If you are planning to see a film at COLCOA, come earlier and attend a Happy Hour Talk from Tuesday to Saturday.


The one hour panel series Happy Hour Talks, programmed at 4:00 pm (3:45 pm on Friday and 6:30 pm on Saturday), presents topics of interest to industry professionals and cinephiles.


From Tuesday to Friday, each panel is followed by a complimentary reception in the COLCOA lounge. (for panel attendees only) Panel attendees also have priority access to the theatres for the next screenings.


You must be 21+ to attend. No late entry allowed in the panel after 4:30 pm (4:15 pm on Friday)


(Panelists subject to change)


Tuesday, April 21

Truffaut Theatre 4:00 pm



French filmmakers and Actors are invited to talk about American Cinema and how it has influenced them.


Moderated by:
 Steve Chagollan, Senior Editor Features - Variety

Panel Speakers:

Shirel Amitay – Atlit

Alix Delaporte – The Last Hammer Blow

Dante Desarthe – The Ponzi’s Scheme

Anne Fontaine – Gemma Bovery

Yann Gozlan – A Perfect Man

Michel Hazanavicius – The Search

Pierre Niney – A Perfect Man


Wednesday, April 22

Truffaut Theatre 4:00 pm  

Foreign film distribution – How to market a foreign film in the US today?

American market for foreign films has deeply changed during the last decade mainly because of new forms of distribution. How about marketing ? Do we promote foreign films differently today? what are the tools to reach and extend audiences ? How specific is the American audience compared to foreign audiences on a marketing point of view?


Presented with the support of Unifrance,


Moderated by: Adeline Monzier,
 Unifrance US Representative


Panel Speakers

Pierre Alexandre Labelle - Under the Milky Way

Ed Arentz - Music Box Films (Gemma Bovery)

Margot Gerber - American Cinematheque 

Sumyi Kong Antonson - Drafthouse Films (The Connection)

Vincent Paul-Boncour - Carlotta Film US (Will it Snow For Christmas?)

Francois Scippa-Kohn - Distrib Films (Chic!, Silenced Walls, Number One Fan, Hippocrates)




Thursday, April 23

Renoir Theatre 4:00 pm 

Focus on a Filmmaker: Michel Hazanavicius


A discussion with the Academy Award winner writer-director of The Artist, following the screening of OSS 117, Nest of Spies and before the Premiere of his last film The Search.


Moderated by:
 Wade Major, BoxOffice Magazine




Friday, April 24

Renoir Theatre 3:45 pm

Films for Cinema, films for Television: Where is the frontier now?


Moderated by:
 Peter Caranicas, Deputy Editor, Variety


Panel Speakers

Jean-Philippe Amar - Director - Blue Pills

Mathieu Bejot  - Executive Director  -TV France International 

Ulrich Lagriffoul - Vice President of Sales - AB International

Richard Lorber - President - Kino Lorber

Erick Zonka - Writer, director - White Soldier, The Dreamlife of Angels




Saturday, April 25

Truffaut Theatre

6:30 pm until  7:15 pm

Focus on two Producers: Maxime Delauney & Romain Rousseau (Nolita Films)


A 45-minute discussion with the producers of Memories, The Hitchhiker, Notre Faust in competition for the 2015 COLCOA Awards.