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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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Meet Indie Filmmaker: WITHOUT



WITHOUT, a recent submission to ECU’s European Dramatic Short category, is directed by Natalia Andreadis. The three minute short focuses on the desparation of a woman caught in an unusual circumstance…

By Lindsay Mayer

Q: First off, I’d like to know: What film has inspired you more than any other?

So many films have had a big impact on me but I suppose I can narrow it down to two in particular. Firstly comes “Jurassic Park” because it is the film that made me want to direct. I was ten years old and it was the most exciting thing that I had ever seen. But equally important to me would be Spike Lee’s “Bamboozled”, which was the first film that made me realize how a film can stay with you and keep you debating long after you have left the cinema.

Q: Tell me about the title of the movie.

“Without” is definitely a funny title because even Annelie Widholm, who wrote the script, has trouble explaining why she chose it! You can definitely interpret it in different ways. To me, it simply reflects the loneliness of the main character…

Q: If you could characterize your short in one word, what would it be?


Q: What was your biggest challenge in making the short?

The biggest challenge was definitely the set design. Our production designer quit only three days before the shoot, calling the project “impossible”. As the film is self-funded, we couldn’t afford to build different sets and we only had the camera equipment for two days. Therefore, we had to borrow a friend’s beautiful bedroom and transform it into a dilapidated dump without leaving a single scratch. The story then requires that the same bedroom look like a normal, bright room. We therefore had 48 hours to make it look awful, and 12 hours to get it back to normal again.  It was definitely difficult. The design team, the producer John Brian Smith and I had to work until 4 am to have the set ready on time but we are now remodeling professionals!

Q: What do you hope to provoke in the audience?

As they watch the film, I really hope to make the audience anxious, while also provoking their curiosity. I like to think that the ending then brings a huge sense of relief and satisfaction. I prefer short films that have an ending rather than those that end as if they are just a sequence from a longer film. I also hope to provoke a bit of thought with “Without” as there are a couple of different interpretations you can have of the film.

Q: Tell me about your next project.

I have two more short films lined up. The first one, which we are shooting in March, will be twice as long as “Without”, a full seven minutes! It’s called “A Doll’s Life” and is about a young girl and her parents. It is very well written (by Michael Cornetto) because as you watch it, you can’t quite decide whose side you should be on.  The short I am making after that, “Paradise Now” is going to be about 12 minutes, so I guess I am slowly but surely working my way up to a feature!

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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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