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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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Catch up with EVERYTHING from our trip to GEORGIA!

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

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 their audiences in a multitude of
languages. The festival attracts a crazed bunch of misfits, visionaries
and terribly creative human beings; very much like the one the world
lost this week – I am, of course, speaking about Steve Jobs.

Jobs said that the only way to do great work is to love what you do –
and the people whose films that we screen at the ÉCU festival REALLY
love what they do, and they aren’t scared to do whatever it takes to
bring their stories to the screen. Independent film-making is a tough,
tough job because we are driven with a need to tell our stories, but
more often than not we don’t have the money to do it – so we have to use
immense amounts of imagination to bring our films to life. Einstein
said that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge
is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces
the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Think about when you go to the cinema to see a film; the lights go
down, the room goes dark and all of a sudden you are in another world.
You enter a world of make-believe, of love and hate, life and death, and
the beauty and the ugliness of the world we live in disappears when we
are in that dark room. Film has the power to make you laugh, cry and
even change the way you think about your life. Ah, the beauty of a good
film – how it can touch your soul.

This magic was captured perfectly in Georgia on our opening night. It
was truly the coming together of filmmakers and film fans in Georgia
that made it such an unforgettable and electric night. Check out a
flavor of it in our video and pictures of opening night…

To see more photos, click on the image below!

It is especially important for us to be able to go to Georgia for a
number of reasons, which Kadi Lokk, our festival manager, talks about in
this short interview.

Scott Hillier, Festival President, also added his own thoughts on the importance of being in Georgia. Check out his interview here.

Sincere thanks go to our partners and sponsors, without whom this
event would not have been possible. We had a truly amazing time in
Georgia and would like to thank all the people who came and showed their
support, and to everyone who made the weekend such a success. Special
thanks go to Tamara at the Georgian National Film Insititute. See out
interview with her here

 For even more photos of the event, click on the photo below to see all the photos!

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott



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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