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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

COLCOA French Films & TV Series Festival returns to West Hollywood from April 24th to May 2nd 2017


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By Karen Ostlund  

 COLCOA 2017 will feature 82 films, television series, and — for the first time — web series and VR!

Stroll down for Colcoa FREE screenings 

Colcoa.org is in U.S.the largest event dedicated to French films and television.

 COLCOA French Films and Series Festival returns to West Hollywood from April 24th to May 2nd 2017 at the Directors Guild of America.
April 4th 2017, Consul General of France, Christophe Lemoine, COLCOA’s Executive Producer and Programmer Francois Truffart and Variety’s Chief Fil Critic Peter Debruge announced the line-up for the 21th COLCOA French Films and Series Festival during a press conference at the Residence of France.
(Left) FRANCOIS TRUFFART, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL AND CLAUDE LELOUCH THE DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER OF EVERYONE’S LIFE (CHACUN SA VIE). 
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CLAUDE LELOUCH THE DIRECTOR AND CO-WRITER OF EVERYONE’S LIFE (CHACUN SA VIE), WITH SINGER AND ACTOR JOHNNY HALLYDAY at DGA in West Hollywood

On Monday April 24th, the Festival will begin opening night with the North American premiere of Oscar-winning Writer/Director Claude Lelouch’s "Everyone’s Life". Celebrating 50 years of cinema, this ensemble film offers a high profile cast of 50 French actors, including Johnny Hallyday and Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin.
The 9-day festival will feature new work by leading filmmakers such as Marco Bellocchio, Nicolas Boukhrief, Stéphane Brizé, Bruno Dumont, Lisa Azuelos, Philippe Lioret, Hugo Gélin, Philippe Lacheau, Dany Boon, and more!
COLCOA will close on Tuesday May 2nd with the North American premiere of Éric Lavaine’s new romantic comedy, "You Choose", starring Alexandra Lamy.
Other fun programs include the After 10 Series, COLCOA Classics, COLCOA.doc, World Cinema Produced by France, Focus on a Filmmaker (Stéphane Brizé), Film Noir Series, French NeWave 2.0, Happy Hour Talks, Jean-Claude Peti.
COLCOA’s sponsors and friends include: The Franco-American Cultural Fund, Directors Guild of America, Sacem, Writers Guild of America, West, Air Tahiti Nui, Dailymotion, TV5MONDE, Variety, AIRSTAR, Barnstormer, KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Barnes International Luxury Real Estate, European Languages & Movies in America, Gaumont, IndieWire, LA Weekly, Sunset Marquis, Titrafilm, and everyone else who helped make COLCOA the premiere French film festival in the U.S.

“Colcoa will reach a new level in 2017 with two new categories – a virtual reality program and web series competition – added to the Cinema, Television, and Shorts competitions,” said François Truffart, executive producer and artistic director. “These two new popular formats offer more opportunities to showcase the creativity of French producers and filmmakers as well as the diversity of French production.”

The lineup includes titles from established writer/directors, including Marco Bellocchio (“Sweet Dreams”), Nicolas Boukhrief (“The Confession”), Stephane Brizet (“A Woman’s Life”), Bruno Dumont (“Slack Bay”), Lisa Azuelos (“Dalida”), Philippe Lioret (“A Kid”), Edouard Baer (“Open at Night”), Marie-Camille Mansion-Chaar (“Heaven Will Wait”), Hugo Gelin (“Two is a Family”), Philippe Lachaud (“Alibi.com”), and Dany Boon (“R.A.I.D. Special Unit”).

The festival will also present the work of newcomers such as Nicolas Bedos (“Mr. & Mrs. Adelman”), Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir (“Step by Step”), Morgan Simon (“Taste the Ink”), Anne-Gaëlle Daval (“Ladies”),  Emmanuel Courcol (“Ceasefire”) and Ludovic and Zoran Boukherman (“Willy 1”).
Actors Patrick Bruel (“A Bag of Marbles”), Lambert Wilson (“The Odyssey”), Alexandra Lamy (“You Choose”), Dora Tillier (“Mr. & Mrs. Adelman”), and Sveva Alviti (“Dalida”) will also be in attendance at the festival.

