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Great Film Festivals of Paris – Part 2

The second part of our visit to Paris to attend some of the most prestigious film festivals in the world starts with The European Independent Film Festival. Paris has a big reputation championing films from lesser known film makers and this festival is no different.

The European Independent Film Festival

Every April ECU or the European Independent Film Festival takes place in Paris and it is truly an international event. It was started in 2006 by Australian Scott Hillier and although it is named as a European festival it does represent global independent film. Its main aim is to highlight the best independent films that promote innovation, quality in content and in form, and most of all creativity. There are fourteen different film categories of which fifty percent are open to non-European submissions.

As well as the fourteen categories there are also twenty five awards, with the judges coming from around the world from all walks of cinema. The ECU rewards film makers that take risks and are bold in their storytelling.

Cinema Du Reel

Crossing over Paris to the Georges Pomidou Center it is time to have a look at our next Parisian film festival which is creatively called Cinema Du Reel. It is one of Paris’s oldest film festivals as it started Back in 1975 and was originally named L’Homme regards L’Homme. The old title Man looks at Man, is more descriptive what the festival is all about. Cinema Du Reel celebrates documentary films. It is an international festival of sociological and ethnographic work and is organized by Bibliotheque Publique D’Information.

Cesar du Cinema Awards

Our final film festival is more of an awards ceremony, and out of all of our selected events is the most prestigious and famous. The Cesar du Cinema awards are the French version of the iconic Oscars, and Paris is just the place to celebrate such an auspicious event. First awarded back in 1976, the Cesar award is considered to be the highest award in French cinema and is dearly coveted by not just the French film industry but around the world. It is the national film award of France.

It is a highly sought after prize and the nominations are sorted into twelve different categories and the whole event is backed by the French Ministry of Culture. Of course such an important event is screened live on television to the whole French nation.

The venue is the iconic Theatre du Chatelet in the beating heart of Paris, which all adds to the pomp and reverence of the occasion. The actual award was named after the famous sculptor, Cesar, who designed the trophy to act as an appropriate prize for such an important artistic event. He was commissioned to produce the award in homage to the brilliant French actor Raimu and to recognize the part he played in the great Marcel Pagnol Marseille trilogy, which of course was Cesar. The final curtain closes on our film exploration of some of the best film festivals of Paris. There is no city on earth that could host so many diverse and thoroughly entertaining events than the romantic French capital.