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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 International Film Finance Forum

On the 18th of May Cannes will host its third annual "Film Finance Forum."  But what exactly is "The Film Finance Forum" exactly? The Film Finance Forum was born when the financial market collapsed for the first time. The forum was then created, bringing together the world’s highest level of entertainment and financial authorities to discuss the impact of the film industry on the global economy. The emphasis of the forum is mainly on the...


Take a virtual seat for the 65th Cannes Film Festival a live stream event from the Majestic Hotel!  Join us from any remote location or even your very own living room - as we film live via online live streaming - for an exclusive Screen International insider's perspective and behind-the-scenes, full-access pass to interviews, roundtables and a wealth of rich media content in PDF presentations and documents of working examples of film finance from Cannes Eco 2012 while on location...

What will Nanni Moretti like?

  What will Nanni Moretti like? This is the question everybody is asking. It seems like everyone knows how grumpy and bad-tempered this great Italian movie-maker is, and we are sure that his last decision will be a surprise. Nanni Moretti, the president of the Jury at 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, always confirms the rumors about his taste and character. Actually, he has already declared that he didn’t share at all, the enormous enthusiasm around “...

ÉCU at Cannes Film Festival

The countdown has started, only five days to go until an event with one of the biggest media coverage in the world begins. The 2012 Cannes International Film Festival will commence May 16th, and conclude on May 27t. Our team from ÉCU will be there bringing our independent flavour, so be sure not to miss this prestigious annual event. The Cannes Film festival is an excellent opportunity for ÉCU to bring to light both our strong commitment towards quality cinema, our skilled filmmakers,...

ÉCU 2012 afterparty at Les Voûtes

Check out our awesome afterparty video from this year's festival at Les Voûtes, Saint-Paul in Paris. Regardez l'incroyable video de l'afterparty de cette année aux Voûtes, Saint-Paul, Paris, France.  ...

ÉCU on the Road 2011 Tour

For ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival three days in Paris is just not enough. Every year our festival travels around the world making sure our “Official Selection” directors and films are made known. This follows our commitment to cultivate the new and inspiring talent that we come across. Last year was quite a busy year for us. ÉCU traveled around the globe to 17 countries showing the very best of its independent films. This is made possible through the help...

"Photo of the Festival" by Dominique Hilliard

Congratulations to Dominique Hilliard, winner of ÉCU 2012 photo contest “Photo of the Festival”. Dominique will receive two VIP passes to ÉCU 2013 and membership in the ÉCU Club. There were some great photos and the ÉCU staff would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest."Photo of the Festival:" Winning submission of the "Photo of the Festival" for ECU 2012 by Dominique Hilliard ...

ÉCU's partner: Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning

XI Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning Founded by St.Petersburg Filmmaker’s Union in 2001, Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning is held annually in autumn at the Cinema House, St.Petersburg, Russia.   Aims and Goals: To maintain international contacts, to broaden creative and professional contacts, to promote experience and ideas exchange among film schools To reveal tendencies towards development of young cinema in different countries...


by Allison Leu Film today reflects today’s world, one that is constantly looking forward, making improvements and advancements. The big blockbusters in Hollywood typically fall under the category of big budget action franchises that utilize all the latest technology. Just look at the 3D craze of recent years.  I won’t say I wasn’t sitting in that theatre for M-I 4: Ghost Protocol or Captain America. Those CGI-laden, explosion-filled movies are perfect for the big screen. But ...


by Allison Leu Film today reflects today’s world, one that is constantly looking forward, making improvements and advancements. The big blockbusters in Hollywood typically fall under the category of big budget action franchises that utilize all the latest technology. Just look at the 3D craze of recent years.  I won’t say I wasn’t sitting in that theatre for M-I 4: Ghost Protocol or Captain America. Those CGI-laden, explosion-filled movies are perfect for the big screen...

Portrait of an independent filmmaker: Egil Pedersen

by Catherine Rierson   I met Egil Pedersen on the way to one of the festival’s after-parties. With his hands stuffed in his jacket’s pockets, the scarf tightly wound around his neck, and his overall quiet disposition, I was initially hesitant to approach the seemingly timid director. Nonetheless, in the bright, fluorescent light of the metro, and later in the dim blue-filtered light of the ÉCU after-party, we discussed his personal history with independent filmmaking in par...

ÉCU'S Partner - On Location: Memphis International Film & Music

Think Memphis and you think music: Graceland, Stax, Sun Studios. Check outÉCU’S new Partner- On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest! Quand on pense de Memphis et on pense de musique : Graceland, Stax, Sun Studios. Voit le nouveau associé d’ÉCU- On location : Memphis International Film & Music Fest!    ...

ÉCU'S new partner: The Clare Valley Film Festival

The Clare Valley Film Festival, deep in Australia’s Mid-North Region, is saturated with the rich landscape and oral history of its region. This young festival is already “building a reputation as one of the top educationally focused film festivals in regional Australia” ( and in that it stands as a landmark showcase for regional Australian talent and a lighthouse of inspiration for young film-making talent. The interactive, get-involved spirit of the festival is p...

