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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. 

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ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November

ÉCU's top 5 things to do in Paris in November

Although the beginning of November is another milestone on the way to the deep midwinter, don’t despair! ÉCU has come up with a calendar of great things to do in and around Paris in the world of cinema.

Even though the arrival of autumn spells the end of our Indian summer, thanks to the Festival d’Automne there will be lots to keep everyone’s mind off the gloom outside. Since 1972, the festival has offered challenging contemporary cultural events throughout the autumn, including some special events for cinema. The standout cinematic event starts at the end of the month at the Centre Pompidou is the Béla Tarr retrospective, which will include his famous trilogy, which is a master-class in long takes and black and white cinematography and an unmistakable joy in the creative process.



Always offering a great variety of events, this month the Cinémathèque hosts a homage to the 1927 cult film Metropolis. The exhibition is drawing in a wide and varied audience thanks to its innovative approach of exploring the film through its sequences. Each section of the film is explored individually through projections, original artwork, costumes, props and more. Alongside this exhibition, for the more dedicated fans there is also a series of talks about the film and its place in cinematic history.

As well as celebrating past hit films; this month could mark the birth of a new cult classic, “The Artist”. The film is set in Hollywood, 1927 and recounts the story of silent movie star George Valentin, who is wondering if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, when he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. The film seems destined for success, having already earned the “Best Actor” award for Jean Dujardin and a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, (Not to mention the dog actor in the film, Uggy, who won the Palm Dog Award for best performance by a canine at the festival!) so catch it in cinemas whilst you can.



Another event set to reignite nostalgia for cinema of the bygone era is Retour de Flamme, which will be back in Paris from 26-27th November with its usual wide range of genres and time periods. The event comprises of 4 screenings across the weekend, each lasting 2 hours and including lots of different clips and styles, creating a magical and unique cinematic experience. As usual, the legendary Serge Bromberg, director, producer and founder of “Lobster Films” will enthusiastically present screenings and accompany the silent films on the piano, but there will also be a secret special guest – you’ll have to go if you want to find out who!

Equally unmissable is the 15th edition of "Cinéma du Québec à Paris”, which will showcase the latest Quebecois cinema from 15-19 November at Forum des Images. The series boasts an impressive line-up, projecting films that typify the diverse and eclectic nature of Quebec cinema. The programme includes the exceptional Le vendeur by Sébastien Pilote, which has already garnered support at the Berlin and Sundance film festivals.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations of things to do in Paris in November - Until next month!


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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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