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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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Line Up for the 24th Galway Film Fleadh announced

Last week in the Radisson Hotel, Galway, the programme for Ireland’s premier film festival, the Galway Film Fleadh, was unveiled.

Among festival staff, industry professionals and film entusiasts, Festival Programmer Gar O’Brien said at the launch “This year is without doubt a banner year for Irish film…alongside the usual mix of the best in world cinema and documentaries”.

The 24th edition of the festival, which takes place from 10-15th July, has a line-up that includes 13 World premieres, 7 European premieres and 7 Irish premieres. Among the big names, Pixar’s upcoming ‘Brave’ will screen at the festival alongside ‘Shadow Dancer’, the dramatic debut of Oscar winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man On Wire, 2008) starring Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson.

Irish films, Grabbers, Silence and a variety of shorts will all premiere at the festival as well.

The festival will no doubt gain greater attention this year after being awarded Academy Award Qualification status last November for it’s short film category. Irish short films have tended to do well at the Oscars, with 6 nominations and 1 win in the last four years, a number of which received premieres at Galway.

The festival has established itself as a heayweight on the festival circuit in recent years, with World premieres of Irish films Once (John Carney, 2006) and The Guard (John Michael McDonagh, 2010), both of which went on to enjoy international success. Once, a film about the love between two musicians, went on to screen at Sundance the following year and subsequently won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2006. The Guard has become the most successful Irish film financially since it premiered at the Fleadh last year, and lead to a Best Lead Actor – Comedy nomination for Brendan Gleeson at the Golden Globes this past January.

The festival also hosts a number of events, including a Film Fair, Pitching Award and a number of masterclasses. This year features events in Post-Production, Screenwriting and Directing. Lisa Albert, writer/producer of Mad Men, will also take part in a Television Writing & Development Masterclass.

The festival also attracts a number of internationally recognised stars. This year, Aiden Gillen (Game Of Thrones) is promised along with Guest of Honour, French actress Isabelle Huppert. Last year Angelica Huston and Martin Sheen both took part in the festivities. Previous year’s guests include Pierse Brosnan, Woody Harrelson, Stephen Frears and Anthony Minghella.

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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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