23 new French short films will compete for the 2018 COLCOA Awards. This exclusive selection of French shorts underlines the creativity of French production and putting new talent in the spotlight.

Each short film will be shown before a feature film presentation during the COLCOA week (April 23-20). The competition of shorts will take place at the Directors Guild of America on Sunday, April 29, with a screening of all films selected. (Free admission on a First Come First Served basis.) Attendance will vote for the COLCOA Audience Short Film Award and a professional jury will decide for the COLCOA Short Film Award.

COLCOA Short competition is presented with the support of Unifrance (Christine Gendre)

A part of the COLCOA Short Film Program will be broadcasted in May on TV5 Monde Cinema On Demand, a SVOD service now available everywhere in the United States.

In 2017, COLCOA Short Film Award went to Chasse Royale written and directed by Romane Gueret and Lise Akoka. COLCOA Audience Film Award went to Thank You Mr Imada written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. Selected in 2017, Garden Party was a 2018 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Short.


Sunday April 29? Truffaut Theatre 11:00 am
(ends at 1:00 pm)

I HAVE ARRIVED (Je suis venu)

Drama 2017 2’00

Written and directed by: Amiel Roux, Ronan Posnic, Emmanuel Gautier

Produced by: Amiel Roux

Aël is a young first-aid worker who has just saved a life after a car crash. He looks back at the journey he has accomplished that led him to that moment.

(Also presented with CHATEAU on Sunday, April 29)

CREATURE FROM THE LAKE (La Créature du lac)

Animation, Comedy 2017 5’10

Written and directed by: Orianne Siccardi, Maria Castro Rodriguez, Mallaury Simoes, Logan Cluber, Renata Antunez, Nicolas Grangeaud, Alexis Bédué, Capucine Rahmoun-Swierczynski, Léa Bresciani, Victor Rouxel, Amandine Canville

Produced by: Xavier Rousell (Isart Digital)

Sales Agent: Luce Grosjean (Miyu Distribution)

In the 80s, a virile and experienced monster hunter is the hero of a low-budget TV show. With his camera woman, he goes to a lake, where there have been mysterious disappearances…

(Also presented with SCHOOL OF LIFE on Sunday, April 29)

FIST (Prends mon poing)

Drama 2017 21’20

Written and directed by: Sarah Al Atassi

Produced by: La Femis

Sales Agent: Géraldine Amgard (La Femis)

Bilal is a violent outsider who lives a life of drinking, fighting and sex. One day, he comes across a worthy rival. The two will lock horns in confrontation.

(Also presented with LUNA on Saturday, April 28)

GRAMS (Petites filles)

Drama, Comedy 2017 16’

Written and directed by: Camille Japy

Produced by: Mandarin Cinema

Sales Agent: Jean-Charles Mille (Premium Films)

When Caroline arrived for the funeral of her grandmother, she and her daughter find the church empty. Odile, her mother has postponed the ceremony as she is not ready for the burial.

(Also presented with STAND UP GIRL on Saturday, April 28)


NOTHING SPECIAL (Rien d’spécial)

Drama 2017 4’54

Written and directed by: Floriance Colas

Produced by: Floriane Colas

Seven women, seven situations, seven forms of harassment. A denunciation of violence against women in their everyday life.

(Also presented with THE GUARDIANS on Friday, April 27)


Animation, drama 2017 7’45

Written and directed by: Adrien Zumbihl, Pierre Ropars, Antonin Derory, Diane Thirault, Jérémie Cottard, Matthieu Druaud

Produced by: Philippe Meis (Supinfocom Rubika)

Sales agent: Patrick de Carvalho (Je Regarde)

An ant falls into a cold, dark place. We follow its journey through this disturbing yet fascinating world and the dangers it must face in order to escape.

(Also presented with SEE YOU UP THERE on Friday, April 27)

JUNE 19 (19 Juin)

Drama, Period film 2017 20’24

Written and directed by: Anaïs Tellenne

Produced by: Jérôme Schwab (Caméra Subjective)

Sales agent: Jérôme Schwab

Haunted by the memory of her love affair with Alfred de Musset, author George Sand can’t manage to write. She must give herself over to a painful fight to turn over a new leaf and find the final word to her book.

(Also presented with THE FLESH OF THE ORCHID on Tuesday, April 24)



Drama 2018 14’

Written and directed by: Delphine Baril

Produced by: Claude Lelouch (Les Films 13)

Sales agent: Les Films 13

Feeling responsible for the death of his mother, a young man has been suffering for years until he understands that he must find forgiveness and take care of himself.

