons are held on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 12pm and then again from
2pm to 5 pm.


Parc de la Villette


Event: Paris Plages


Everyone wants to hit the beach as soon as the summer starts to heat up. But,
as many of you know, its taken a while for that to happen here. Fret no more
though! The sun has finally decided to shine and running up and down the River
Seine, from the Louvre to Pont du Sully, sand, beach chairs, umbrellas, ice
cream venders, music and open-air bars can all be found. The banks have been
transformed into a lovely little beach! No need for expensive airfare or long
sweaty road trips, this beach is just minutes away. What are you waiting for?
Go stick your toes in the sand!


Starting around June 20th for four weeks.


Multiple locations along the Seine from the Louvre to Pont du Sully. For more
information, please visit




Open-Air Cinema Festival


We mentioned it last month, but as you may know, we're kind of movie obsessed!
Plus, there's still 26 more days left! Pack a picnic, bring a blanket or two
and relax on these warm summer nights watching movies outside! This open-air film festival is also a chance to
visit the citys gorgeous green parks and
watch some amazing free films, yes we said FREE. From indie to major
blockbuster hits, films are shown in their original language and shown on giant


July 25th through August 26th beginning at 9pm. Please visit for more information.


Where: The Parc de la Villette -
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019, Paris.



Shakespeare's Garden Theater Festival


Take in some culture this month and enjoy some outdoor theater at the Jardin
Shakespeare in the beautiful and lush Boulogne Woods, another great location
for fresh air and maybe even a romantic picnic. Every year, the theatre holds a
slew of plays, dances, and amazing musical performances. Tickets can be bought at
the theatre, but only by cash or check.


Throughout August. For more information, please visit

Bois de Boulogne Park - 102 route de Suresnes, Bois de Boulogne.


Cinéma au clair de lune


Heading into its 12th edition, this outdoor film festival screens classics
films outdoors throughout Paris in areas like the quaint Place des Vosges, the
iconic Trocadero area, or the beautiful Parc Monsouris. Better yet, its FREE!


August 5th through the 23rd. For more information, please visit


Throughout Paris.



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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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