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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 next and 8th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will be held in Paris, France in the early spring of 2013.
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com.
ÉCU's Partner IN THE PALACE Film Festival: A Short Film Festival with Royal Status
IN THE PALACE Film Festival is the first and only festival of its kind in Bulgaria. Located in the quaint and romantic town of Balchik, the festival was first established in 2003. The title of the festival originated from its venue, an architechural park, called "The Palace." "The Palace" was summer residence of the British princess and Romanian Queen, Marie of Edinburgh and constructed especially for her upon request.
Initially beginning as a forum predominantly for student films, IN THE PALACE has grown into a very competitive and prestigious event. The festival is solely dedicated to short films that are 45 minutes or less in length and last year received over 4,000 submissions. IN THE PALACE aims to showcase contemporary films not just from Bulgaria, but throughout the world, in the hopes of building a creative platform that can benefit the efforts and talents of young filmmakers and already established filmmaking professionals.
Last year's official selection consisted of 114 films of which 39 countries were represented. During the duration of the festival, festival-goers can participate in informative workshops on various subjects, as well as attend entertaining musical performances from Bulgarian musicians and bands and other international artists.
The IN THE PALACE Film Festival begins June 29th and runs until July 7th, 2012. But don't miss our special screening, "The Best of ÉCU 2012," held on July 1st. "Berlinoises" by director Rocco Labbé, which won "Best European Independent Film 2012," "A Lost and Found Box of Human Sensation" directed by Martin Wallner and Stefan Leuctenberg, which won "Best Independent Animation," "The Return" directed by Blerta Zeqiri, which won "Best Director," and "Zoltan: The Hungarian Gangster of Love" directed by Justin Reardon, which won a special jury mention will all be screened at the event. For more information, click here.
About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival
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.
Hillier 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.
Hillier 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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