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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




Elliot Grove - "99 Minute Film School"

Elliot Grove is a filmmaker and the founder of Raindance as well as
The British Independent Film Awards. He has produced films such as “The
Living and the Dead” as well as “Table 5”. He will be presenting dozens
of crucial filmmaking tips and will be explaining the basics of shooting
a film and launching your own career. The workshop will entail the
essentials you will need in order to create your own successful film.
Some of the topics that he will be touching upon include finding a
do-able script, finding cast and crew, shooting tips, getting your film
seen, the career ladder, distribution and exhibition along with money
and how to get paid. He reveals the tricks of the trade from his
experience all in just 99 minutes!

His workshop “99 Minute Film School” is taking place Sunday April 3rd
11:25- 13:05 at 7 Parnassiens Cinema (98 blv du Montparnasse, 75014


Elliot Grove est un réalisateur et fondateur du Raindance et du
British Independent Film Awards (Prix du Film Indépendant Britannique).
Il a produit des films comme “The Living and the Dead” et “Table 5”. Il
va présenter des dizaines de conseils cruciaux sur la réalisation des
films et expliquer les bases du tournage d’un film et du lancement d’une
carrière. Cet atelier va vous donner des informations essentielles pour
créer un film réussi. Les sujets qu’il va aborder sont, entre autres,
comment trouver un scénario faisable, comment manier la distribution et
l’équipe. Il donnera également des astuces de tournage et vous
expliquera comment faire connaitre votre film, gérer sa diffusion et son
exposition. De précieux conseils seront aussi donnés à propos de votre
carrière, de l’argent et sur la manière dont vous pouvez vous faire
payer. Il révèle toutes les ficelles du métier tirées de son expérience
juste en 99 minutes!

Son atelier "École du film en 99 Minutes" s’effectuera dimanche, le 3 Avril 11h25 – 13h05 à 7 Parnassiens Cinema (98 blv du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris).





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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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