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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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Sigh…. It is the time of the la rentrée, or the return from vacation for most Parisians and we all know what that means… summer is almost finish. But that’s no reason to cry! With everyone back in town again, and the hustle and bustle about, there are plenty of  things to do and see!


Event: “Musical Fountains” at the Chateau de Versailles

Details: Enjoy the last month of sun and warmth surrounded by the gorgeous gardens of Versailles. During the month of September their will be a magnificent light and water fountain show all set to beautiful classical musical. It’s the perfect place to relax if you’re  just not quite ready to admit summer has ended.


When: Every weekend through October 28th.  For times and prices, please


Where:  Chateau de Versailles



Event: Festival de l’Automne

Details: The Festival de l’Automne, or Autumn Festival is a festival dedicated to all forms of contemporary visual arts. The popular event features over 40 different events, all original works, and attracts over 100,000 people every year.


When: September 3rd through December 15th. For program details and other information, please visit


Where: There are multiple venues through the duration of the festival. Please consult the festival’s website for details.


Event: Journees du Patrimoine

DetailsJournees du Patrimoine, or the European Heritage Days, are a good time to explore the city’s most important monuments, government buildings, city halls and others fascinating locations. For two whole days their doors will be open to the public. You won’t want to miss this behind-the-scenes look at some of the city’s most intriguing places. This year’s theme is “Hidden Heritage.”

When: September 15th and 16th

Where: Various locations throughout Paris. For more information, please


Event: C’etaient des enfants

Details: The Hôtel de Ville is presenting an exhibition titled C’Etaient des Enfants, or “They Were Children.” It is an attempt to tell the story over 10,000 children who were deported from France by the Nazis or died in one of the French internment camps during WWII. Fewer than 200 were ever to return. The exhibition shows the darker days of the city’s history and will feature never before seen documents to ensure that these children will never be forgotten.


When:  September through October 27th


Where: Hotel de Ville – 29 rue de Rivoli, Metro – Hotel de Ville or Chatelet


Event: Shakespeare’s Garden Theater Festival

Details: Take in some culture this month and enjoy some outdoor theater at the Jardin Shakespeare in the beautiful and lush

Boulogne Woods, another great location for fresh air and maybe even a romantic picnic. Every year, the theatre holds a slew of plays, dances, and amazing musical performances. Tickets can be bought at the theatre, but only by cash or check.


When: Throughout August. For more information, please


Where: Bois de Boulogne Park – 102 route de Suresnes, Bois de Boulogne.


Event: Fête de la gastronomie

Details: Hope you’re hungry because the annual Fête de la gastronomie, or Festival of Gastronomy is on its way. All you foodies out there will be happy to know that some of the city’s top restaurants have already signed up and more are doing so every day. How can you pass up a 2-for-1 deal in the city that has been known for its food for who knows how long!?


When: September 17th through 23rd


Where: Throughout France. For restaurant locations, please visit


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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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