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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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Much More Than a Script Competition Finalists

ÉCU is proud to announce the scripts that have been shortlisted for our “Much More Than A Script Competition 2012”. We have selected screenplays from two categories: feature film and short film. Congratulations to: Feature Film Scripts: Das Mädchen im Kokon – Katja Blaser & Wolfgang Weigl Sole – Allee Pitaccio Touch – Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan Gibran – Grace Shalhoub Yazbek Time of the Snikers – Maksymilian Nowicki Short Film Scripts: Caba...

ÉCU Media 4D Conference

The Media 4D conference is coming up on 30th March and we are luckily enough to be partnered with Forum ATENA and Holken Consultants and Partners to bring you a one day social innovation conference! It will be the place to be for everyone from content providers, broadcasters and vendors to user representatives, public institutions and representatives from the European Commission. It will be the perfect opportunity for small sized companies to chat with big European players! The conference is F...


PRIZES! We have just received an exciting delivery at the ÉCU office, boxes packed with prizes from Zacuto USA for the filmmakers at the ÉCU European Independent Film Festival 2012!! Can't wait to give away these goodies to the winning filmmakers! // LES PRIX! Nous venons de recevoir une livraison passionnante au bureau d'ÉCU, boîtes emballées avec des prix pour les cinéastes d'ÉCU européenne festival du film indépendant!! On ne peut pas attendre pour donner ces cadeaux à des cinéa...

ÉCU 2012 Launch Party!

ÉCU's 2012 Launch Party at Le Scop Club was such a success we can't help but share the fun of the night! Here are a selection of photos that give a little insight into the party. And yes, it was just as fun as it looks! // La soirée de lancement ÉCU 2012 à Le Scop Club a été un grand succès que nous ne pouvons pas s'empêcher de partager le plaisir de la nuit! Voici une sélection de photos qui donnent un petit aperçu de la soirée. Et oui, c'était tout aussi amusant qu'il n'y paraît...

ÉCU's Media Partner: The New Current

ÉCU's media partner, The New Current is a website that offers a fresh stream of student media and is currently running a series of interviews with the student filmmakers who have been shortlisted in the student category of the ÉCU 2012 Film Festival! This interview features the director of 'Goldfish Love', Elin Gronblom, so check it out and stay tuned for more interviews! // Le partenaire média d'ÉCU, The New Current est un site qui propose de divertissement multimédia de nouve...

Meet Tiwayo: ÉCU's 2012 Launch Party Musical Entertainment

Meet TIWAYO! He is a fast-rising talent on the Paris music scene and he will be performing at our Launch Party TONIGHT! With a style mixing soul, rock, reggae and hip hop, he will be exciting entertainment for the Launch. As an independent artist he is the perfect fit to merge with ÉCU, an international forum that celebrates independent creative talent! // Rencontrez TIWAYO! Il est un jeune talent unique sur la scène musicale de Paris et il sera en spectacle à notre soirée de lancement CE SO...

ÉCU's Media Partner: Dazebao News

Dazebao News is a new media partner for ÉCU 2012! As an online independent newspaper, it oozes passion, purpose and enthusiasm. Parlate italiano? Then make sure you check them out over the weekend of ÉCU 2012 as they will have a special section with real-time updates on their website! // Dazebao News est un nouveau partenaire média de l’ÉCU 2012! Ce journal en ligne indépendant est synonyme de passion,...

ÉCU 2012 "My Favourite Film..." Norway Edition

Natacha is our intern from Norway and in this video she talks about her favourite Norwegian film, Reisning, part of the ÉCU 2012 official selection. Check out this video for a snapshot of the film and stay tuned for more trailers! Notre stagiaire Norvégienne parle du  film Norvégien 'Reisning' qui fait partie de la sélection officielle ÉCU 2012. Regardez cette vidéo pour un aperçu du film qu'elle a choisi et  être sûr de rester à l'écoute pour plus de remarques!

ÉCU's iPhone app is now live

ÉCU's iPhone app is now live. To get started, download the Festival Genius iPhone app here: and select ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival from the list. If you already have the Festival Genius app, tap "more" and then "change festival" to see the list of available fests. L'application ÉCU est maintenant disponible. Pour en profiter, téléchargez l'app Festival Genius pour iPhone ici: http://itu...

Independent Cinema in Italy

Check out this insight into independent cinema in Italy and its importance from the perspective of one of our Italian interns. Découvrez cette idée dans le cinéma indépendant d'Italie et son importance dans la perspective de l'un de nos stagiaires italiens. ...

ÉCU 2012 "My Favourite Film..." Polish Edition

Our Polish intern, Marta, talks about the Polish film 'The Game' which is part of the ÉCU 2012 official selection. Check out this video for a snapshot of the film and be sure to stay tuned for more trailers! Notre stagiaire Polonaise parle du film Polonais 'The Game', qui fait partie de la sélection officielle ÉCU 2012. Regardez cette vidéo pour un aperçu du film qu'elle a choisi et être sûr de rester à l'écoute pour plus de remarques!

ÉCU 2012 "My Favourite Film..." Chinese Edition

Our Chinese intern, Jennet, talks about the Chinese film 'Four and a Half Years Old', part of the ÉCU 2012 official selection. Check out this video for a snapshot of the film and be sure to stay tuned for more trailers! Notre stagiaire Chinoise parle du film Chinois 'Four and a Half Years Old', qui fait partie de la sélection officielle ÉCU 2012. Regardez cette vidéo pour un aperçu du film qu'elle a choisi et être sûr de rester à l'écoute pour plus de remarques!  ...

