The COLCOA French Film Festival, considered the most important event dedicated to French Cinema in the world, will take place in Los Angeles at the Directors Guild of America (DGA). From September 23rd – 28th the festival will showcase French Cinema and TV programmes. COLCOA, founded in 1997 by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, is committed to promoting cultural exchange between France and the United States and to showcasing the vitality and diversity of French cinema and TV.

The newly renovated DGA theatre, equipped with state of the art Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technology, will provide “the most powerful and impactful screening experience possible”, stated COLCOA Executive Producer and Artistic Director Francois Truffart.

The festival kicks off with the United States Premiere of Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables”, a major debut of the Cannes Jury Prize winner this year. Over 25 films will premiere and compete for the COLCOA Cinema Awards. The film selections, streamlined to 59 titles (less than last year’s 84), will provide a greater focus on each film, stated Mr. Truffart. There will be three competitive sections (reduced from five), including Cinema, Television and Shorts.

Other exciting programmes will be offered throughout the festival: 10 series, COLCOA Classics, COLCOA Documentaries, world Cinema produced by France, French NeWave 2.0, and the Happy Hour Talks (free to the general public), a series of panels presented in association with Variety.

All programmes are presented with English subtitles or in English. For information and tickets (now available for advance purchase online), visit www.colcoa.org.

See you at the Festival!

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Barbara Gerber
A native of Los Angeles, Barbara is the France Today Ambassador for L.A. She graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in Political Science, and also received her JD degree from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, she spent her junior year in Grenoble, France. From that time on, she has been an avid and passionate Francophile. She has visited almost every region in France, and still pursues French language courses in Los Angeles. She has an apartment in Paris and continues to visit France every year.

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