A month before the glitz and glamour of the renowned Cannes Festival, a more low-key but also more rewarding celebration of film takes place in Paris: the European Independent Film Festival.
There are few more satisfying sensations than, when talking about established stars, being able to say: “I knew they were great when I saw them way back then”. The opportunity to spot future greats of the filmmaking industry arises over three days this April, when the sixth European Independent Film Festival takes place in Paris.
Film fanatics, hobby and aspiring filmmakers, production company reps and agents will take over two cinemas in the heart of Paris for aweekend – he cinema 7 Parnassiens, 98 Boulevard du Montparnasse (Paris XIV), and at the cinema Christine Action, 4 rue Christine ( Paris VI) – celebrating new, innovative and bold films made independently all over the world.
Although its name might suggest otherwise, the European Independent Film Festival also has international categories, where documentaries and shortfilms from countries such as Iran and Israel will be shown.
One of the most keenly awaited films showing at the EIFF is the documentary “Beatles Stories” by Seth Swirsky. The US singer/songwriter spent four years collecting anecdotes, personal testimonies and stories from Beatles fans – among them music legends in their own right, such as Brial Wilson from the Beach Boys, Smokey Robinson and actor Henry Winkler (“The Fonz” in US sitcom Happy Days).
Other than taking in the richness and diversity of independent world cinema, festivalgoers will have the opportunity to sit in on numerous workshops with filmmakers such as Jeff Gross, who has collaborated with Roman Polanski.
For information about programme schedules and tickets (weekend passes are available from as little as €25), see the festival website.
P&O Ferries can help cineasts on their way over to Paris. The ferry trip from Dover to Calais takes about 90 minutes, and from Calais to Paris it’s only a 3-hour drive via the A26 and the A1.