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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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Festival de Cinema de Avanca 2011

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Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience turnout and its number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. This year, Avanca invited ÉCU Festival Manager Kädi Lokk to the festival to serve on its jury board! Renowned for serving as an international meeting grou...

July Newsletter Update 2011

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Français German Italian Spanish Hello ÉCU-ers and ÉCU-ettes! The month of July brings many things to Paris. Hordes of anglo-tourists, the Paris-Plages, a sweltering sun that never fails to remind us of the Frenchman’s aversion to A/C. With this onslaught of nuisances, many Parisians take this time to escape the hell of urban summers for a more pleasant environment. Scott, the wise man that he is, took a cue from the Parisians and fled the city for a balmier optio...

ÉCU visits the 2011 Paris Cinéma Festival

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Français From restored grand classic movies, to Pixar’s latest animated film, and not to mention a ‘Special Honor to Mexico’ showcase, there was something for everyone. The ÉCU team went to the festival to gather audience reactions. “So much action! Stimulation overload!”, “A high quality festival affordable for most people” and “10 days of REAL cinema” … were some of the reactions towards the Tuesday evening at the end of the MK2 Bibliothèque festiva...

Les Nuits en Or: UNESCO

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Français By Will Sayre – Intern at ÉCU On Avenue de Suffren here in Paris, you’ll find The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, an institute commonly known as “The UNESCO.” It hosts a wide array of cultural events, executive board meetings and conferences. Its motto: “Building peace in the minds of men and women.” On July 6, all was certainly peaceful as crowds of people filed into UNESCO’s grand theater for Les Nuits En Or, a presti...

Avanca Film Festival 2011

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Français Since its debut in 1997, the “International Meetings in Cinema, Television, Vídeo and Multimédia – AVANCA ’11″ festival has steadily grown in audience attendance and number of film submissions. Avanca has also succeeded in becoming the largest audiovisuals workshop space in Europe in the past 15 years. Every year, cinema enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world come to the small town of Avanca, Portugal, because the festival summons them to sh...

Live Chat: Young Women's Voices in Media

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Monday, July 11, Project Voicescape hosted a live chat to discuss the future of the media industry from the perspective of young creative women. This conversation is the first in an ongoing series of live chats called “Leading the Conversation” that ITVS will present this year. Find out more! Article: http://to.pbs.org/qkjxTN   Lundi, 11 juillet, Project Voicescape a animé une discussion en direct pour parler de l’avenir de l’industrie média selon le point de vue...

Volunteering at ÉCU European Independent Film Festival

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Budding young filmmaker? Creative writer? Marketing genius? Social Media Pro? Here is an amazing opportunity for you to gain hands-on experience in the fantastic world of cinema while working with a cool international team in the heart of Paris. Our festival wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for the tireless effort of all the people who volunteer every year. If you want to find out what goes on behind the scenes and join us in making it happen, then we w...

New Category – European Youth Film

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Français German Italian Spanish ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival announces the launch of a new category, “European Youth Film“, for it’s 2012 edition. ÉCU gives European youth the chance to submit their work to a supportive and engaging international community, providing them with exposure, helpful critiquing and the opportunity to participate in a real life film festival! Young filmmakers will be competing for the “The European Youth Exce...

Gael Garcia Bernal season at the MK2 Bibliothèque

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Français Aye aye aye, swoon! Ladies (and gents), grab your smelling salts and prepare to be won over by ‘Gael Garcia Bernal’ season at the MK2 Bibliothèque, running from now until July 12th, 2011. Mexican’s finest (and let’s face it, most caliente) actor is presiding over a retrospective of Mexican cinema at the MK2 Bibliothèque, which features films in which he has acted, produced and directed, and a ‘carte blanche’ selection of his favorite example...

Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

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Français German Spanish By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which is the creative stranglehold suffered by the country at the hands of ...

New Website Feature: “ÉCU on the Road”

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Check out our website’s newest page “ÉCU on the Road” which will help keep you informed as we tour our films around Europe and beyond! A big thanks to all our amazing partners who make this possible! http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/ecu-on-the-road-2012/ Jetez un œil à notre nouvelle page “ÉCU on the Road” qui vous permettra de rester au courant lors de nos projections en Europe et ailleurs ! Un grand merci à tous nos partenaires incroyables qui le rendent possible ...

2011 In The Palace Festival Draws Talent from 5 Continents

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Français Spanish By Alexander Acosta Osorio The ninth edition of In The Palace International Short Film Festival, held from June 18-25 in Balchik, Bulgaria, brought together more than 150 filmmakers from five continents. Cinematographers from South and North America, Europe, Asia, and North Africa presented work in four categories: fiction, animation, experimental, and documentary. Their films were judged by a panel of notable filmmakers, journalists, and industry...

New Festival Partnership: CinemadaMare Film Festival

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Italian ÉCU is proud to announce our latest festival partner CinemadaMare, based out of Rome, Italy. Below are some facts and figures about the festival! The “CinemadaMare” film festival was started in 2003, but eight years of exciting work have earned it a number of distinctions. 1. “CinemadaMare” is the biggest gathering of young filmmakers coming from all over the world. Last year the festival hosted 100 attendees hailing from 47 countries. 2. 162 films h...

