Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

FILMFESTIVALS | 24/7 world wide coverage

Welcome !

Enjoy the best of both worlds: Film & Festival News, exploring the best of the film festivals community.  

Launched in 1995, relentlessly connecting films to festivals, documenting and promoting festivals worldwide.

A brand new website will soon be available. Covid-19 is not helping, stay safe meanwhile.

For collaboration, editorial contributions, or publicity, please send us an email here

User login


RSS Feeds 

Martin Scorsese Masterclass in Cannes services and offers


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







v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}
.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}




/* Style Definitions */
{mso-style-name:"Table Normal";
mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;

Mel Stuart

This week the spotlight is on Mel Stuart, the documentarian and
filmmaker who has recently died at the age 83.

(Image of Mel Stuart)

Mel Stuart was a celebrated
figure in the television and film industry, most notably known for bringing the
fantasy world of Roald Dahls’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” to the big

He began his career working for
CBS news as one of the researchers for the 1950s documentary series The 20th
Century. Later he worked with David L. Wolper after he asked Stuart to join a
new west coast documentary production company that he had founded. Together
they produced various documentaries including the Oscar-nominated “Four Days in
November” which accounts the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Other
documentaries of his include “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” (1968); and
the Emmy-winning “The Making of the President 1960”; as well as subsequent
explorations of the 1964 and ’68 campaigns.

Whilst his role as an acclaimed
documentarian was already apparent, it was the 1971 production of Charlie and
the Chocolate Factory that granted him celebrity in the movie making industry.
He made this film upon the request of his daughter Madeline who asked her
father to turn her favourite book into a movie. The 11 year old Madeline also
starred in a cameo-role as a student in the classroom. This film transports the
viewer into the fantasy universe of Willy Wonka’s factory and will forever be
remembered as a childhood favourite.

Two years later Stuart directed
the vastly different film documentary “Wattstax” (1973), which focuses on the
African-American community of Watts, Los Angeles in the aftermath of the 1965
riots. It contains footage of the inhabitants voicing their opinions on the riots,
their music and their race.

Stuart dedicated his life to his
work as a documentarian, to finding out the truth and broadcasting it to the
public. However his versatility as a filmmaker shone through with the magical
production of Willy Wonka which has endured the test of time and to this day
remains a family classic. Although chocolate rivers and edible flowers appear
at the foreground of the film, Stuart focused on the moral tale of Roald Dahl’s
book and wanted to emphasise the idea that good things come to good people. In
the words of Stuart himself, "I felt that it wasn't just a children's book
but rather a complex morality tale about good kids and bad kids, good parents
and bad parents."

Stuart was a talented
documentarian and a passionate storyteller and will be remembered for his
astounding works within in the industry. ÉCU wanted to celebrate his life, his
accomplishments and his excellence in filmmaking.



User images

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. 




View my profile
Send me a message