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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 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
 
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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Best 5 cinemas in Paris

By Ed Millar

 

In the city where cinema was invented, it’s hardly surprising that there is a huge host of independent cinemas in Paris. For a truly unique cinematic experience, here are ÉCU’s top 5 best cinemas in Paris.

If you’re looking for a typically French cinema experience, look no further than the club-ciné at Le Lieu Dit. Situated in one of Paris’ most artistic neighbourhoods, this venue not only offers a first-rate club-ciné, but also regularly holds talks, debates and expositions. It describes itself as mixing cinema, art, music and literature, and even though the films which are being shown are always well chosen and interesting, the real fun is hanging out in the café afterwards and discussing them with the regulars. (6, rue Sorbier 75020. Métro: Ménilmontant)

At the other end of the spectrum, but just as captivating, is the famous La Pagode. One of the city’s hidden gems, rumour has it that it was built in 1895 as an eccentric gift from a businessman to his wife, but it is now a flourishing and very beautiful cinema showing the latest films by directors such as Almodovar and well known for its revivals and thematic festivals. Again, the film is only half the fun, and taking a green tea on the terrace is an intrinsic part of the experience. (57, rue de Babylone Paris, 75007. Métro: Saint-Francois-Xavier)

Continuing this international theme, next on the list is Le Nouveau Latina. This cinema almost exclusively shows films in Spanish, and is one of the liveliest cinemas in town. Upstairs, tango fans take to the floor from Wednesdays to Saturday, and the theatre’s cantina serves a wide range of South American specialities. To really understand the charm of this cinema, movie-meal-dance deals are available on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and will give you a cinema experience unlike anything else. (20 rue du Temple, 75004. Métro: Hôtel de Ville)

For something a little more off the beaten track, the place to head is, La Péniche – a floating cinema which hosts not only screenings but also film-making courses. The venue is a barge moored in the La Villette canal basin, which has become a popular haunt for the directors of tomorrow who come aboard to drink, discuss and debate. A original venue, group of people and selection of films make for a totally original evening. (Canal de l’Ourcq – Parc de la Villette 75019. Métro : Porte de la Villette)

Finally, for the more fanatic cinéphile, the place to go is Le Champo. Built in 1938, Le Champo is one of the Latin Quarter’s best cinemas and is a staple of the arthouse scene. It has become well known for its seasons devoted to directors such as Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick, but to truly understand the magic of this cinema, go to one of its midnight screenings, where insomniac fans can enjoy three films back-to-back and breakfast – all for €15. (51 rue des Écoles, 75005. Métro Odéon.)

 

http://www.ecufilmfestival.com/en/2011/09/top-5-cinemas-in-paris/ 

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

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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