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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




Submit to ECU 2012

Are you talented enough?
Are you creative enough?
Are you BRAVE enough?

A lot of people talk about making a film. Very few are brave enough
to do it. If you’re a storyteller, a visionary, an innovator or a
technical genius with the determination to realise your dream, then get out there and make your film.
Once it’s done send it to us, and we’ll take it from there. We are
continually searching for the world’s best indie films and perhaps
you’ve got it.

Since 2006 ÉCU has been Europe’s premier arena for independent
filmmakers to screen their films to international audiences, to network
with industry professionals and exchange ideas with other indie
filmmakers. All taking place in an environment that fosters creativity
and immense amounts of fun.

What better city to showcase your talent than Paris, the home of
cinema? There’s a reason filmmakers fall in love with this city,
inspiration lies around every corner. ÉCU would like to invite you to
submit your film to the 2012 edition of the festival, which will be held
in Paris, France from March the 30th to April the 1st, 2012.

We are looking for original independent works across twelve categories.

European Submissions:
- Dramatic Feature
- Dramatic Short
- Documentary
- Animation
- Experimental
- Music Video

Non-European Submissions:
- Dramatic Feature
- Dramatic Short
- Documentary

Worldwide (European and Non-European) Submissions:
- Student Film
- Feature Script Competition
- Short Script Competition

Early deadline: November 20, 2011
Late deadline: January 8, 2012
Withoutabox extended deadline: January 15th 2012
Independent filmmakers are invited to submit their films at

ÉCU 2012 will also host its sixth Much More Than A Script Competition!

The script competition’s focus is on independent screenplays not
aimed at mainstream Hollywood film markets. Writers are invited to
submit their short or feature-length scripts at

Late deadline for the Much More Than A Script Competition: March 11th 2012.

For information and rules and regulation on submitting a film please visit:

Tell your story better than anybody else. Submit – Compete – Meet – Enrich Yourself.
ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

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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