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The COLCOA French Film Festival (formerly "City of Lights, City of Angels") is an annual competitive film festival in Hollywood, created and presented by the FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURAL FUND. Its goals are to showcase the diversity of French cinema, to promote films and talent among the film industry and to contribute to cross cultural understanding. The COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL is open to professionals and the general public.

The 21th edition took place at the Directors Guild of America theater complex in Hollywood from April 24 to May 2, 2017. Dates for the next edition (April 2018) will be announced soon.

COLCOA was created in 1997 by The FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURAL FUND, a unique collaborative effort of the Directors Guild Of America, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Writers Guild Of America, West, France’s Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique(SACEM). The festival is also made possible with the support of L’ARP (France’s Association of Authors, Directors and Producers), the Film & TV Department of the French Embassy, TV France International and Unifrance.

Since 2004, the selection is exclusively composed of premieres in Hollywood. Several high-profile features are presented at COLCOA for the first time in North America or in the U.S. Some can be International or World premieres. COLCOA is also known for presenting films before their commercial release in the U.S., and for being used by American distributors to launch and promote their film in Hollywood.

The selection includes features, documentaries, animated films, short films and, since 2015, TV movies and TV series. In 2017, a selection of VR programs and a competition of Web Series were introduced. In 21 years, 758 films or TV series have been selected. COLCOA has constantly developed to become a showcase of 82 films in 2017, with a capacity of 26,300 and an occupancy rate of 91% (25,000 attendees). Its exclusive program has made of COLCOA an anticipated date in the industry calendar and one of the largest French film festivals in the world. Scheduled a few weeks after the Academy Awards® and before the Cannes Film Festival, COLCOA has become a prestigious event in Los Angeles.

The COLCOA audience is mainly composed of film industry professionals (74%), including Academy Awards® members: directors, writers, distributors, producers, agents, exhibitors, critics and journalists. COLCOA has developed partnerships with organizations like IFTA, The Cannes Film Market, Film Independent, Women in Film, The American Cinematheque, SAG, and since 2008, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

In 2008, an educational program was also launched to promote foreign films among young American audiences in association with ELMA (European Languages and Movies in America). More than 20,000 students and 150 high schools have participated in the program since 2008. In 2010, a master class program was introduced for colleges, film schools and universities.

Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Academy Award nominee actress Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Academy Award winning writer/director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) made their first public appearance in Hollywood at COLCOA.

Award winners[edit]

Since 2005, films selected compete for the annual COLCOA AWARDS. === 2017 Awards ===


Audience Award MR. AND MRS. ADELMAN (Monsieur et Madame Adelman) Directed by Nicolas Bedos Written by: Nicolas Bedos, Doria Tillier

Audience Special Prize A BAG OF MARBLES (Un sac de billes) Directed by: Christian Duguay Written by: Alexandra Geismar, Jonathan Allouche, Benoît Guichard, Christian Duguay, Laurent Zeitoun

Audience Special Mention (1) LIKE CRAZY (Folles de Joie) Directed by: Paolo Virzi Written by : Paolo Virzi, Francesca Archibugi

Audience Special Mention (2) A KID (Le Fils de Jean) Directed by: Philippe Lioret Written by : Philippe Lioret

LAFCA Critics Jury Award A WOMAN'S LIFE (Une vie) Directed by: Stéphane Brizé Written by : Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon

LAFCA Critics Special Prize ELEMENTARY (Primaire) Directed by: Hélène Angel Written by: Hélène Angel, Yann Coridian, Agnès de Sacy, Olivier Gorce

First Feature Award HEDI (Hedi, un vent de liberté) Directed by: Mohamed Ben Attia Written by: Mohamed Ben Attia

Coming Soon Award A WOMAN'S LIFE (Une vie) Directed by: Stéphane Brizé Written by : Stéphane Brizé, Florence Vignon

American Students Award POLINA (Polina, danser sa vie) Directed by: Angelin Preljocaj, Valérie Müller-Preljocaj Written by: Valérie Müller-Preljocaj

Documentary Award LITTLE GEMS (Les Pépites) Directed by: Xavier de Lauzanne Written by: Xavier de Lauzanne


