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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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ÉCU- THE EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2011 OFFICIAL SELECTION ANNOUNCED

78 films from 25 countries to be screened in Paris, 1-3 April.

PARIS, FRANCE (17 February, 2011) – ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival, Europe’s premiere event for independent filmmakers and their audiences, announces its Official Selection for the sixth edition of the festival.

ÉCU 2011, in partnership with G-Technology by Hitachi, will showcase 78 films from 25 countries ranging in genre from feature films, short films, documentaries, animation and student films to experimental works. ÉCU ’s Official Selection represents the very best independent filmmaking talent from around the World. Several films will be making their World Premieres at the festival and more than a dozen others will be having their European Premieres. Filmmakers will be competing for twenty awards, including the prestigious title of “Europe’s Best Independent Film 2011”.

Some highlights from ÉCU 2011’s official selection are: Making it’s World Premiere, the French feature film 27 m2 (Dir. Fabien Latrigue & Gabrielle Cserhati), takes a unique look at the lack of communication around housing problems in France. A Damn Killer, (Dir. Marcus Pajter ) is a German film telling the story of a man who dreams of becoming an assassin. Storia di Nessuno (Dir.by Manfreid Lucibello,) recounts the story of a lonely Italian hitman who one day stops looking over his shoulder. Making its European Premiere at a very timely moment, Cairo Exit (Dir. Hesham Issawi) reveals the dramas that many Egyptian youths face on a daily basis - and how tragedy faces those who try to break free. Also in competition is the visually stunning Georgian film, The April Chill (Dir. Tornike Bziave) which shows a human face behind one of the recent Russian incursions into Georgia. One of the most intriguing films of the festival is the documentary Salam Rugby, (Dir. Faramarz Beheshti) which spotlights women playing rugby in Iran.

“ÉCU 2011’s official selection slate exemplifies the passion of independent filmmaking,” says Scott Hillier, ÉCU 2011’s President and Academy Award honoured independent filmmaker. “These are films that are made by filmmakers who are driven by a desire so strong to tell their stories that they bare their souls on the screen. We will be projecting films that will touch the audiences and remain in their thoughts for a long time.”

In addition to the film screenings, festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting array of workshops hosted by industry professionals on scriptwriting, editing, acting and directing. Other highlights include “Meet-the-Directors” sessions, where audience members have the opportunity to pose questions to filmmakers and to dig deeper into their films. There is also a full programme of post-festival music events organised by festival partner Access Film-Music.

Personalities from cinema, television and the arts as well as filmmakers and film industry professionals will mix with a cinema-loving public craving the energy, free-spiritedness and innovation that embodies independent film.
Hillier adds, “I know how hard it is for independent filmmakers to get the recognition they deserve. Our mission is to discover and introduce to the public the most exciting and innovative talent in the film industry today.”

Since its inception six years ago, ÉCU has proved to be a discovery point for many of Europe’s talented independent filmmakers. As a result of ÉCU’s commitment to the discovery, promotion and projection of independent films, some people refer it as Europe’s version of Sundance.
The European Independent Film Festival 2011 will take place on the 1st , 2nd and 3rd of April at  Cinema 7 Parnassiens located in  Paris’ Montparnasse Quarter and the Cinema Christine located in the Saint Germain-des-Prés Quarter of Paris. For more information and a full list of the 2011 Official Selection, go to http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/ecu-2011/official-selection-2011/

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LE FESTIVAL EUROPÉEN DU FILM INDÉPENDANT 2011 (ÉCU) ANNONCE SA SÉLECTION OFFICIELLE

Du 1 au 3 avril, Paris accueillera 78 des meilleurs films indépendants de 25 pays.

Paris, le 17 février 2011 – Le Festival Européen du Film Indépendant (ÉCU), l’événement fleuron du cinéma indépendant européen, annonce la sélection officielle de sa sixième édition. Ce Festival se déroulera du 1er au 3 avril 2011 à Paris, au Cinéma 7 Parnassiens, au cœur du quartier de Montparnasse ainsi qu’au cinéma Christine, 4 rue Christine.

