Introduced in 2005, the COLCOA AWARDS is an annual competition of new French films selected for the festival.  As 74% of our audience is affiliated with the U.S. Film Industry, the COLCOA AWARDS are a unique opportunity for Hollywood professionals to express their taste for contemporary French cinema, French TV programs and, since 2017, Web Series.  Voters include American critics, film industry professionals, American students and general audience.

All films selected at the festival compete for the COLCOA AWARDS except films presented in the COLCOA Classics Series and VR selection.  In 2017, the competition was comprised of 34 features and documentaries (COLCOA CINEMA Competition), 11 TV Movies and Series (COLCOA TELEVISION Competition) as well as 19 short films and 6 Web Series.


Twenty seven prizes were awarded:  Twelve from the audience in all categories (Audience Award, Audience Special Prize, Audience Special Mention, Best Documentary, Coming Soon Award, Best TV Movie, Best Series, Audience Short Award, Audience Short Special Prize, Audience Short Special Mention, Web Series Award); Three from a jury of film critics for the CINEMA Competition (Critics Award, Critics Special Prize, First Feature Award); Four from the COLCOA Television Jury and three from the Short Film Jury (Short Film Award, Short Film Special Prize, Short Film Special Mention). In 2017, a new Award was introduced: the American Student Awards chosen by a jury of nine Highschool and College students.


COLCOA AWARDS winners are officially announced the day after the festival.


Recently awarded films include Mr and Mrs Adelman, A Woman’s Life, Little Gems, Hedi, Call My Agent Season 2, Beautiful Loser Season 1, Plessis’ Girls, Marion Forever 13, Thank you Mr Imada, Amnesia (2017)  The Innocents, Come What May, Made in France, Le Bureau Season 2, Call My Agent (2016),  Blind Date, The Last Hammer Blow, One in a Lifetime, Danbe Head Up, Spiral Season 5, Grounded (2015), Vandal, Turning Tide, Chinese Puzzle, Me, Myself and Mom, Flore (2014) The Attack, Haute Cuisine, A Few Hours of Spring, The Intouchables,.. .

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