TV Drama Jury Award MARION FOREVER 13 (Marion 13 ans pour toujours) Directed by: Boulem Guerdjou Written by: Lorraine Lévy

TV Series Jury Award BEAUTIFUL LOSER (Irresponsable) Directed by: Stephen Cafiero Created by: Frédéric Rosset

TV Drama Jury Special Prize BOX 27 Directed by: Arnaud Sélignac Written by: Mikael Ollivier, Viviane Moore

TV Series Jury Special Prize MIDNIGHT SUN (Jour polaire) Created and Directed by: Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind Written by: Måns Mårlind

TV Drama Audience Award PLESSIS' GIRLS (Elles... Les Filles du Plessis) Directed by: Bénédicte Delmas Written by: Bénédicte Delmas, Sylvie Granotier

TV Series Audience Award CALL MY AGENT (SEASON 2) (Dix pour cent) Directed by: Laurent Tirard Written by: Fanny Herrero, Benjamin Dupas, Sabrina B. Karine, Anaïs Carpita


Short Film Award CHASSE ROYALE Written and directed by: Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka

Short Film Special Prize WHAT TEARS UP APART (Ce qui nous sépare) Written and directed by: Wei Hu

Short Film Special Mention THANK YOU MISTER IMADA (Merci Monsieur Imada) Directed by: Sylvain Chaumet

Short Film Audience Award THANK YOU MISTER IMADA (Merci Monsieur Imada) Directed by: Sylvain Chaumet

Short Film Audience Special Prize THE FISHERMAN AND THE BUSINESS MAN (Le Pecheur et l'Homme d'affaires) Directed by: Simon Francois

Short Film Audience Special Mention CHASSE ROYALE Written and directed by: Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka


Web Series Award AMNESIA Directed by: Patrick De Ranter et Jérôme Fansten Written by: Jérôme Fansten

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More than 200 French writers, directors, composers and producers have presented their film(s) at COLCOA. Among them are:

Patrick Alessandrin * Eric Altmayer * Jean-Philippe Amar * Alexandre Amiel * Shirel Amitay * Jean-Pierre Améris * Thomas Anargyros * Yves Angelo * Cédric Anger * Sophie Ansel * Olivier Assayas * Alain Attal * Lisa Azuelos * Josiane Balasko * Maurice Barthelémy * Laurent Bécue-Renard * Nicolas Bedos * Frédéric Beigbeder * Véra Belmont * Lucas Belvaux * Bibo Bergeron * Alain Berliner * Richard Berry * Dominique Besnehard * Rémi Bezancon * Academy Award® winner Bertrand Blier * Pascal Bonitzer * Dany Boon * Laurent Bouhnik * Michel Boujenah * Ludovic Boukherma * Zoran Boukherma * Nicolas Boukhrief * Jean Bréhat * Zabou Breitman * Chantal Briet * Stéphane Brizé * Guillaume Canet * Laurent Cantet * Philippe Carcassonne * Christian Carion * Patrice Chéreau * Hélier Cisterne * Etienne Comar * Fabio Conversi * Alain Corneau * Clovis Cornillac * Academy Award® winner Costa-Gavras * Antoine de Caunes * Olivier Dahan * Yves Darondeau * Alix Delaporte * Maxime Delauney * Bénédicte Delmas * Academy Award® nominee Julie Delpy * Mathieu Demy * Claire Denis * Dante Desarthes * Academy Award® winner Alexandre Desplat * Arnaud Desplechin * Ziad Doueiri * Bruno Dumont * Albert Dupontel * Pascal Elbe * Cyril Dion * Léa Fehner * Marc Fiszman * Anne Fontaine * Nicole Garcia * Marielle Gautier * Hugo Gélin * Michael Gentile * Jean-Benoît Gillig * Thomas Gilou * Alain Goldman * Yann Gozlan * Robert Guédiguian * Boulem Guerdjou * Eric Guirado * Samuel Hadida * Philippe Haïm * Academy Award® winner Michel Hazanavicius * Jeanne Herry * Eva Husson * Mathieu Kassovitz * Cédric Klapisch * Diane Kurys * Christophe La Pinta * Philippe Lacheau * Eric Lavaine * Philippe Le Guay * Anne Le Ny * Pierre-Ange Le Pogam * Academy Award® winner Claude Lelouch * Bruno Levy * Lorraine Levy * Jean-Albert Lièvre * Philippe Lioret * Alfred Lot * Julien Madon * Maïwenn * Tony Marshall * Philippe Martin * Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar * Simon Michael * Claude Miller * Radu Mihaileanu * Emmanuel Mouret * Olivier Nakache * Elodie Namer * Eric Neveu * Jacques Nolot * Anna Novion * Gérard Pirès * Pitof * Gilles Penso * Alexandre Poncet * Miléna Poylo * Katell Quillévéré * Jean-Paul Rappeneau * Jean-Francois Richet * Brigitte Roüan * Régis Roinsard * Romain Rousseau * Gilles Sacuto * Yannick Saillet * Jean-Paul Salomé * Pierre Salvadori * Charlotte Sanson * Academy Award® winner Pierre Schoendoerffer * Coline Serreau * Morgan Simon * Florent Siri * Hugo P. Thomas * Gilles Taurand * Academy Award® nominee Bertrand Tavernier * Pascal Tessaud * Doria Tillier * Laurent Tirard * Danièle Thompson * Eric Tolédano * Anne-Dominique Toussaint * Sabrina Van Tassel * Francis Veber * Jean Veber * Grégoire Vigneron * Christian Vincent * Laurent Zeitoun * Roschdy Zem * Yann Zenou * Erick Zonca.

