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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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ÉCU launchs new award on E-Inclusion

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ÉCU Film Festival 2012 presents together with social innovation partner Holken Consultants its newest award “ÉCU E-Inclusion Film Award”. What is E-Inclusion ? E-Inclusion is a method in filmmaking that utilizes innovation to achieve a wider audience viewership, whether by use of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) or by pure individual imagination. We are looking for films that use creative ways to make it possible for any one with any social, cultural, ...

The alternative birth of the Music Video

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By Robert Barry In April 2005, less than a year before shooting their own debut film Electroma, the French electronic group Daft Punk directed themselves in a video for the song 'Robot Rock', from their third album, Human After All. The video finds Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in black leather and robot masks performing on a dark, neon-lit stage resembling somewhat the sets for the BBC's flagship pop music show Top of the Pops in the late eighties. Surrounding the stage, a p...

ÉCU launchs #twitscript!

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- GET INVOLVED HERE - On Monday 28th November ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival, Paris's premier showcase for independently financed shorts and features, will attempt to write - and produce - a short film entirely made up of contributions crowd sourced via the Twitter social network. With an opening scene setter provided by the festival, it is then up to their followers to provide all successive dialogue and actions, creating new scenes, introducing other characters, building up...

ÉCU at Early Bird Student Film festival, Bulgaria

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During our time in Bulgaria, we had a great time showing our films and we hope everyone else enjoyed it too! Here is what some of the Bulgarian media had to say about it... (Click to follow the links) Standart News   FriendFeed e-79 Bulphoto BTA Blagoevgrad B2B News ...

Interview with the make up artist Manlio Rocchetti and the dubber Rodolofo Bianchi

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  http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/?p=10005 Accademia Nazionale del Cinema: the tricks of the trade of an Oscar Prize and a King of dubbers. Last month ÉCU on the road, made a stop in Bologna, at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema, for a double screening! The Accademia hosts five courses attended by students from over 60 Italian cities. The original mission, namely to educate and prepare students in order for them to be able to understand, confront and successfully overcome th...

Crowd-funding - a Case Study "Postcards from Paris"

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Andrew Shermin shares his experience of making a film and using crowdfunding. This summer I shot a documentary about Paris that I produced myself, and am now trying to use crowd-funding to finish it. The concept was simple: a vision of Paris that was taken straight from reality, just a camera and a tripod on the street, offering a vision of the city that both confirms and subverts the fantasy of Paris that different media create. The images are like “moving postcards.” I was able to...

AUBG Short FilmFest, ÉCU ON THE ROAD

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BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria – The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski", The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Early Bird Student Film Festival and In the Palace International Short Film Festival will share for three days at the American University in Bulgaria during the fisrt edition of AUBG Short Film Festival from the 24th to 26th of November. AUBG Short Film Fest will showcase 28 short films from more than 13 countries. The films, ...

ÉCU Alumni Sebastian Mantilla presents Atik Media, and a unique webinar opportunity…

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ÉCU Alumni Sebastian Mantilla presents Atik Media, and a unique webinar opportunity… Atik Media's main focus is to build a bridge between Andean countries (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia) and Europe through production and network services from Spain. We are looking for producers, programmers and sales agents who are interested in listening to the sessions, called webinars, where filmmakers from latinamerica present their projects. The producers have direct access, without ...

Watersprite Student Film Festival (based in Cambridge!) wants YOU to submit!

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Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival - *Call for Entries*   For the third year running, Cambridge is hosting a vibrant student film festival, showcasing works from around the world alongside a diverse programme of free events. Already growing in leaps and bounds, Watersprite aims to recognise and reward emerging talent, inspire and educate young filmmakers and provide a meeting ground for students and industry professionals. In February 2012...

ÉCU'S top tips for Indepedent Cardiff

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Cardiff - a tiny city, but expanding and building in confidence every day. A city where if you want to do something, you can make it happen.   Nowhere typifies this more than Chapter Arts Centre. Want to try your hand at stand up comedy? Ask at the fortnightly amateur comedy show. Fancy playing obscure board games with strangers? Pop round on a Sunday afternoon. Always dreamt of seeing your work on the big screen? There’s a monthly showcase of local filmmaker...

November is the month of firsts here at ÉCU!

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On to the first of firsts…the launch of ÉCU’s new category, ‘ÉCU Firsts’. This exciting new edition offers first-time filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films at the ÉCU Film Festival in our special “ÉCU Firsts” screening area in Paris, for free, from March 30th to April 1st 2012. Check our website’s Homepage for details on submission criteria. For the first time ever, Kadi is off to Sofia, Bulgaria to judge the 7th edition of the International S...

Kabelvåg Kunstfilmfestival, Norway

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The Kabelvåg Kunstfilmfestival is finally seeing daylight this November, after local initiatives have materialized into more than just after-party-ideas in early hours of the morning. The small village of Kabelvåg has its roots deep in the fishing traditions of northern Norway. Despite location half-way to the North Pole, the village also boasts a well-established film and art school, a photo college and a considerable amount of local artists who form a vibrant creati...

ÉCU Firsts - a new category is launched!

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ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival is giving first-time filmmakers an even greater chance getting their work seen at the ÉCU Film Festival in Paris on the March 30th to April 1st 2012. If you enter your FIRST EVER short film (made after Jan 2010) into the ÉCU FIRSTS category, ÉCU will waive the submission fee and will guarantee a screening of your film in Paris in our special ÉCU FIRSTS screening area. All you have to do is to be at the festival to reserve your screening time an...

