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Festivals & events

20 April 2009 à 14:18

The 13th ColCoa Film Festival opens

The 2009 ColCoa Festival, an event that gives American decision-makers the chance to discover French films, opens this evening and runs until April 26.

The City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) event is organized by the FCFA (Franco-American Cultural Fund), a collaborative effort between France's Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music (SACEM), and the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, and the Writers Guild of America, West, with the support of Unifrance, the Film and TV Office of the French Embassy in the United States, and the Association des Auteurs-Realisateurs-Producteurs (ARP). The festival’s original focus was to serve as a movie industry event aimed at expatriates and Californian Francophiles. It has evolved over the years into a key annual event for West coast industry professionals. Recent years have seen the signing of numerous deals for the acquisition of distribution and remake rights for French films.

This year’s festival opener will be Je l'aimais (Someone I Loved), the third feature film by Zabou Breitman. This screen adaptation of a novel by Anna Gavalda will be released in France on May 6. Hopes are high that this premiere screening will meet with the same enthusiastic response as the two previous opening films, La Môme (La Vie en Rose) in 2007 and Bienvenue chez les Cht’is (Welcome to the Sticks) in 2008. This festival’s selection of thirty feature films includes, OSS 117, Rio ne répond plus (OSS 117, Lost in Rio), Louise Michel, and Welcome, as well as two of the big winners at the 2009 French Cesar Awards, Séraphine and Mesrine. All feature films will be preceded by a short film screening. The complete selection of short films will be presented in a special program, concluding with the presentation of the Best Short Film Award.

For many American movie professionals, the ColCoa Film Festival and the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event in New York are now seen as the two most important industry events representing French cinema in the United States.

Author : Grégory Fleuriet

Latest update : 24 April 2009 à 14:18 CEST

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CoLCoA - 2009

Type : Feature film and short film festival

Theme : French films

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