COLCOA postponed to 2021 – A letter from the Festival Team
Dear COLCOA friends!
We know that your next annual festival in September was highly expected, one year after our last success.
However, the FACF board has cautiously and rightly decided that the 2020 edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival will be postponed and carried forward to autumn of 2021. Still programmed at the Directors Guild of America on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the festival will now take place from September 20-26th, 2021, year of our 25th anniversary celebration.
“This was a difficult decision to make” explains Jean-Noël Tronc, President of the FACF and General Director of the SACEM. “We explored all possible options. Each festival is distinct and COLCOA, a prestigious and widely publicized event, offers a unique platform to promote French films and series in Hollywood at the beginning of the awards season. Annually, the festival brings the highest-caliber French filmmakers and talent to Los Angeles for red carpet premieres, numerous panels and screenings, as well as the opportunity for high-profile collaborations between French and American professionals. In addition, more than 20,000 audience members – including journalists, students, industry professionals and the general public – attend the festival annually.”
As the coronavirus cases continue to rise in Southern California, our priority is the health and well-being of all our guests, attendees, and staff.
The alternative possibility of a digital edition was deemed not compatible with COLCOA. We consider, in line with our colleagues from the Cannes or Locarno Festivals, that screenings in the theatres are fundamentally and symbolically important for all official premieres of a film in Hollywood and that this form of public event will remain necessary and popular even after the crisis. However, we will continue to integrate online capabilities into our overall outreach efforts in our future editions. Additionally, COLCOA is present throughout the year on social media and we will continue to support commercial promotion of French films and TV series in the United States.
We are looking forward to greeting our partners, sponsors, audience and the Industry Professionals – most specifically the international buyers and distributors – in the Autumn of 2021, at the beginning of the Awards Season, to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the festival.
Francois Truffart – Executive Producer and Programmer
Anouchka van Riel – Deputy Director