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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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Intern Buzz – 10 questions for Amy Dymond

About you…

 

1. How would you describe yourself in three words?

Lost in Amyland

2. If someone wrote an article about your time at ÉCU, what
would the headline be (this may or may not be shamelessly stolen and
used as the title to this Intern Buzz by a lazy editor)

European Independent Film Festival rescues stray dingo off the streets of Paris

3. What is your favourite drink?

I wouldn’t say no to a cucumber and basil martini.

4. Cats or dogs?

Dogs – my family bought a puppy (obviously to fill the void of moi)
and she’s actually hilarious. She’s a Pug crossed with a Jack Russell
crossed with the Queen of England.

5. Given ÉCU is a film festival, here’s some film-themed questions…What is your favourite film?

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – I saw it at the movies five times.

6. If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Emma Stone!

7. What did you do during your time at ÉCU?

I was Scott’s assistant so I followed him around, carried some heavy
things and fell over a lot. But I also learnt how to take beautiful
photos, interview people, shoot videos and edit them together. It was
like going to film school but for free! So much work goes into putting
together an event like this and meeting all the incredible filmmakers,
judges and musicians at the festival, not to mention being able to see
Europe’s best independent films were some pretty serious perks.

8. What was the single best thing that happened to you?

We got invited to Tbilisi in Georgia to showcase the 2011 winning
films and not only was it my favorite moment at ÉCU, but it was the
highlight of my time overseas. We worked very hard, met some incredible
people in a country that only four years ago was at war with Russia.

…and the worst?

Not being deported back to Tbilisi! ;)

10. What would you say to someone considering interning for ÉCU?

You’d be a fool to say no. Never will you meet a bigger bunch of
weird carnival creatures! Everyone who works at ÉCU has an important job
and it was so inspiring to be amongst a group of people who for months
were living to make ÉCU an awesome experience. You’ll make friends from
every corner of the world who you will have for life and if that’s the
least of it, you’d be an idiot to let the opportunity pass you by.

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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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