COLCOA French Film Festival Bows TV Competition

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PARIS– COLCOA, the L.A.-set French film festival, is kicking off a competition lineup dedicated to TV titles for its 19th edition.

Backed by the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) and promotion org TV France International, COLCOA Television will present a competition of French films made for television, from dramas to mini-series and documentaries.

Over the last few years, France has delivered a number of upscale TV series, notably “Braquo,” “Spiral” and “The Returned” (pictured above), that have clicked with international audiences.

Audiences will vote for the COLCOA Best TV Program Award, which will be announced on April 28.

“As has been the practice in the U.S., films made for television have become an important part of the French production and, as such, an increasing number is acquired for the U.S. market or developed and co-produced between both countries,” said François Truffart, COLCOA’s exec producer and artistic director. “Theatrical features will remain the predominant part of our program, yet the inclusion of special fare for TV is a logical addition for a competitive arena in Hollywood.”

Added Truffart, “This ‘mini French (film) revolution’ is also a festival Premiere throughout Los Angeles and arguably in the U.S.”

The TV competition lineup will be unveiled along with the feature films’ competition on March 31.

COLCOA will run April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America in L.A..

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