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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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July Intern Buzz

Alessia and Alexander are two interns working at ÉCU from abroad.
Alessia is Italian, and Alexander is Colombian working in Bulgaria. We
are a truly international festival and you can see how this is
reflected in our hard working international interns! We asked them to
interview each other for out July Intern Buzz article, here are their
responses:

Alessia interviews Alexander

1. You are interested in developing independent projects in
photography, video, and web. If you had the opportunity to choose a job
closely connected  with cinema, what would you like to do?

Working with media is one of my interests. From a communications
standpoint, having the opportunity to work behind the scenes helps me
understand how things work. Like a director behind the camera, I am
able see everything from a different perspective. I am majoring in
Journalism and Mass Communication; I have a background in photography,
working for cultural institutions, and International Business studies.
I’d like to merge all these interests in my work as a communicator,
project manager, or business development specialist. My family has an
inclination for the arts: my oldest brother, Andres, is a Journalist
and aspiring writer. My almost twin sister, Esmeralda, is a seasoned
theater actress and a recent film graduate living and working between
Chile and Argentina. And my youngest brother, Elvis (yes, Elvis) is a
talented graphic designer and film student.  I’d like to work with them
someday.  I am interested in both fact and fiction, so working in
documentary or film is a possibility.

2. You are Colombian, you are studying in Bulgaria
and you are working for a French festival … You are a true citizen of
the world… Why have you chosen to work for ÉCU? What’s your job? How do
you think your background can be of use at the Festival?

I chose to work for ÉCU because it offers me the
possibility to further gain experience in the communication field. Its
communication internship has the right mix in terms of what’s demanded
from the job, the skills I can develop, and the flexibility I was
looking for.

At ÉCU my work is focused on the Spanish, Balkan, and
Latin American markets. Besides translation of all materials to my
native Spanish, I am responsible for developing ÉCU’s presence in these
areas of the world. In other words, I spread the word. I am
responsible for media partnerships or sponsorship deals with other
festivals and/or organizations working in the film industry.

My background helps me in different ways. Besides
collaborating with ÉCU’s marketing and business development efforts, I
am able to produce materials such as photo stories, articles, and video
interviews. I speak Spanish, and that’s a huge advantage when you want
to interact with people whose native language is Spanish. I believe a
sense of connection is very important when working in communications.
You can always do it in English, yes, but people in general are more
receptive in their native language, or if you share something in
common. My knowledge across the spectrum of communications combined
with my background in Business and my experience working with major
cultural organizations in New York City has been vital to understand
the industry, set marketing goals, and perform my job at ÉCU more
efficiently.

3. Is there something that you would change about the Festival? If yes what and why?

Festivals are always evolving, so is ÉCU. Now we are
working on making ÉCU more accessible to even more people and young
filmmakers around the world. We are changing that. Opening our doors to
all, it’s an important step forward for the festival. Paris is one of
the most cosmopolitan cities in the world and we would like to see ÉCU
as a catalyst for innovation by providing a platform to Spanish,
Italian, German, French, and Russian filmmakers alike- just to mention a
few.  As the festival grows, so will its audience and duration.

4. Would you be able to describe the festival in 4 words? Give us a “start up” to attract the audience and the volunteers!

ÉCU: A unique experience, yours!

Come, join our team. Experience ÉCU.

 

And Alexander interviews Alessia

1. What’s been your biggest challenge interning at
ÉCU so far? what have you learned from it? What do you expect to gain
from Interning in ÉCU?

Every day is a challenge! A great challenge was organizing
an ÉCU presentation in Italy, we didn’t have long to prepare, but
thanks to the collaboration of all the staff including Scott and Kadi,
we managed to do it and it was a success! From this challenge I have had
the confirmation that nothing is impossible when you are a good team!
But the greatest challenge…I’m working on, and I hope to win it, or
rather I want to win it. Every day I get  positive feedback and this
gives me the strength to try to widen our horizons. The world is big
and full of festivals and companies…therefore there is a lot of work to
do! Cinema is one of my passions and I have tried to go into different
aspects connected to it: I’m journalist and press officer, I have
studied acting and directing and I have worked as an actress for films,
theater and TV and I have managed international relationships and
special projects and events for an international theater festival. I
wanted be part of a new international team and I wanted to know the
dynamics of the creation, promotion, and diffusion of independent
cinema… and ÉCU allows me to do this! I really hope that my
collaboration with the festival can continue, I have so many ideas that
I would like to propose…and I adore Paris, its directors, its cinema
and some of its actress and actors!

2. Where are you working from? What’s your job? Describe a ‘normal’ working day for you.

I’m working from Italy, and I’m the Italian representative
and business development manager, I manage and develop the partnership
and sponsorship with Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal
and in all the countries where ÉCU doesn’t have active collaborations
at the moment. Furthermore, I manage the communication and Italian
translations. My working day is often complicated but very amusing and
stimulating, I try to be available 24/7…sometimes when I’m shopping
there I get a new message from one of our future partners. But that’s
why I like it so much!

3. What’s your opinion about the ÉCU Italian front? Is it good for Italian filmmakers? If so, why?

In Italy there are so many film festivals, some important
and some less, we have succeeded in establishing a lot of partnerships
with Italian festivals among which the RIFF, and others (some very
important) that we are working on. Italy has a hard time, even if its
cinema is of high quality, it doesn’t often succeed in exporting its
films, except in some cases. This year at the Cannes festival we had
Moretti and Sorrentino. Young people and especially “independent”
filmmakers often stay in the shade, because they don’t have an
international network to profit from. My purpose and that of ÉCU is to
help the Italian festivals and the young Italian directors to export
their work and to create an international network. Italy could be the
birthplace of the new François Ozon!

4. The good, the bad and the ugly of working from Italy. Some words of advice to future interns/volunteers?

The good thing about working from Italy is that I can meet
our partners, and I can explain all the details, as some festivals and
organizations prefer to be in direct contact with us. The ugly part is
that I cannot be in Paris and to talk directly with Scott, Kädi and
the rest of the team, I miss out on their brunches and parties and
above all the conversations in French! Interns should volunteer if you
like cinema, if you feel like a true citizen of the world and if you
want to widen your experiences. You will learn so much and will
increase your abilities and skills, in an international and multi
ethnic atmosphere … don’t miss this opportunity!

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
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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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