22nd edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles

22nd edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles

Now in its 22nd year, the 2018 edition of COLCOA took place from April 23 to 30. It showcased around forty feature films and twenty shorts spread between the numerous festival sections, with the aim of offering the widest possible panorama of current French cinema.

This year, 37 live-action films and documentaries in all formats were competing for the COLCOA Cinema Awards. The festival opened on April 23 with a screening of Promise at Dawn by Eric Barbier, held in the presence of the director, and closed with The Prayer by Cédric Kahn, screened in the presence of its lead actor Anthony Bajon, who recently won the Best Actor Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The delegation of actors and directors present included the well-known talents Camélia Jordana, Vanessa Paradis, Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Melvil Poupaud, and Francis Veber, who were at COLCOA to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of The Dinner Game.

The festival has offered the following sections: the After 10 Series (April 24-28); COLCOA Classics (April 24-28); COLCOA Documentaries (April 24-29); World Cinema Produced by France, featuring two Franco-Italian co-productions (April 25); Focus on a Filmmaker, with Mélanie Laurent (April 26); Film Noir Series (April 28); and French NeWave 2.0, dedicated to first films made by women (April 28). The program also included the Happy Hour Talks—panel discussions held in collaboration with Variety—and the COLCOA High School Screenings, giving around 3,000 young Americans the chance to discover the French films in the lineup and to meet with the directors.

For the second year running, a VR Corner has been set up to give visitors the opportunity to explore the richness of French virtual reality productions (on April 28 and 29). And finally, the COLCOA Digital Series program featured a competition comprising four productions presented in North American premieres. This program is free (as is the Short Film section), with the audience invited to vote for the COLCOA Best Digital Series Award.

Awards list

  • Audience Award : Petit Paysan, d'Hubert Charuel 
  • Special Award : La Promesse de l'aube, d'Eric Barbier
  • Jury Award : Le Brio, d'Yvan Attal
  • Jury Special Award : Le Sens de la Fête, d'Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
  • Best First Film Award : Luna, d'Elsa Diringer
  • Best Documentary Award : Makala, d'Emmanuel Gras
  • American Students Award : Au revoir là-haut, d'Albert Dupontel
  • Coming Soon Award : Jusqu'à la Garde de Xavier Legrand

2018 COLCOA Programs


COLCOA Short Film Competition

COLCOA Classics

French NeWave 2.0

Film Noir Series

World Cinema Produced by France

After 10 Series

Focus on a Filmmaker: Mélanie Laurent

COLCOA Documentaries

Women Make History

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