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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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The 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been well on its way, already being five days since the excitement and buzz of the opening day have passed. This leaves the contest wide open for anyone to bring home the big prize, and at ÉCU, we know it’s going to be one hell of a competition! Stay tuned for the rest of the Festival, there are still many incredible films yet presented, filled with much cinematic talent from all over the world!

The official line-up of the main category, ‘In Competition,’ contain films like Im Nobel (Dans La Brume) by Sergei Loznitsa; JCosmopolis by David CronenbergMoonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson and many more. See the full line up here: Cannes 2012 Official Selection

Here is a little preview who we believe may very well have what it takes to win that Palme d’Or!

Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson, starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray and an ensemble cast, is surely a contender for this year’s Festival. Set in the 1960’s, two young lovers leave their small New England island town behind, instigating a search led by a willing Sheriff (Bruce Willis) and the girl’s eager parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand) to find them. This is Anderson’s first live-action feature since “The Darjeeling Limited” in 2007, and is said to be an impressive piece of work. Packed with spirit and energy, the engaging plot of a teenaged love story is most appealing to us all, not to mention accompanied by a large A-List cast, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman and Tilda Swinton to name a few.

David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis is being debuted this year and whispered to possibly take home the big prize. This potential prize winning film stars young up and coming actor Robert Pattinson. Although we are used to seeing him tear it up as a vampire in the Twilight film series – he obviously can show us another brilliant side in this upcoming and praised film. The story follows a billionaire asset’s manager (Pattinson) on an odyssey across Manhattan. We say crack open the champagne bottles, because the Palme d’Or may very well be up for grabs in this high-hitter.

On the Road, a film adaption of the Jack Kerouac novel of the same name is another very worthy contender chatted to take home the Palme d’Or. This is a film with yet another long list of amazing talent; just a few are no other than Robert Pattinson’s real-life honey, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams and Steve Buscemi. The story is based on Kerouac’s years travelling across the United States in the 1940’s with good pal Neal Cassidy, and a handful of others who would go on to be world famous figures, including William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. We’re not sure about you, but we could be sensing the winner of the competition in this riveting adventure/drama film adaption directed by Walter Salles and executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola.

Although we are on the edge of our seats to hear the winner of the Palme d’Or for the ‘In Competition’ category, there are also other sections of the Festival, which never ceasing to amaze us! For any of you uninformed film lovers out there, here is breakdown and description of each category of the Festival:

In Competition – The twenty films competing for the Palme d’Or, projected in the Théâtre Lumière

Un Certain Regard – ‘A certain glance’ or a particular outlook,’ including twenty films selected form all different cultures, original and different works, projected at the Salle de Debussy

Out of Competition – These are also projected in the Théâtre Lumière but are not competing for the main prize

Special Screenings – A selection committee choses unique and special environments for these films as it pertains to their particular identity

Cinéfondation – Consists of fifteen short and medium-length motion pictures from film schools all over the world, presented in Salle Buñuel

Short Films – Approximately ten short films are chosen in this category to compete for the Short Film Palme d’Or, projected in the Buñuel and Debussy theatres.

Take a glance at the remaining sections and films debuting in this year’s 2012 Cannes Film Festival – who do you think will win?

By Gabrielle Martin


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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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