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COLCOA Unveils Short Films Competition

PARIS– COLCOA, the Los Angeles film festival dedicated to French cinema, has unveiled its lineup of 20 Gallic shorts set to compete at the upcoming 19th edition.

Taking place from April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America, COLCOA will showcase a short before each film presentation, while the entire shorts competition will be hosted on April 27.

The roster includes Ben Adler’s “Coach,” produced by recently launched Fluxus Films; “Smart Monkey,” directed by Nicolas Pawlowski and Winshluss and produced by Je Suis Bien Content, the shingle behind “Persepolis”; “Struck” (“Foudroyés”), directed by Bibo Bergeron, whose credits include “Shark Tale” and “A Monster in Paris”; and Alexis Michalik’s “Grounded” (“Au Sol”), produced by up-and-coming French companies Mon Voisin Productions and Fulldawa Films. Nolita Cinema will present two shorts inspired by Boris Vian’s novels, “Notre Faust,” directed by Elsa Blayau and Chloé Larouchi, and “The Hitchhiker” (“L’Autostoppeur”), directed by Julien Paolini.

“This selection of new shorts underscores the dynamism of the French film industry and is aimed at turning the spotlight on emerging talent,” said Francois Truffart, COLCOA’s artistic director, who will announce the feature films’ competition slate on March 31.

In 2014, the COLCOA Short Film Award went to Jean-Bernard Marlin’s “The Run Away.” Meanwhile, another short film that competed at last year’s edition, Wei Hu’s “The Butter Lamp,” went on to earn an Oscar nomination.

As part of its partnership with TV5 Monde, some of the titles presented at COLCOA will be available to subscribers of TV5 Monde Cinema On Demand in the U.S.

Here is the full lineup of shorts in competition at COLCOA:

– “Chaud Lapin,” directed by Alexis Magaud, Soline Béjuy, Maël Berreur, Géraldine Gaston, Flora Andrivon; produced by MOPA.

– “Coach,” directed by Ben Adler; produced by Fluxus Films.

– “Close Your Eyes” (L’Enfer me ment), directed by Gerard Portenart; produced by Bethsabée Mucho.

– “Ferdinand Knapp,” directed by Andrea Baldini; produced by Lieurac Productions.

– “French It Up,” directed by Alice Vial and sabrina B. Karine, produced by Les Films du Cygne.

– “Grounded” (Au Sol), directed by Alexis MichalikMon Voisin Productions, produced by Fulldawa Films.

– “Home Sweet Home,” directed by Pierre Clenet, Alejandro Diaz-Cardoso, Romain Mazevet, Stéphane Paccolat; produced by MOPA.

– “I Shouldn’t Have Worn my Clarks” (“J’aurais pas dû mettre mes Clarks”), directed by Marie Caldera; produced by Back in Town.

– “July 14th” (“14 Juillet”), directed by Michaël Barocas; produced by Réacteurprod.

– “My Sense of Modesty” (“Où je mets ma pudeur?”), directed by Sébastien Bailly; produced by La Mer à Boire Productions.

– “Notre Faust,” directed by Elsa Blayau and Chloé Larouchi; produced by Nolita Cinema.

– “Smart Monkey,” directed by Nicolas Pawlowski and Winshluss; produced by Je Suis Bien Content)

– “Struck” (“Foudroyés”), directed by Bibo Bergeron; produced by DOKO/Stink.

– “The First Step” (“Le Premier Pas”), directed by Vanessa Clément; produced by Les Films du Cygne.

– “The Hitchhiker” (“L’Autostoppeur”), directed by Julien Paolini; produced by Nolita Cinema.

– “The Lift” (“L’Ascenseur”), directed by Agnès Doolaeghe; produced by Tout Seuls Production.

– “The Right Person For the Job” (“La Tête de l’emploi”), directed by Wilfried Méance; produced by Hilldale.

– “The Testicle” (“La Couille”), directed by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud; produced by Fluxus Films.

– “Under My Skin,” directed by Stéphane Caput, Loïc Pottier; produced by FIVE2ONE Films.

– “Who’s up?” (“Qui de nous deux?”), directed by Benjamin Bouhana; produced by Ten Films.

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