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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!




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June Newsletter

Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry,
the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly

As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in
Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at
the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really
enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks
after the screening. Missed the screening? Don’t worry, ÉCU will be
offering an opportunity for you to catch up by attending our next
screening that will take place at the end of June! So stay tuned by
checking out our website!

June was also the beginning of our 2011 “ÉCU on the Road” tour.
Scott Hillier, ÉCU president, attended « The Inspire Film Festival » in
the UK where Stanley Pickle, winner of the ÉCU 2011 student category,
was screened. Scott took the time to speak with the young filmmakers, a
good way for ÉCU to discover new talent! ÉCU will also be visiting
Italy, Portugal, the United States, Russia, Jordan, Romania, and Georgia
this summer.

ÉCU also had a presentation at Sentieri Selvaggi Film School in
Rome, Italy, where Scott talked to students about filmmaking, gave some
useful tips to new and upcoming talent.

A quick reminder: submissions for the seventh edition of the ÉCU
Film Festival, which will take place from March 30th to April 1st 2012,
are now open! So don’t wait any longer to submit! We can’t wait to see
your films! Filmmakers can submit via Withoutabox (by clicking on the
handy tab on our website www.É

And don’t forget to become a member of the ÉCU members club! For more information or for the submissions, click here.

Until the next newsletter, you can stay up to date by visiting
our website and our social media channels. You will not get bored,
that’s ÉCU’s guarantee!

- Tiphaine Vidal, ÉCU intern

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott



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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