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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 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
 
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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SPOTLIGHT: ISABELLA FERRARI – AN ACTRESS PER CHANCE, AN ARTIST BY VOCATION

This week ÉCU is spotlighting Isabella Ferrari, an Italian actress and Jury member of the International Jury Prize “Luigi De Laurentiis” at the 69 edition of the Venice Film Festival, the oldest film festivals in the world. Isabella is also one of the most beloved actresses of “auteur Italian independent cinema”, highly esteemed by film buffs.

Isabella Ferrari was born in Ponte dell’Oglio, near to Piacenza, on March 31st, 1964. Over the years she has worked in Italy and abroad, with many Italian independent directors, such as Dino Risi and Jacques Doillon, Gillo Pontecorvo and Marco Tullio Giordana. In 1990, she was nominated for the “Silver Ribbon” for her portrayal in “Willy Gentlemen, I Come From Afar” by Francesco Nuti.

She has been on Italian film screens from an early age. Her cinematographic life is characterized by two different professional outcomes: an early girl disoriented and a bit ‘naive, a prototype of many teenagers who loved her unforgettable character of Selvaggia in the cult film “Taste of the Sea” (“Sapore di Mare”) in 1981 and then the dark lady, fascinating interpreter of roles mature and tormented, bearer of ideologies and moods that represented the kind of independent films made by Italian directors that stand out for their total independence.

Isabella Ferrari wants to demonstrate that the criticism “all Italian cinema is to throw away” is not real and her participation in the Jury of 69 edition of the Venice Film Festival proves her commitment. “The cinema always gives you the option of lying and the difficult thing is to be true in all fiction.”

She is an actress of great experience, chameleonic and versatile. Isabella Ferrari is representing Italian independent cinema, bringing forward her ideas both through her performances and in real life. She has the popular culture of instinctive women who was born more than once and she has always chosen different characters that represent different women with the ability to be autonomous and to show how criticism of the Italian cinema is not justified, but is just a mere instrument to avoid the possibility to finance it properly.

 

 

“I am going to say yes to a director only when I am useful for him and for his film. In recent years, I have succeed in that. That is the reason why I feel free. I have a deep desire to be in films, and while I am reading a film script, I hold the character very close to me, with so much effort, as if he was a ghost”

 

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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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