Many other celebrities have attended COLCOA including:

George Aguilar * Sveva Alviti * Carole Amiel * Jon Amiel * Nora Arnezeder * Rosanna Arquette* Academy Award® winner Roger Avary * Jamie Babitt * Nathalie Baye * Edouard Baer * Academy Award® nominee Bérenice Bejo * Victoire Bélézy * Academy Award® nominee Annette Bening * Academy Award® winner Halle Berry * Golden Globes winner Jacqueline Bisset * Rachid Bouchareb * Didier Bourdon * Anne Brochet * Aline Brosh McKenna * Patrick Bruel * Isabelle Candelier * Gilbert Cates * Academy Award® winner George Chakiris * Jeremiah Chechik * Gloria Colston * Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard * Clotilde Coureau * Wes Craven * Audrey Dana * Joe Dante * Alice David * Jean-Pierre Darroussin * Christophe Dechavannes * Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern * Lou de Laâge * Jeremy Doner * Quentin Dupieux * Romain Duris * Eric Elmosnino * Gad Elmaleh * Nadia Farès * Academy Award® nominee Robert Forster * John Frankenheimer * Ana Girardot * Judith Godrèche * Alex Goude * Academy Award® winner Taylor Hackford * Johnny Hallyday * Laeticia Hallyday * Zita Hanrot * Academy Award® winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck * Academy Award® winner Herbie Hancock * Arthur Hiller * Stephen Hopkins * Jimmy Jean-Louis * Jeremy Kagan * Lawrence Kasdan * Irvin Kerschner * Nastassja Kinski * Randal Kleiser * Diane Kruger * Alexandra Lamy * John Landis * Michèle Laroque * Academy Award® winner Michel Legrand * Academy Award® nominee Michael Mann * Jeanne Mas * Olivier Martinez * Kad Merad * Academy Award® nominee Nancy Meyer * Academy Award® nominee Award® winner Helen Mirren * Demi Moore * Ornella Muti * Pierre Niney * Academy Award® nominee Josh Olson * Vincent Perez * Jean-Claude Petit * M. Pokora * Alice Pol * Howard A. Rodman * Jéremie Renier * Academy Award® nominee Gena Rowlands * Helène Ségara * Robert Shaye * Academy Awards® winner Steven Soderbergh * Soko * Academy Award® nominee Sharon Stone * Academy Award® nominee Robin Swicord * Omar Sy * Academy Award® winner Quentin Tarantino * Betty Thomas * Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron *Academy Award® nominee Michael Tolkin * Serge Toubiana * Laura Truffaut * Jack Valenti * Sylvie Vartan * Carl Weathers * Matthew Weiner * Academy Awards® winner Harvey Weinstein * Lambert Wilson * Academy Award® winner Chuck Workman * Michael York * Jerry Zucker * Academy Award® winner Edward Zwick * Elsa Zylberstein...


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