Festival de Cannes announces its Official Selection 2012

What a great Official Selection Festival de Cannes has just announced! Check it out in the link below. We also remind you that ÉCU will open its submissions for 2013 during the days of the festival (16 - 27 May) in Cannes. Quelle superbe sélection officielle que vient d’annoncer le Festival de Cannes! Venez voir et regardez le lien ci-dessous. On vous rappelle aussi que Ecu ouvrira ses submissions pour 2013 pendqnt les jours du Fe...


 by Andrea Armellini Nobody told me that the night before the Festival I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep. I guess I will remember for a while those hours in the night while I was staring at the ceiling with my mind overwhelmed with a mix of concern and excitement. The months before the Festival I was working at ÉCU as an intern, trying to capture every detail, every lesson; committing everyday to a new challenge. After all my expectations, finally the weekend of the Festiv...

Saturday's Q&A Session at the ÉCU Festival

It's question and answer time now that the screening is finished! You've watched the film, we know you have questions. This is the time to do it! The skys the limit and the chance is now. Watch this fabulous session and have all your questions answered!  check it out the video!!!  ...

ÉCU Scott Opening Ceremony

 ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival 2012. The Festival began with the Opening Ceremony, during which the guests could get a taste of the films in competition for this year. The night included cocktails, chatting with filmmakers, producer, journalists and of course a fabolous after-party. Here is how our President Scott Hillier welcomed and thanked the guests on Friday at 7 Parnassiens. In 2012 ÉCU screened 101 films from 33 countries, including 9 world premieres.  http://www...

Interview with Egil Pederson

Egil Pederson, director of "Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More - Dropping Feathers", one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 speaks about his music video. His video is a black and white story following five separate people and how they deal with their handicaps. Let's hear what he has to say.... Egil Perdeson, réalisateur de "Rugged Wilderness & Mountain Man No More - Dropping Feathers", l'un des films de la Sélection Officielle d' ÉCU 2...

Interview with Elin Gronblom

 Elin Gronblom, a Finnish director, talks about her film, "Goldfish Love." The film tells a story of a budding friendship between a goldfish who longs to swim in the ocean and a musician. Check out her exciting interview! Ellin Gronblom, une réalisatrice Finlandaise, parle de son film, "Goldfish Love." Le film raconte l'histoire d'une amitié entre un poisson rouge qui aime nager dans l'océan et un musicien. Pour pouvez regarder leur surprenante interview!  check ...

Interview with Jess Zakira Wise

 Director, Jess Zakira of "Through the Door" tells the story of a nanny who discovers that the child of her household is being molested. The film discusses the silences that goes on during these intense situations and how those people should also be held accountable. Zakira hopes that her film creates an open dialogue and build awarness. Le réalisateur de "Through the Door", Jess Zakira nous raconte l'histoire d'une nounou qui découvre que l'enfant qu'elle guarde se...

Scott's Welcome Speech @ 7 Parnassiens

You watched a few films on Friday, but now Scott Hillier, ECU President and founder, takes a moment to welcome one and all! Here's what he had to say... Check it out the video! ...

Workshop by Pablo Tourrenc

Pablo Tourrenc hosted an incredible fact-filled workshop on the secrets of production this afternoon at Action Christine. His workshop was filled with techniques on what is needed to make a film the the wonderful craftsmanship that goes into production. Here's what he had to say...    Check it out the video:  ...

Interview with Gabriel Babsi - scriptwriter

 Gabriel Babsi is an Italian, Paris-based, scriptwriter in the running for the "Much More than a Script Competition." His script, "Ma douce melodie," tells a story of virtual love... check it out! Gabriel Babsi est un italien habitant à Paris, scénariste en course pour "Much More than a Script Competition". Son scénario, "Ma douce melodie", raconte l'histoire d'un amour virtuel... Jetez un oeil !

Feature on Artist William Let

William Let, our featured artist of the festival, has actually been with ÉCU from its beginning. Scott Hillier, our ÉCU President, saw his in art in an exhibition, invited him to the festival, and has been present every year since. Let is a man of many talents and has worked in a multitude of fields, but has always been attracted by the cinema. His work is incredibly detailed and seems to mix mediums, while telling an intriguing story. Let's art is being shown at our 7 Parnassiens location, ...

Mike Beck and Access Film Music: The Festival Soundtrack

by Robert Barry Mike Beck is a big bearded, shaggy-haired bear of a man. A full-time musician since 2001, as frontman to Chicago Mike’s InterGalactic Brother and Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beanshe spends four or five months of the year touring in Europe, playing some 250 gigs a year. Meanwhile, “between gigs, or while I’m travelling and when I’m not otherwise performing”, Mike runs Access Film Music, an organisation dedicated to bringing film people and music people together which ...


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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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