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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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"Reading Together" Trailer

New submission to Youth Category of ÉCU 2012 – “Reading Together” tells the story of a girl She ignores her surroundings, until the moment she meets a stranger on her everyday drive to school. Could this be the first ever Youth Category winner? /// Nouvelle soumission à “Film des Jeunes Réalisateurs Européens » d’ÉCU 2012 – « Reading Together » rencontre l’histoire d’une fille qui Elle ignore ses environs, jusqu'au moment où elle rencontre un inconnu sur son disque quotidienne à l'école. Serait-ce le gagnant première dans ce concours?
Laura is a dreamy girl attending 9th grade Grammar School. She often imagines her own world, and that's why she is bored by the real world. Therefore, she drifts off into daydreams.
She ignores her surroundings, until the moment she meets a stranger on her everyday drive to school. A plain gesture of noncommittal human attention breaks her cocoon of escapism: He simply flattens his newspaper to enable her to read with him.
Every morning's moment of “reading together” becomes a fixed ritual, although she never talks to her “newspaper-friend”. She gains self-confidence, since the ritual keeps her grounded. But suddenly her “newspaper-friend” disappears…
Laura finds herself thrown back to an even deeper level of escapism, imagining several improbable reasons for his disappearance.
Laura est une jeune fille rêveuse assister neuvième Grammar School de grade. Elle imagine souvent son propre monde, et c'est pourquoi elle est ennuyé par le monde réel. Par conséquent, elle s'en écarte en rêveries.
Elle ignore ses environs, jusqu'au moment où elle rencontre un inconnu sur son disque quotidienne à l'école. Un geste plaine de l'attention humaine évasive pauses son cocon d'évasion: il s'aplatit tout simplement son journal pour lui permettre de lire avec lui.
Moment, chaque matin de "lire ensemble" devient un rituel fixe, bien qu'elle ne parle jamais à son «journal-ami". Elle gagne la confiance en soi, puisque le rituel garde sa terre. Mais soudain, son «journal-ami" disparaît ...
Laura se retrouve rejeté à un niveau encore plus profond d'évasion, d'imaginer plusieurs raisons improbables de sa disparition

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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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