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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 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at




Welcome to the new Festival Manager, Kadi Lokk!

Seven months ago when I applied to work as an intern for ÉCU -The European
Independent Film Festival (aka Fun European Project as it said in the
Craiglist job ad!) I had no idea what I was getting myself into. During
these months I have met some of the most interesting people ever, worked
hard, played hard, but most important enjoyed my time while working for
the “Fun European Project”.

My position at the festival has been marketing coordinator, which has
been fun and I didn’t mind spending most of my days on Facebook and
Twitter :), managing social media buzz, getting filmmakers interested in
submitting their work and getting people to attend the festival.

When Scott, President of the festival came to me and offered me the
job to be the new Festival Manager, I had my fears. First, I wasn’t
scared that I couldn’t handle the job – I was afraid of giving my old
job to someone else. It’s tough to let go of something that you are good
at, but it’s also fun to jump into something new and very exciting. And
I am definitely someone who loves challenges and pushing myself faster,
higher and further. My second thought was, what if from now on they
don’t call me Miss Estonia and I just become just The Boss. :)

Is it scary? Yes, of course. Is it going to be heaps of hard work?
Definitely. Am I going to feel that nothing works the way I want it to?
Most probably. But is it going to be tremendously fun? No doubt about

Becoming the Festival Manager after Rhiannon, who did it for four
years, and Teodora who did it for ÉCU 2011 is definitely hard and I will
need to prove myself to many people. But as long as I have my team with
me and as long I know that people trust me, and trust what I am doing I
am going to be just fine. I am very excited and happy to accept this
position – and I cannot wait to put all my ideas into an action.

So what have I learned from working for the festival so far? I have
learnt that if you stay around for long enough, prove yourself to right
people then good things are going to happen and you would get onto a
ride that you can’t imagine, a ride that is hard to get off. So here I
am, standing in front of the carrousel. Am I going to jump on it and
have fun. Am I going to work insanely hard to make 2012 fantastic for
all concerned? Definitely!!!


Il y a 7 mois, j’ai répondu à une offre de stage pour travailler chez
ÉCU (appelé Projet Fun Européen dans l’annonce Craigslist !). Je ne
savais pas dans quoi je m’étais lancée ! Pendant ces derniers mois, j’ai
rencontrée beaucoup de personnes intéressantes et passionnées, j’ai
travaillé comme une folle, j’ai fais la fête comme une folle – en bref,
je me suis énormément amusée en bossant sur ce « Projet Fun Européen ».

Pendant ces derniers mois, j’étais la coordinatrice marketing du
festival. Ce fût marrant et stimulant, ça ne me dérangeais pas de passer
mes journées à travailler sur Facebook et Twitter, de créer du buzz en
ligne, de motiver les cinéastes à soumettre leurs productions, et
d’inciter le public à venir au festival !

Quand Scott, le président du festival m’a offert la position de
coordinatrice du festival 2012, j’ai pris peur – je pensais que je
n’allais pas pouvoir assumer le poste  – et je n’avais pas envie de
laisser mon ancien poste à quelqu’un d’autre ! C’est parfois difficile
de quitter un job où l’on se sent à l’aise parce qu’on est douée… mais
c’est excitant de se lancer dans de nouveaux projets. Je suis quelqu’un
qui adore les challenges et je suis toujours prête à repousser mes
limites et tenter de nouvelles choses. En plus de tout ça, je me suis
demandée si l’équipe continuerai à m’appeler Miss Estonia, et pas tout
simplement Le boss !! :)

Est-ce flippant? Oui, bien sûr. Est-ce que ça va demander une énorme
quantité de travail? Surement. Aurais-je l’impression que malgré mes
efforts, rien ne se passera comme je l’aurais voulu ? Probablement.
Est-ce que ça va être une expérience délirante et fun? Sans aucun doute!

Assumer le rôle de Manager du Festival après Rhiannon, qui la fait
pendant quatre ans, et Teodora, qui l’a fait pour le festival 2011, va
être une tâche difficile ; je vais devoir prouver mon mérite à beaucoup
de personnes. Mais je pense qu’avec l’équipe à mes côtés qui, j’espère,
aura confiance en moi et en les décisions que je prendrais, tout se
passera bien. Je suis contente et excitée d’accepter cette mission – et
j’ai hâte de m’y mettre.

Mon temps et mon travail à ÉCU m’ont déjà appris beaucoup de choses…
que si l’on s’implique, qu’on travaille dur et qu’on fait ses preuves,
on est embarquée dans un manège d’expériences et de rencontres
fantastiques… un manège duquel il est difficile de descendre !
Aujourd’hui, je suis débout devant ce manège. Je vais le prendre, et
m’éclater. Est-ce que je vais faire tout mon possible pour que le
festival 2012 soit fantastique pour tous ? Sans aucun doute !


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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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