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The COLCOA French Film Festival (formerly "City of Light, 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 23rd edition is scheduled at the Directors Guild of America theater complex in Hollywood from September 23rd to September 28th, 2019.


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, and 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, including 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 launched to promote foreign films among young American audiences in association with European Languages and Movies in America (ELMA). 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.

The focus of the 2018 edition of the festival was on woman. This included an entire day dedicated to the work of first time female filmmakers.[1]

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Academy Award nominee actress Bérénice 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.

2018 Awards[edit]

COLCOA cinema[2]

Audience Award

Bloody Milk (Petit paysan) Written and directed by: Hubert Charuel Cast: Swann Arlaud, Sara Giraudeau, Bouli Lanners, Isabelle Candelier

Audience Special Prize

PROMISE AT DAWN (La Promesse de l'aube) Directed by: Eric Barbier Written by: Eric Barbier, Marie Eynard, based on Romain Gary's autobiography

LAFCA Critics Jury Award

Le Brio Directed by: Yvan Attal Written by: Yaël Langmann, Victor Saint-Macary, Yvan Attal, Noé Debré, Bryan Marciano

LAFCA Critics Special Prize

C'est la vie! (Le Sens de la fête) Written and directed by: Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

First Feature Award

LUNA Directed by: Elsa Diringer Written by: Elsa Diringer, Claude Mouriéras

Coming Soon Award (Film presented with a U.S. distributor)

Custody (Jusqu'à la garde) Drama Written and directed by: Xavier Legrand

American Students Award

See You Up There (Au revoir là-haut) Directed by: Albert Dupontel Written by: Albert Dupontel, Pierre Lemaitre

Documentary Award

MAKALA Los Angeles Premiere Written and directed by: Emmanuel Gras

COLCOA television[2]

TV Drama Jury Award

THE AGE OF STATELESS (Le Temps des égarés) Directed by: Virginie Sauveur Written by: Gaëlle Belland

TV Series Jury Award

PROUD (Fiertés) Directed by: Philippe Faucon Written by: José Caltagirone, Niels Rahou

TV Drama Audience Award

INFIDELITY (Un Adultère) Directed by: Philippe Harel Written by: Eric Assous, Stéphanie Vasseur

TV Series Audience Award

PROUD (Fiertés) Directed by: Philippe Faucon Written by: José Caltagirone, Niels Rahou

COLCOA shorts[2]

Short Film Award

GRAMS (Petites filles) Written and directed by: Camille Japy

Short Film Special Prize

THE WINKLES (Les Bigorneaux) Written and directed by: Alice Vial

Short Film Audience Award

THE WINKLES (Les Bigorneaux) Written and directed by: Alice Vial

Animated Short Film Award

HYBRIDS Written and directed by: Romain Thirion, Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Florian Brauch

COLCOA digital series[2]

Digital Series Award

BIARRITZ SURF GANG Written and directed by: Nathan Curren, Pierre Denoyel

2017 Awards[edit]

COLCOA cinema

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

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

COLCOA television

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 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

COLCOA shorts

Short Film Award Chasse Royale Written and directed by: Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka

Short Film Special Prize What Tears Us Apart (Ce qui nous sépare) Written and directed by: Wei Hu

Short Film Audience Award Thank You Mister Imada (Merci Monsieur Imada) Directed by: Sylvain Chaumet

COLCOA web series

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


  1. ^ Carras, Christi (3 April 2018). "Colcoa French Film Festival opens with Eric Barbier's 'Promise at Dawn'". Variety. Los Angeles. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "COLCOA 2018 AWARDS WINNERS". Colcoa. Colcoa French Film Festival. Retrieved 2 May 2018.

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