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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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Cinema and Young People – ÉCU Film Festival Presentation in Italy

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 independent films.

The fun and casual atmosphere, with plenty of finger food, music and drinks, saw a wide range of attendees, including: Claudio Di Biagio, Matteo Bruno, Guglielmo Scilla, Giampaolo Speziale with FREAKS! Project, an Italian web series, Adriano Bonforti, a member of the Creative Commons website ‘PATAMU’, Tania Innamorati, a member of the Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding project ‘CINEAMA,’ and not to mention ÉCU’s very own president, Scott Hillier!

Everyone who attended the event had the chance to introduce their own activity or project to the audience. One such presenter was Martha Capello, president for the Association Young Film Producers (A.G.P.C.) This association works to protect, improve and develop the entrepreneurial and artistic activity of rising generations of youth in the film sector. According to A.G.P.C., cinema must support the generational exchange at not only the artistic level but also the productive level by encouraging the founding of new businesses and favoring the growth of those already in existence. The aim of A.G.P.C. is to determine new trends that are able to open up new projects, guaranteeing technological and production development, and ultimately to enhance the experience and growth of young independent producers.

After showing a collection of ÉCU film festival clips and interviews of the winners for the 2011 festival awards, Hillier went on to speak of the festival and offer some tips to the students of the school. According to Hillier: -“(…) making films – good films – is about making them very often. And that’s what film schools do, they give you the facilities and the capabilities to make as many as you possibly can (…) It takes a lot of bravery and a lot of repetition, and that’s what I beg of you: is to make a film every day, even in your head, but then practice it on your fellow students, your teachers, your brothers, your sisters, your aunties, your uncles – because trust me, the only way to become a great filmmaker is to make as many films as you possibly can.”
The presentation aroused a great deal of interest among the students, and fortunately ÉCU’s Italian representative was able to provide further information regarding the festival, registration and even possibly partnering up with travel agencies to enable students to attend the ÉCU film festival in Paris at a reduced cost in the future.

A fun filled evening that nonetheless helped to promote the ÉCU film festival, allowing ÉCU to expand to one of the most important Italian cities in the field of independent cinema! But this is only the beginning, as Italy promises great things for ÉCU and its growth. We encourage you to stay tuned, especially if you are ever in Italy, so as not to miss out on one of our events!

Alessia Massa, ÉCU Italian Representative/Business Development Manager



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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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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