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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!

 

 

 

For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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ÉCU'S top tips for Indepedent Cardiff

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 filmmakers.

Chapter can be relied on to pick up the documentaries, independent
films and world cinema the multiplexes miss. They also run regular
retrospectives which, in recent months, have included French New Wave
and the Muppets. Chapter has a real sense of community - the canteen
area is always busy with writers making the most of the free Wi-Fi and
musicians taking in the wide range of ales. Even the jewellery and art
in the shop is by local talent.

The Junket Club brings comedy rarely performed
outside the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to Cardiff, and each event takes
place in a unique venue to fit in with the headline act. For example,
The Junket Club has already put on Lloyd Woolf in the National Museum of
Wales, Nick Helm in a yurt and Josie Long in a planetarium. The care
poured into each show means the hand crafted tickets for each show sell
out in hours.

Shopping in the UK is an increasingly generic experience, yet hidden
in Cardiff’s shopping arcades are unique restaurants, cafes and stores
with staff passionate about what they do. One obvious example is Spillers Records,
the oldest record shop in the world. The staff are so helpful and
knowledgeable, that just by telling them what you’ll like, they’ll find
your new favourite album. However, it’s more than just a place to buy
records; it’s also a local institution with fiercely proud patrons. An
unwritten rule in Cardiff is that everyone must own at least one
Spillers t-shirt, though wearing one while in the city is considered
something of a faux pas.

Live music is also well catered for by a handful of venues in the
City centre. Every October, they are taken over by Swn Festival, which
puts on hundreds of bands in less than a dozen venues over a weekend.
Now in its fourth year, it’s building a reputation of bringing bands to
Cardiff just before they make it big. Previous line-ups have included
Beirut, Perfume Genius and Yeasayer.

In terms of television, Doctor Who, Sherlock, Merlin, Being Human and
Torchwood all call Cardiff home. As since Cardiff is so small, you’ll
find yourself habitually running in to actors, and film crews can
regularly be spotted around town. During his time as The Doctor,
Christopher Eccleston was a regular Spillers customer and current Doctor
Watson, Martin Freeman, could be found between shoots having a cup of
tea in Chapter. Sadly for blokes though, sightings of Karen Gillan are
rare.

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

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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