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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 Inessa- ÉCU Intern From Russia

Hi, everyone! My name is Inessa and I came from Russia to Paris especially for the ÉCU Film Festival 2011, mostly because I was interested to learn more about the filmmaking process! It was my first experience at a film festival and I was happy to become part of the team. Before the event Kadi helped me to become part of the staff by giving me some interesting jobs such as drawing up databases about cinematography in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Poland.

After that I came to Paris in April…it was great! I got acquainted with so many interesting people and the most incredible thing was the atmosphere during the festival. There were other volunteers from all over the world and I had a chance to gain a great international experience and do some networking. It was also possible to speak to the directors and actors and discuss the films with them after the show. And what amazing after-parties we had, guys!!! Everyone was mingling in a relaxed atmosphere, dancing, chatting… In addition, I was so proud to walk in every morning before the festival with my staff badge hanging around my neck…=)

So, finally I just want to say THANK YOU all for these amazing days in Paris. Every time I call to my mind France it will be always associated with ÉCU and cinematography. What’s more, now I understand that I want to be involved in this amazing world of film making in the future, by getting any interesting job in the industry! Hope to see you next year.



“Je m’appelle Inessa, je suis venue de Russie à l’occasion du festival ÉCU 2011 afin d’en savoir plus sur la réalisation cinématographique. Ce fut une première expérience édifiante et j’ai été très heureuse de faire partie de l’équipe. En préparation de l’évènement, la charmante Kadi m’a aidée à intégrer l’équipe en me confiant des taches intéressantes (par exemple, la création de bases de données sur le cinéma en Russie, en Ukraine, en Georgie et en Pologne).

Je suis arrivée à Paris par la suite, au mois d’avril et c’était super! L’ambiance du festival était fantastique. J’ai pu rencontrer des bénévoles venus du monde entier, profiter d’une expérience internationale formidable unique et élargir mon réseau de contacts. C’était aussi une occasion unique de parler aux réalisateurs et aux acteurs après les projections. Et quelles soirées magnifiques a t’on vécues ensemble ! Tout le monde était là, à danser et discuter… Je n’aurais pu imaginer d’ambiance plus festive ! J’étais si fière d’arriver, chaque matin, en portant mon badge du membre d’équipe autour du cou !

C’est pourquoi je souhaiterais aujourd’hui adresser un grand MERCI à vous tous pour ces instants inoubliables à Paris. Pour moi, la France restera toujours liée a l’ÉCU et au cinéma. Grâce à vous, je sais désormais que je souhaite faire du cinéma mon métier.


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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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