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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.
Indie tips for Bastille Day
The Champs-Elysees shakes with the pounding of hundreds of hooves as French soldiers march their horses past the Arc de Triomph. The strumming of guitars and pounding of drums flows through every street of Paris and the sky above the Eiffel Tower sparkles with red fireworks. Bastille Day commemorates the storming of Bastille prison and the paradigm shift in French society. Known as La Fête Nationale in France, the fourteenth of July is a symbol of the great revolution that forever changed government and the perception of Western democracy.
Many ÉCU members in Paris celebrate Bastille Day each year and while we enjoy the traditional parade and fireworks, we want to share a few indie favourites with you:
Free admission to the Louvre
Since the rest of the city is crawling with tourists and pilgrims, museums go relatively unnoticed on the biggest national holiday of the year. Stroll into the Louvre free of charge and take in the rich paintings and magnificent sculptures.
Cruise along the Seine
Escape the bustling cobblestone streets and crowded metro stations for the winding Seine River. You can book an evening cruise and watch the fireworks while docked along the banks.
Wine and dine at a French restaurant
French restaurants will host cultural events or special menus for visitors to indulge in French cuisine and experience nation’s heritage in one of the best ways -- through your stomach!
Check out the political scene
The president usually conducts an interview with media to discuss the nation’s current status, events, and future ambitions. Keep an eye out for a speech from recently elected President François Hollande. In 2007, former president Nicolas Sarkozy chose not to give one.
Inspect the military gear
After the parade, the tanks from the parade are parked on Rue de Lyon for hours. You can get up close and personal and the soldiers might even show off their gear.
Watch the fireworks from Pont Neuf
While Trocadéro is the favourite spot to watch the fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, Pont Neuf allows for a breathtaking, albeit distant, view of the Eiffel Tower at the other end of the Seine. You can stand on the bridge with Notre Dame at your back and the dazzling fireworks reflecting on the water.
Duck into the metro during the march
For those of you that have seen the parade year after year, try burrowing down into the Metro - Line 1 as the tanks roll along Rue Rivoli overhead. It’s an interesting acoustic experience.
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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