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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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New Festival Partnership: CinemadaMare Film Festival

ÉCU is proud to announce our latest festival partner CinemadaMare,
based out of Rome, Italy. Below are some facts and figures about the

The “CinemadaMare” film festival was started in 2003, but eight years of exciting work have earned it a number of distinctions.
1. “CinemadaMare” is the biggest gathering of young filmmakers coming
from all over the world. Last year the festival hosted 100 attendees
hailing from 47 countries.
2. 162 films have been entered into the competition, representing 47 international film industries.
3. All accommodations are provided to those who attend the festival.
Attendees also receive a stipend for their plane tickets, no matter
their country of origin.
4. “CinemadaMare” is home to the biggest outdoor film set.
5. “CinemadaMare is the only festival where films are produced during the event itself.
6. “CinemadaMare” is the longest festival in the world (3.800 kilometers in 70 days).
7. Over the course of our 9 years as a festival, we have had the
pleasure to host special guests from the national and international film
industries (such as Ken Loach, Wim Wenders, Giuseppe Tornatore,
Giuliano Montaldo, Amos Gitai, Vincenzo Cerami, K. Zanussi, Michele
Placido, Vincenzo Mollica) and have given over 100 hours worth of cinema
lectures and workshops.
8. “CinemadaMare” is the only itinerant festival that travels across the
regions of Southern Italy during a ‘tour’, which begins July 1st 2011
and ends on September 11th 2011.

CALENDAR “CinemadaMare” 2011 – 9th Edition

ROMA EUR (Lazio) July 1st to July 6th

VILLASIMIUS (Sardegna) July 8th to July 13th

LATINA (Lazio) July 15th to July 17th

ROMA SAN LORENZO (Lazio) July 18th to July 23th

BARI (Puglia) July 24th to July 28th

MATERA (Basilicata) July 29th to August 1st

CEFALU’ (Sicilia) August 4th to August 11th

NOVA SIRI (Basilicata) August 12nd to August 18th

CASTELLO DEL MATESE (Campania) August 19th to August 25th

VENEZIA (Veneto) August 28th to September 11th

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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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