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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




New case study: using G-Technology to create the first ever German online crime series "Paradise Island"


We’ve recently added an interesting new case study to our website about Alexander Hölzl – creator of the popular online crime series Paradise Island (which receives more than 1,400,000 views per episode!), head of the Austria based web TV agency, Visual Kings Multimedia Solutions and co-founder of the talent-scout foundation 4motion.

To meet the demands of HD editing in a multi-raid environment, Alexander cuts his footage with a high-performance G-Technology G-SPEED Q, connected via firewire 800 to multiple Apple PowerMac G5 Quads and Final Cut Studio. Click here to find out more about how he manages his digital workflow.


Nouvelle étude de cas : utiliser G-Technology pour créer la toute
première série policière allemande sur le web: « Paradise Island »

Nous avons récemment ajouté sur notre site une étude de cas très intéressante sur Alexander Hölzl, le créateur de Paradise Island, série policière allemande en ligne (dont chaque épisode a été vu plus de 1 400 000 de fois !). En plus d’être à la tête de Visual Kings Multimedia Solutions, une agence télévisuelle basée en Autriche, il est le co-fondateur de la fondation 4motion, spécialisée dans la recherche de talent.

Afin de satisfaire les exigences du montage haute-définition dans un environnement multi-raid, Alexander utilise le logiciel Final Cut Studio et G-SPEED Q de G-Technology, un disque-dur haute performance connecté via firewire 800 à plusieurs Apple PowerMac G5 Quads. Cliquez-ici pour en savoir plus sur sa méthode de gestion du flux de données numériques.

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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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