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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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Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia

Recently ÉCU has started a partnership with the Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia, an annual event – organized by the Province of Foggia, with support from the Regione Puglia and European Union, through co-financing from the European regional development- that this year has decided to open its contest to Europe.
The festival shares the same goals of the European Independent Film Festival: to discover and to promote the best independent cinematography that defends the creativeness and the liberty of expression.
The Vice-president and spokesman for the Arts and Culture Billa Consiglio says: -“The partnership proposal from ÉCU, confirms to us that the new deal of the Festival del Cinema Indipendente di Foggia is right. It will be an occasion of world promotion, both for the Province of Foggia and for the filmmakers that will participate in our Festival. The Foggia’s Festival winners, in fact, will be invited by the ÉCU to enter the submission process of ÉCU 2012 free of charge, with the opportunity to be selected by an international jury made up of qualified and skilled people.”
The Festival Indipendente del Cinema di Foggia will be held in Foggia, Italy from 2 to 8 December 2011, among the films of the official selection: La strada verso casa directed by Samuele Rossi, Sulla strada di casa directed by Emiliano Corapi, Appartamento ad Atene directed by Ruggero Dipaola, Restoration directed by Joseph Madmony, The Quiet Game directed by Görel Crona and 27m2 directed by Fabien Lartigue and Gabriella Cserhati and winner of ÉCU's 2011 "Film of the Festival" award.

The Festival program is very rich and suitable for all the ages, there will be workshop, concerts, screenings, special events for children and a conference in collaboration with the Apulia Film “As to make a movie and to draw sources of financing”. Apulia Film Fund works as a grant for Movie Productions interested in shooting in Puglia. This region, from Gargano to Salento, it’s the richest, among Italian regions, in delightful locations. Modern and busy metropolis, medieval small villages, huge deserted square, sea caves, smoking chimneys, sunny farms, ancient olive trees and an 800 km shore with unique and crystal-clear water. Shooting in Puglia, it’s like having the world in one place. On 6 December at the Sala Farina, at 8 pm there will be the screening of the film 27m2 and then at the 10 pm ÈCU on the Road will stop in Foggia with a special screening: Scott Hillier our President will introduce five of our winners (Broken Clouds Winner Best Non European Independent Dramatic Short, Lavan Winner Best Cinematography, Never Winter Winner Best Actress, Paths of Hate Winner Best Animation, Stanley Pickle Winner Best Student Film).
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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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