Depuis sa création, ÉCU est devenu un événement incontournable pour de nombreux cinéastes indépendants, puisque « dénicheur de talents ». Ayant pour objectif la découverte, la promotion et la projection de films indépendants, ÉCU est aujourd’hui considéré par les cinéastes indépendants comme l’équivalent Européen du Festival de Sundance.

En partenariat avec G-Technology d’Hitachi, sponsor principal qui apporte son soutien aux  cinéastes, ÉCU 2011 mettra en avant 78 films provenant de 25 pays. Cette sélection officielle présentera des longs et courts-métrages, des documentaires, films d’animation et des films expérimentaux. La sélection officielle offre un panel des meilleurs réalisateurs du cinéma indépendants du monde. Pour plusieurs films, ce sera l’occasion de leur avant-première mondiale au festival et pour plus d’une douzaine d'autres ce sera une avant-première européenne.
A travers 12 catégories, les cinéastes seront en compétition pour 20 prix, parmi lesquelles le prestigieux titre du « Meilleur Film Indépendant de L’Europe 2011 ».

Voici un petit avant-goût de la sélection officielle 2011 : en exclusivité mondiale, le long-métrage français 27 m2 (Réal. Fabien Latrigue & Gabrielle Cserhati), montre un regard unique sur le manque de communication lié aux problèmes de logement en France. A Damn Killer, (Réal. Marcus Pajter) est un film allemand qui raconte l'histoire d'un homme qui rêve de devenir un assassin. Storia di Nessuno (Réal. Manfreid Lucibello) présente les réflexions dun tueur à gages italien et solitaire qui s'arrête un jour pour regarder par-dessus son épaule. En exclusivité européenne à un moment très propice, Cairo Exit (Réal. Hesham Issawi) révèle les drames de nombreux jeunes Egyptiens dans leur quotidien et ceux qui tentent de se libérer sont marqués par la tragédie. The April Chill (Réal.Tornike Bziave), un film géorgien, très esthétique, qui montre un visage humain derrière l'une des récentes invasions russes en Géorgie. L’un des films les plus intrigants du festival sera le documentaire Salam Rugby, (Réal. Faramarz Beheshti) qui met en lumière les joueuses de rugby en Iran.

« Le programme de la sélection officielle d’ÉCU 2011 illustre parfaitement la passion qui est au coeur du cinéma indépendant », explique Scott Hillier, président d’ÉCU 2011 et cinéaste indépendant primé aux Oscars. «  En effet, ces films sont réalisés par des cinéastes si engagés qu’ils se mettent à nu dans leur production. Les films projetés toucheront le public et resteront gravés dans leurs mémoires pendant longtemps. »

Parallèlement aux projections, le public aura l’opportunité de participer à un vaste choix d’ateliers créatifs, animés par des professionnels du cinéma. Au programme : des sessions d’écriture de scénarios, de montage, d’interprétation et de mise en scène.  Des sessions « A la rencontre des réalisateurs » seront également organisées, offrant aux spectateurs l’occasion de poser leurs questions aux cinéastes et de discuter avec eux des problématiques abordées dans le film. En partenariat avec Access-Film Music, un programme d’événements musicaux se déroulera après les projections.

Des personnalités du monde du cinéma, de la télévision, des arts, ainsi que des cinéastes et des professionnels de l’industrie du cinéma, se mêleront aux passionnés de cinéma indépendant, où la  créativité et la liberté d’expression sont incarnées.

«  Je sais à quel point il est difficile, lorsque l’on est cinéaste indépendant, d’obtenir la reconnaissance que l’on mérite », ajoute Scott Hillier. « Notre objectif est de mettre en valeur les jeunes talents les plus prometteurs de l’industrie cinématographique contemporaine et de leur faire rencontrer leur public ».

Pour découvrir l’intégralité de la sélection officielle 2011, consultez le site
http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/fr/ecu-2011/official-selection-2011/.

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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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