More and more French television programs including TV series are acquired for the U.S. market or developed and co-produced between both countries. 


In addition to the selection dedicated to French cinema, a competition of French films made for television was introduced in 2015 at COLCOA. Theatrical features remain the predominant part of the program, yet the inclusion of special fare for TV is a logical addition for a competitive arena in Hollywood.


Seven of the eleven films and series selected will be shown on loop from Tuesday April 19 to Monday April 25 in the Melville theater (Free – No RSVP). Four additional programs will be shown (tickets required) in the Truffaut Theater on Wednesday April 26 and on Monday May 1st.


For the second year a jury of professionals will vote for the COLCOA TELEVISION awards in addition to the audience vote (See Jury 2017 below). Click here of a complete list of the 2016 COLCOA TELEVISION Awards winners.


JURY 2017


Rod Holcomb

Initially from San Francisco, Rod migrated to Southern California in 1970. He started in the mailroom at ABC Television studio and worked his way into the promotion department producing on-air series promos. Rod became an Associate Producer in 1976 and got his first directing job on THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN. His first episode was “Big Foot”. 

In addition to an extensive episodic portfolio, Rod has also directed many prestigious made-for-television movies including, THE PENTAGON PAPERS with James Spader and Paul Giamatti, CONVICT COWBOY with Jon Voight and Marcia Gay Harden, CODE BREAKERS with Scott Glen, SONGS IN ORDINARY TIMES with Sissy Spacek, FINDING THE WAY HOME with George C. Scot, and SCENE OF THE CRIME with Orson Welles.

 Rod has directed 22 pilots; 15 have gone to series. He received an Emmy Award for the ER Finale Emmy nominations for ER and CHINA BEACH, a DGA Award for the ERPilot, and DGA Nominations for THE PENTAGON PAPERS and the CHINA BEACH pilot.  He has been a member of the Directors Guild of America for nearly four decades, was the Former Co-Chair of the Directors Guild of America’s Creative Rights Committee, and has served on the DGA’s National Board and Western Directors Council.  

As a Professor at UCLA, Rod designed a thirty-seven week course called the Advanced Dramatic Television Workshop for the UCLA School of Film, Television, and Digital Media; it is the first A to Z television production course of its kind in the world. The students recently completed filming a full-length one-hour dramatic pilot which won numerous awards. 


Rebecca Sonnenshine

Rebecca Sonnenshine is a writer/producer based in Los Angeles.  A graduate of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, her feature film credits include American Zombie, The Haunting of Molly Hartley, and the upcoming The Keeping Hours.  She spent five seasons as a writer/producer for The Vampire Diaires on the CW; most recently she served as a writer/co-executive producer on OUTCAST for Cinemax.


Monique Sorgen

After graduating from UCLA, Monique Sorgen worked as a director’s assistant in television dramas and comedies. She then made a short film, “Pants on Fire,” which garnered international distribution and played on television and airlines around the world, including on the prestigious ARTE Network in Europe.

This led to writing jobs on the syndicated show “Blind Date,” and for variety and alternative shows on TV channels Comedy Central, and VH1; after which she landed a staff position at ABC in a development think tank.

 In feature films, Monique was hired by Bigfoot Entertainment to write “The Babymaker,” an original script based on a producer’s idea. In 2007, Bigfoot subsequently flew her to Hong Kong to pen a Chinese remake of the film, “Love Stinks.” She was also hired to do a page-one re-write of “Rock n’ Roll Princess,” for Mike Elliott of Capital Arts Entertainment, and has worked as a script consultant with many producers, including Mike Gabrawy of Arclight films, and Chris Moore of “Project Greenlight” and “American Pie” fame.  In 2009, she was selected as a finalist for the Walt Disney Screenwriting Fellowship, for her inspirational basketball script, “All the Way Down,” which was later optioned by USA Network, to be made as a television movie. In 2014, she was selected as a finalist for the ABC TV writing program. During this time, Monique also developed a script for DiNovi Productions, and completed her first novel, “How Long You Should Wait to Have Sex,” which has an impressive star rating on Amazon, and is has been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French. Her most recent work includes writing for the hit Sony Brazil TV rom-com “(Des)Encontros” and directing & showrunning  3 unscripted series for the international network Fashion One. She currently has four feature films and two half-hour television comedies set up with producers.

Her other directing work includes several music videos for the band Thirstbusters, which have been featured on Disney XD, The Dish Network, UCTV, Yahoo Music, and (a joint venture between AOL and The Jonas Brothers), as well as several short films and web pilots, which have been in and out of development.

Monique is a member of the WGA.


COLCOA TELEVISION is presented by The Franco-American Cultural Fund, a partnership of the Directors Guild of America, the Motion Pictures Association of America, the SACEM and the Writers Guild of America West, in association with TV France International and TITRAFILM.