The festival includes the Happy Hour Talks, a series of panels presented in association with Variety (April 25-29) that are free to the general public. The final panel will be dedicated to French film composer, Jean-Claude Petit, who will meet the audience on April 29.

This year’s TV lineup include the fantasy thriller “Transfer” (Season 1); thriller “The Frozen Dead” (Glacé) (Season 1); political thriller “Baron Noir” (Season 1); drama “Manon 20 Years” (mini series); comedy “Beautiful Loser” (Season 1); and thriller “Midnight Sun” (Season 1). The category will also include four recently awarded TV dramas: “Box 27,” “Plessis’ Girls,”  “Nadia”  and “Marion Forever 13.”

The festival is funded by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association, France’s Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music, and the Writers Guild of America West with the support of L’ARP (France’s Association of Authors, Directors, and Producers), the CNC, the Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, TV France International, and Unifrance.

FREE SCREENINGS

At  COLCOA, there are many opportunities to see French films and series for free. Here is a list of complimentary screenings offered in 2017. No reservation is needed for free screenings. No ticket is delivered. Admission is on a first come, first served basis

BLIND DATE WITH A FRENCH FILM (APRIL 25 - 6 PM)

Now a tradition and a unique experience to start the festival: A "Blind Date" with an exclusive new film at COLCOA. The film is not  announced before the screening starts...Will you be charmed? 
Recent Blind Dates:

2016 - FATIMA 
2015 - THE TOURNEMENT (Le Tournoi)
2014 – TRAPPED (Piégé)

COLCOA TELEVISION COMPETITION  (APRIL 25-MAY 1)

Most films and series in competition for the COLCOA TELEVISION Awards are shown for free on loop at the Festival in the Melville theater. Schedule is made to give you the opportunity to enjoy both  CINEMA and TELEVISION competitions at COLCOA!

COLCOA WED SERIES COMPETITION (NEW!)  (MAY 2)

For the first time, six exclusive digital series will compete for the COLCOA Audience Best Webseries award. Enjoy this unique program of fiction and documentaries, showing the vitality and diversity of French production for this popular format.

COLCOA VIRTUAL REALITY CORNER (NEW!)  (APRIL 29-30)

A brand new experience at COLCOA: Leave reality for a few minutes and explore new worlds but don't forget that you are using a Samsung Gear ! Five amazing new French productions to discover during the weekend. In the COLCOA lounge on Saturday from 11:00 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

COLCOA CLOSING DAY  (MAY 2)

Enjoy four reruns at COLCOA and a new Competition of WEBSERIES for free on Tuesday May 2. Reruns will be announced the day before on site in the DGA lobby, on colcoa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and on the COLCOA info line: (310) 289 5346.
  

COLCOA CLASSICS SERIES (APRIL 25-29)

Start your day at COLCOA with this exclusive series of digitally restored French Classics to be rediscovered on the big screen for free. 2016 Program is available here.

COLCOA SHORT FILMS COMPETITION (APRIL 30)

Frustrated when a feature film is shown without a short at COLCOA? We know the feeling...  Don't miss one of the most exciting parts of the COLCOA program with all shorts presented together on Sunday April 30, for the COLCOA Shorts Competition. Attend Program 1 at 11:00 am and Program 2 at 4:30 pm and vote for the COLCOA Audience Short Film Awards.

MORNING RERUNS (APRIL 26-MAY 1ST)

For six days, COLCOA starts with the rerun of a film shown earlier during the week. Morning Reruns are at 11:00 am (Wednesday to Friday), 9:00 am (Saturday and Sunday) and 12:00 pm (last Monday). 
The film shown is announced at 10:00 pm the evening before the screening, on site in the DGA lobby, on colcoa.org, on Facebook, Twitter and on the COLCOA info line: (310) 289 5346.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: MASTER CLASSES & HIGHSCHOOL SCREENINGS (APRIL 25-MAY 1ST)

Celebrating 10 years of support of a new generation of Foreign film viewers, in partnership with ELMA,  the educational program at COLCOA is a free program open to  students and teachers. Click here for details: Master classes / Highschool Screenings

EVERYDAY INVITATIONS

During the festival, limited invitations are available for some Premiere screenings. Screenings are announced on Facebook and Twitter one or two days beforehand. www.colcoa.org


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