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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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The European Independent Film Festival 2007, Paris, FRANCE. March 16th, 17th and 18th 2007

 The European Independent Film Festival 2007, Paris, FRANCE. March 16th, 17th and 18th 2007
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1 week till deadline for The European Independent Film Festival

Only one week to go to the submission deadline for The European Independent Film Festival 2007 and like last year we have been overwhelmed by the amount of high quality independent films that have been submitted. WOW.

From Europe we have had films submitted from: The United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Norway, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden, Serbia, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Romania, Switzerland, Ukraine, Finland, Serbia/Montenegro, Hungary, Denmark

Films submitted into our three foreign categories have come from: Japan, Canada, U S A, Australia, Ecuador, Singapore, Brazil , Cyprus, China, Philippines, Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia.

I’m sure that there are still some great films out there that we’d love to showcase – so spread the word! The only requirements are that less then 50% of the film’s budget can be from a studio or broadcaster – and it’s a good film. Films can be submitted online at

Our submission panel are working tirelessly to ensure another great selection for the 2007 festival. A recent addition to the panel is Jonathan Peake from the London Metropolitan Film School. Jonathan shares my belief of how important it is to get indie films out to the public and to help independent filmmakers get recognition for the work that they do which often goes un-noticed. Welcome aboard!

Some recent news:
Pursing our desire to help get audiences for independent filmmakers who are driven by crazy desire that we have as filmmakers to tell our stories, no matter the difficulties,, we have developed a partnership with the Independent Film and Television College in Baghdad. We will be screening four films that they have submitted, all short documentaries running up to 35 minutes. One of the films that really hit home to me was Baghdad Days by Hiba Bassem. In the form of a video the film follows Hiba as she is forced to leave her studies in Baghdad as the Americans advanced into the city. She returns a year later, finds a place to live so she can go back to school and has to study sitting on a mattress on a bare concrete floor in stifling heat and with no electricity. “I’m so tired” she says looking soulfully into the camera in the centre of the most dangerous city in the World. This is a view of real life in Baghdad and I can’t wait to see the audience’s reactions to these great human stories, well told by dedicated filmmakers. I’m hoping that Maysoon Pachachi, one of the creators of Independent Film and Television College in Baghdad, will host one of panels we’ll be holding throughout the festival and talk about what is like to make films in Iraq right now.

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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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