'Rima in Beirut' TRAILER

" Rima in Beirut" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. Rima is a shy and insecure girl, yet very curious and imaginative. At the age of 19, she moves to Beirut to lead an independent life away from her parents. Everything changes when she buys her first camera that will accompany her in her rounds in the city. One day, she discovers in her photos a young man who follows her everywhere. " Rima in Beirut" est un film de la séléction offic...


"Alone" is one of the movies in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2012. When a man wakes up to find his city deserted, he realizes that he has the opportunity to do everything he has always wanted to do. // "Alone" est un film de la séléction officielle 2012 à l'ÉCU. Quand un homme se réveille pour trouver sa ville déserte, il réalise qu'il a une chance de faire tout ce qu'il a toujours voulu.

"The Squirrel and the Penguin" TRAILER

"The Squirrel and The Penguin" is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. This short film is a narrated tale following squirrels and penguins and features a showcase of brilliant animation. // "The Squirrel and The Penguin" fait partie de la sélection officielle d'ÉCU 2012. Ce court métrage est un conte suivant des écureuils et des pingouins, il est mis en valeur par une brillante animation. ...


The Game is an official selection of ÉCU 2012. The animated film features a board game filled with suspense and consequence, taking place in a deserted field between two individuals. But this is no ordinary board game. Check it out! "The Game" fait partie de la sélection officielle d'ÉCU 2012. Le film d'animation dispose d'un jeu de plateau rempli de suspense et de conséquence, prenant place dans un champ désert entre deux individus. Mais ce n'est pas jeu de sociét...

ÉCU 2012 "My Favourite Film..." Italian Edition

We gathered together some of the Italian interns here at the ÉCU office and let them choose their favourite films from the upcoming 2012 ÉCU Film Festival. Check out this video for a snapshot of the films they chose and be sure to stay tuned for more trailers! //Tous les stagiaires italiens se sont rassemblés ici au bureau ÉCU et ont choisi leurs films préférés à partir de la sélection de l'ÉCU Festival du film 2012. Regardez cette vidéo pour un aperçu des films qu'ils ont choisi e...

ÉCU's Partner The CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre

Do you want to be in Paris for the ÉCU 2012? Check out the offers of our partner CTS Student and Youth Tourist Centre The CTS – Centro Turistico Studentesco e Giovanile (Student and Youth Tourist Centre) is a new ÉCU partner. Its goal is to spread the practice of the youth tourism converting it into a moment of growth, sharing and integration, leaving the stereotype of the mass tourism. For over 35 years it has established a direct dialogue with the young people deali...

The Official Selection of ÉCU 2012 in OUT

ÉCU – The European Independent Film Festival is delighted to announce the Official Selection. ÉCU 2012 will showcase 100 films from 33 countries on the 30th and 31st of March and 1st of April in Paris, France. European Dramatic Feature (5) Iron Doors 3D - Germany On the Inside -  Germany Labirent - Turkey Women and Children -  United Kingdom Everywhere and Nowhere -  United Kingdom European Dramatic Short (25)  Useful - Belgium ...

OK Go - Needing Getting Music Video

OK Go- Needing Getting Over five years after OK Go became a YouTube sensation with the video for ‘Here it Goes Again’ (more commonly known as the ‘treadmill video’), the LA-based four piece are back with their unique brand of freewheeling eccentricity – only this time on a much larger scale. ‘Needing Getting’ is like the older, more ambitious brother of ‘Here It Goes Again’. It hits you in the face with its half-car, half-robot contraption which softl...

Lana Del Ray - Born to Die Music Video

Perhaps it’s because of her stunning retro Hollywood face or her eerily spellbinding voice, but Lana Del Rey (aka Lizzie Grant) has arrived. Her first album, Born To Die, was recently released in late January and consists of 12 “Hollywood Sadcore” style tracks: tales of dark yet beautifully twisted love stories. The single of the album, Born to Die, recounts a relationship that is far from perfect yet eternally addictive, made even more dramatic by the haunting and emoti...

Le Ballon Rouge

Le Ballon Rouge, Albert Lamorisse, 1956 by Josie Ainscough Le Ballon Rouge is a short, beautifully made film shot in colour, which tells the story of a little boy who finds a bright red balloon tied to a lamppost. He unties it, and finds out that it has a mind of its own. The balloon follows him around, bobbling along behind him, on the bus to school, even getting him into trouble with his head teacher. A group of bullies, jealous of the boy and his friendly balloon, chase them thr...

ÉCU's Partner - The Teens International Shorts Festival

The Teen International Shorts Festival February 8th – 11th The Teen International Shorts Festival has been more of a project towards a common idea than a contest. As the team is preparing for its 8th edition that will take place in Istanbul in a couple of days (8th February – 11th February), we find out at their very explanatory internet site ( that the founders of the festival is the organization of Turkish Benefactors Association (TYSD) that was established in 192...

Scott's Interview to EuroXpress

“The difference in European independent cinema is that it doesn’t leave anyone indifferent” Interview: 29th of January, 2012 We interviewed Scott Hillier, a film and documentary director, producer, and President of ÉCU- The European Independent Film Festival . By Mariana Castaño (Paris) Scott Hillier is a “storyteller”. “Storyteller” is the word he uses himself, in a manner of English that he speaks at the speed of light. His eyes and hands move quickly an...


Les 7 Parnassiens ( is one of many cinemas in Montparnasse, yet it is one of the most authentic and distinctive cinemas of them all. It offers the advantage of completely original programming, offering rare films not to be found anywhere else in the area. Les 7 Parnassiens can proudly boast a tradition of offering unknown works and independent films from all over the world to the general public. The cinema on Boulevard du Montparnasse was the first in the area to sh...


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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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