ÉCU Attends 9th Annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival in Balchik, Bulgaria

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 ÉCU recently attended the 9th annual IN THE PALACE Film Festival which ran from June 18 to June 25 and took place in Balchik, Bulgaria to network, meet new talent and enjoy the black sea! Winners of the event can be found at this link: http://www.inthepalace.com/en/2011/news   ÉCU vient d’assister au 9è Film Festival “In The Palace” qui se passait à Baltchik en Bulgarie du 18 juin jusqu’au 25 juin pour tisser un réseau de relations, découvrir de nouveau tal...

New G-Tech Europe Facebook Page

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New G-Tech Europe Facebook Page Check out the new G-Technology by Hitachi Europe Facebook Page (click the screen shot below), and get the details on their 2011 Driven Creativity Competition ! Don’t forget to ‘Like’ it ! Jetez un œil à la nouvelle Page Facebook de G-Tech Europe (cliquez la capture d’écran au-dessous) et découvrez tout les détails à propos de leur compétition ‘Driven Creativity’ 2011. N’oubliez pas de cliquer sur ‘J’ai...

Donate and Support the Three Peaks Challenge

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ÉCU would like to inform all our festival fans that starting today, June 23rd, a Hitachi team of eight will be taking on the Three Peaks Challenge, a mountain endurance test where participants attempt to climb the highest peaks of England, Wales and Scotland. The team will attempt to summit all three mountains in less than 48 hours! The event is organized by the charity “The Railway Children,” which helps vulnerable children, particularly those living on the streets and a...

Cinema and Young People – ÉCU Film Festival Presentation in Italy

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011, the evening event “Reality Bites” was held at the Sentieri Selvaggi School in Rome, Italy. The event is held annually, and features live music and opportunities for producers and directors to share stories about their production experiences. The event also serves as a chance to close and celebrate a didactic year, meanwhile introducing future projects to come. Useful meetings are offered for students who are curious and wish to know more about the production of i...

June Newsletter

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Français Spanish Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry, the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly update. As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks after the screening. Missed the ...

The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris

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The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris Français German By Jen Wallace and Marc Rickenbach   On May 25, at Le Pavé d’Orsay, a narrow empty space tucked away in Paris’ 7th, we attended the Introductory Cocktail and Press hour celebrating the return of The Living Theatre to Paris after a twenty year absence. The following weekend, in collaboration with the Bilingual Acting Workshop, The Living Theatre would hold a workshop and two perfor...

“Dirty Old Town” To Be Released Theatrically

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    “Dirty Old Town,” a gonzo hit showing the darker side of Manhattan, will be released theatrically in Germany and Switzerland! On Thursday June 16th, “Dirty Old Town” will premiere at the Kult Kino in Basel, Switzerland. On Monday June 20th, it will then premiere at the legendary Kino Babylon in Berlin with other engagements to follow. More details below: —————– German Premiere ————————— DIRTY OLD TOWN Germa...

Cinema and Paris: A Love Story

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Cinema and Paris: A Love Story From Paris Blues to Midnight in Paris, not forgetting Last Tango in Paris… So many cinematic masterpieces were born on the streets of the capital! In the background or as a central subject, Paris has always attracted and fascinated filmmakers from all over the world. Putting its movement, its sparkle, its darkness and its beauty at the disposal of artists who come to immortalise it on a reel. The city of light shows its fidelity to th...

ÉCU Film Festival Presents: Exclusive Film School Offer

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    Bonjour ! Good morning! Guten Tag! Buenos días! Buongiorno! Bom dia! Kalimera! Tere hommikust! Goedemorgen! Dobré ráno! God dag! ÉCU Film Festival is now presenting an exclusive offer to all film schools to encourage students to participate in our festival! I would like to extend an invitation for your school to participate in the 7th edition of the European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU), Europe’s premier event for independent filmmakers an...

Sentieri Selvaggi "Reality Bites" Party

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If you will be in Rome Saturday, June 18th, consider attending the “Reality Bites” party for live music and stories of production experiences! Located at the Sentiere Selvaggi school. More details on our website! http://bit.ly/krXFOz Français Italian REALITY BITES NEW BUSINESS MODELS, CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHARING CINEMA Saturday June 18th 2011 @ 6.30 pm at Sentieri Selvaggi School: via Carlo Botta 19, Roma FREE ENTRY A pa...

ÉCU Launch Party 2011

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If you think our festivals are all work and no play, you’re wrong! Our launch party this year was awesome! Here’s a short clip that proves it. http://bit.ly/iUZztq Si vous pensez que nos festivals se résume à beaucoup de travail et peu de loisirs, vous avez tort ! Notre réception cette année était extra ! Voici un extrait qui le prouve.    http://bit.ly/iUZztq ...

May 31st Special Screenings Event

Tuesday night, May 31st, ÉCU hosted its first of our year-round Special Screenings Event in Paris for two films that won awards at the 2011 festival; Paths of Hate, winner of Best Animation, featuring two combat fighters at war with each other; and Salam Rugby, winner of Best Non European Independent Documentary, following the first women rugby class ever organized in Tehran. The evening event which ran from 20h to 23h was held in the eclectic "Café Coutume," ...

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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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