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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 Punishment TEASER

Synopsis: Alessio, caught by the headmaster painting a mural at school, tries to justify himself by saying he didn't realise he was actually inside the school as he was listening to rock music "... it gives him such a rush". As a punishment he has to clean the school toilets, listening to classical music...
Alessio realises that everything which happens in the school "sounds" different if seen from the point of view of the toilets and with different music: from episodes of bullying to what Chiara does everyday which is run to the toilets to vomit. Alessio wants to help the girl. The next day he makes sure she finds everything perfectly clean. When Chiara comes out from the bathroom the two exchange a smile and Alessio hands her his earphones for her to listen to some classical music... something between them has changed when we see them, smiling, in front of the mural which they have finished together, with a very special addition!
Synopsis -- French (15-45 words):
Alessio, capturés par le proviseur une peinture murale à l'école, tente de se justifier en disant qu'il n'avait pas réalisé qu'il était effectivement à l'intérieur de l'école comme il écoutait de la musique rock "... il lui donne une telle précipitation". Comme punition, il doit nettoyer les toilettes de l'école, écouter de la musique classique ...
Alessio réalise que tout ce qui se passe dans l'école "sonne" différemment si vu du point de vue des toilettes et une musique différente: à partir des cas de brimades à ce que Chiara ne quotidienne qui est dirigé vers les toilettes pour vomir. Alessio veut aider la jeune fille. Le lendemain, il fait en sorte qu'elle trouve tout parfaitement propre. Lorsque Chiara sort de la salle de bain de l'échange dans les deux mains, le sourire et une Alessio sa ses écouteurs pour elle d'écouter de la musique classique ... quelque chose entre eux a changé lorsque nous les voyons, en souriant, devant la murale qu'ils ont fini ensemble, avec une addition très spéciale!

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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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