Special ÉCU Screening in Paris

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Time 15 November · 19:30 - 22:00 Location Cafe Coutume, 47 rue de Babylone, 75007, Paris. Created by: The European Independent Film Festival More info ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival presents a Special Screening on the 15th of November 2011 at Cafe Cout...

Interview with ÉCU alumni Yonathan Levy (director of "Das Kind" ÉCU's 2010 Film of the festival)

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  Yonathan Levy is a rising Israeli/French filmmaker who won ÉCU 2010′s Film of the Festival (Europe’s Best Independent Film 2010) with his touching film, Das Kind. ÉCU caught up with him at a recent screening of his film at La Mémorial de la Shoah here in Paris. 1. How did it feel to win ÉCU 2010’s Best Film award in Paris? I felt very honored to get the award, and at the same time very surprised as it was the World Premiere of “Das Kind”. ...

ÉCU hits the small screen with our new media partner Canal 180

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ÉCU and Canal 180: a new television channel on the Portuguese cable TV scene and totally dedicated to culture. ÉCU is pleased to present its new media partner: OSTV and its channel Canal 180. Canal 180 is an award-winning independent television project designed to cover a wide spectrum of cultural activity in Portugal. It is committed to promoting and developing national talent, as well as creating new content formats. It will be the first collaborative and interactive cultural cha...

ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November

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ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November Although the beginning of November is another milestone on the way to the deep midwinter, don’t despair! ÉCU has come up with a calendar of great things to do in and around Paris in the world of cinema. Even though the arrival of autumn spells the end of our Indian summer, thanks to the Festival d’Automne there will be lots to keep everyone’s mind off the gloom outside. Since 1972, the festival has offered challenging contemporary cul...

G-Technology Driven Creativity Competition – The Results

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We are delighted to announce that the winner of the second annual G-Technology Driven Creativity Competition 2011, and a prize of €5,000 and a G-SPEED Q drive, is Amateur Film Entry, 'We Miss You' by student filmmakers Steffen Wilhelm (Producer), Sebastian Bandel (Producer), and Hanna Maria Heidrich (Director). The judges favourite, their short film embodies the creative spirit of the competition, focusing on the relationship between humans and nature by asking: What if nature misses us or do...

October Newsletter Update

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Suddenly, Paris has become a lot colder and it’s fair to say that autumn is definitely here to stay. Luckily though ÉCU hasn’t been spending much time in Paris at all this month! The first adventure abroad was when ÉCU went to Raindance in London in October to check out what is going on with Independent cinema on the other side of the channel. Almost straight away, the team was off again to host “ÉCU in Georgia”, which was a huge success. ÉCU was very proud to take some of its f...

Vicky Mathers, ÉCU alumni talks about her film "Stanley Pickle" and life post-ÉCU!

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Hi Vicky! ÉCU here. We’ve never met, but your film ‘Stanley Pickle’ won the prize for ‘Best Student Film’ and we all absolutely loved it. How did you find out about ÉCU in the first place? I found out about ÉCU by searching for festivals in Paris- from the website it looked really active, and that's what drew me to it. Then I read more about it to discover it clearly had a great reputation so naturally I sent in Stanley Pickle. What’s happened to Stanley since April ...

ÉCU in Italy

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ÉCU Film Festival in Italy. A short presentation and special screening at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema. On Saturday, October 22th, 2011 from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm at the Accademia Nazionale del Cinema in Bologna there will be a presentation and a short screening by the ÈCU - The European Independent Film Festival will be held. The academy was founded in Bologna in 1986 and its prestigious center is situated in the historical Palazzo Felicini. The courses (filmmaking and screenwriting, make...

ÉCU goes to Silhouette Short Film Festival - find out what we thought!

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Silhouette Film Festival - Parc de Buttes Chaumont, Paris.   By Ed Millar and Jen Wallace An intrepid gang of ÉCUers made their way to the beautiful Parc de Buttes Chaumont to watch one night of the Silhouette Film Festival. The film festival is in its 10th year and is an outdoor event with films from all over the world projected onto an inflatable screen next to the lake. Here, ÉCU writers Jen and Ed, share their opinions on the festival and the films. Jen: ...

Kadi jets off to Cyprus...

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Only just back from Georgia, our Festival Manager Kadi Lokk is jetting off again! This time she is off to Cyrus to check out the International Short Film Festival there. The festival The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus aims to increase and accentuate the prominence of the short film genre. The Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus is funding a substantial number of short films every year and is constantly encouraging and helping young and established filmmakers to produce fil...

ÉCU’s suggestions for things to do in October

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As the month of October starts in Paris and the hot heat of our long Indian summer continues, it’s strange to think that winter must be on its way. To make the most of this last flash of hot weather, ÉCU has found some of the best things to do in Paris this month, including some things based outdoors for the sunny days, but also some things indoors for the cold front which will probably hit us by the end of the month…   “Le festival Pariscience” is taking place from 7th...

Catch up with EVERYTHING from our trip to GEORGIA!

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Over the weekend of 7th-9th October, ÉCU was honored to present “ÉCU in Georgia” From the moment we arrived, we were very pleased to be there. Check out here how excited we were to see out massive logo in the centre of Tbilisi! ÉCU The European Independent Film festival is now in it’s 7th year, and over that time we have shown films from more then 50 countries, including Georgia, to thousands of people, and helped directors discover their voices as they talked to th...

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
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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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