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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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Catherine Deneuve: The queen of French cinema that winks at the Independent cinema
by Alessia Massa

If you have a love for film, you must have a certain appreciation for French cinema. From the Lumière brothers to today, the French cinema has contributed many masterpieces that have helped to write cinematography history. Independent cinema is able to strike the heart’s chords; it can make you smile, touch you, and move you to tears. Catherine Deneuve, an actress born and raised in Paris, made her mark in French Cinema.

Miss Deneuve has worked with the greatest independent names of cinema around the world: Roger Vadim, Jacques Demy, Agnès Varda, Roman Polaski, Claude Chabrol, Louis Bunuel, François Truffaut, Raul Ruiz, Marco Ferreri, Claude Berri, Alain Corneau, Dino Risi, Philippe Garrel, Mauro Bolognini, Tony Scott; Claude Lelouch, Andrè Techine, Règis Wargnier, Arnaud Deplechin, Alain Cavalier, Manoel de Oliveira, Eric Lartigau, and many more. The Marianne of France also loves to work with directors of the most contemporary independent cinema: Thierry Klifa, François Ozon, Christian Honore, Gael Morel and Lars Von Trier. Her interpretative skills and self-assurance contribute to her range of roles, from dramatic and engaged to comic and light.

Every character is studied in depth, and as a good actress she doesn’t study only her persona but also the supporting characters who help build the story, giving her films a certain depth. For more than 50 years, she has devoted herself with an incredible passion to cinema, and when she loves a project she completely immerses hefself into the work. As a great lover of independent film schools, she has agreed to participate in a documentary devoted to the tragedy of the war in Lebanon. Deneuve is a real icon of the cinema, not only for her talent that has allowed her to collaborate with great directors, but for her style and elegance. A muse of Yves Saint Laurent; she has never hidden her great love for fashion, culture, photography and art. The independent cinema, for Deneuve, is not only a job but it is her life. She is an assiduous frequenter of the Parisian independent cinemas… so much that she has even furnished the restaurant of the Pantheon Cinema.

She is one of the few actresses that is still on the crest of the wave and in October will be in the cinemas with four films: Les Lignes de Wellington by Valeria Sarmiento, God Loves Caviar by Yannis Smaragdis, Astérix and Obélix: God save Britannia by Laurent Tirard (Astérix and Obélix Au Service de Sa Majesté) and Elle s’en va by Emmanuelle Bercot. This fall, French style icon Catherine Deneuve will help Le Bon Marché celebrate its 160th anniversary. The famous Parisian department store from September 15-21 will showcase Deneuve in 3D versions of illustrations by graphic novelist and illustrator Marjane Satrapi and will also be showing a new documentary of Loïc Prigent capturing her musings on the store’s historic neighborhood. The ground floor for the occasion will be transformed into a little cinema where there will be a screening of some of Deneuve’s films: The Mississippi Mermaid (La sirène du Mississipi) by François Truffaut, Le Bon Plaisir by Francis Girod, and more.


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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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