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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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How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

By Jen Wallace

the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in
France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has
researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite
movies in Paris.

With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and
cinema, here are 5 ways to watch movies around the city. (Note: Always
carry ID and proof of address with you, as most libraries will ask to
you to prove you are a Parisian citizen.)

1) The Bilbiothèque François Truffaut- Located in
the Halles at Chatelet, and next to the Forum Des Images (A great place
for screenings, exhibitions and public debates) you can watch a
wonderful selection of films for free in their library. Even if you are
only in Paris for a week you can gain access to their archives. Our
favourite way to watch independent French cinema!

2) Any public library – The best way to watch movies
at home! Here’s how it works – you pay a one off fee of €60 a year and
you can rent ANY film from ANY public library in Paris (including the
Bibliothèque François Truffaut above). The choice is endless.

3) The Cinemathèque Française-
Similar to the Truffaut library, as well as holding fantastic
exhibitions, screening rare classics and having a great bookstore, the
Cinemathèque also has a great library where you can watch films for €3.5
for a day’s access. However, if you are a student under 26 you can pay
€9 for a trimestrial subscription and unlimited access.

4) The Bilbiothèque Nationale Française- Although a
bit more complicated than the other two libraries, and with bizarre
openings hours for Paris’ biggest library, the BNF also has a huge
selection of films to watch. You have to register and get membership
(which perhaps you have already if you are a student) and then pay €8.5
for a three day pass.

final stage is asking specific permission to consult the film archives!
But if you are working on a project for school or university, it seems
like a worthwhile investment. And why not browse their entire collection
of Cahiers de Cinéma magazine whilst you are there?

5) Online rental: – Similar to Lovefilm
and Netflix, this website delivers DVDs to your door or lets you stream
them online. They have a free trial period so you can test it out and
prices start at €5.95 a month for 2 dvds and up to €300 a year for
unlimited rentals.

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott



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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