(Also presented with CUSTODY on Wednesday, April 25)

PIONEERS (Les Pionniers de l’Univers)

Animation, Comedy 2017 • 5’19

Written and directed by: Jérôme Van Beneden, Benjamin Bernon, Clémentine Courbin, Matthieu Guevel, Anthony Rège

Produced by: Gilbert Kiner (ArtFX)

Sales agent: Luce Grosjean (Miyu Distribution)

In the 1960s, during the USSR space race, Macha and his friend Vassily work secretly on a special project.

(Also presented with FAMILY IS FAMILY on Tuesday, April 24)

THE WINKLES (Les Bigorneaux)

Drama, Comedy 2017 • 24’50

Written and directed by: Alice Vial

Produced by: Jonathan Hazan (Les Films du Cygne)

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

In Brignogan-Plages, thirty-year-old Zoé works with her father, Guy, at his bar “Les Bigorneaux”. One morning, Zoé starts suffering from dizziness and nausea, which disrupt her daily life.

(Also presented with THE ADOPTED on Thursday, April 26)


Sunday April 29? Truffaut Theatre 4:15 pm
(ends at 6:45 pm)

I AM A WOUND (Je suis une blessure)

Drama • 2017 • 2’

Written and directed by: Léo Bigiaoui

Produced by: Léo Bigiaoui

A day before Christmas in the Paris subway. A woman worries about a passenger standing in front of her and carrying a gift-wrapped parcel.

(Also presented with BURN OUT on Friday, April 27)


Horror, thriller • 2018 • 17’36

Written and directed by: Just Philippot

Produced by: Farid and Thierry Lounas (Capricci), Camille Chandelier (La Petite Prod)

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

A disturbing cloud has taken shape somewhere in the West, driving the population to take to the road. As the cloud inexorably advances, general panic breaks out. This cumulus is acidic.

(Also presented with THE NIGHT EATS THE WORLD on Friday, April 27)


Animation, fantaisy • 2017 • 6’18

Written and directed by: Romain Thirion, Florian Brauch, Matthieu Pujol, Kim Tailhades, Yohan Thireau, Florian Brauch

Produced by: Anne Brotot (Mopa)

Sales agent: François Heiser (Yummy Films)

When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

(Also presented with C’EST LA VIE! on Saturday, April 28)

UNDER MUM’S SKIRT (Les Trompes de ma mère)

Comedy • 2017 • 12’10

Written and directed by: Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix

Produced by: Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix

In Florida, a young French woman accompanies her mother to a routine medical check-up in order to translate for her. When she discovers that the appointment is with a gynecologist, she’s taken aback.

(Also presented with NAKED NORMANDY on Sunday, April 29)


Drama • 2017 • 19’28

Written and directed by: Jessica Palud

Produced by: Lucas Tothe, Sylvain Lagrillère (Punchline Cinéma)

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

Fourteen-year-old Marlon visits her mother in prison for the first time since she was jailed. Marlon persists, despite everything, in believing that her mother is her childhood heroine.

(Also presented with THE PARTY’S OVER on Saturday, April 28)

THE AMOROUS INDIES (Les Indes galantes)

Documentary, Musical • 2017 • 5’26

Written and directed by: Clément Cogitor

Produced by: Les Films Pelléas, Opera National de Paris

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

A rap battle between urban culture – the Krump, a dance born in the Los Angeles ghettos after the 1995 riots – and Rameau’s music on the Bastille Opera stage.

(Also presented with PLOT 35 on Thursday, April 26)


Animation, Comedy • 2017 • 7’33

Written and directed by: Léa Finucci, Marina Roger, Gauthier Ammeux, Alexandre Dumez, Valentine Baillon, Benjamin Chaumeny

Produced by: Anne Brotot (Mopa)

Sales agent: François Heiser (Yummy Films)

A tiger, escaping his hunter, ends up in a space station occupied by an astronaut and his goldfish.

(Also presented with CHRISTMAS AND CO on Sunday, April 29)

RISE OF A STAR (Naissance d’une étoile)

Drama • 2017 • 18’50

Written and directed by: James Bort

Produced by: Boris Mendza, Gaël Cabouat, Davis Atrakchi (Fulldawa Films)

Sales agent: Fulldawa Films

Emma is about to be the new Ballerina. But something upsets her. A secret. A secret liable to undermine what she has spent a whole life on.

(Also presented with LE BRIO on Thursday, April 26)

ORDEAL (Ordalie)

Comedy • 2017 • 14’20

Written and directed by: Sacha Barbin

Produced by: Gabriel Festoc, Nelson Ghrénassia (Yukunkun Productions), Gary Farkas,  Clément Lepoutre, Julie Mathieu, Olivier Muller (Vixens)

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

Around teatime, Mr. Kaplan’s doorbell rings. The fifty-year-old man finds himself face to face with a young man he doesn’t know, a visit he had stopped waiting for long ago.

(Also presented with MY SON on Friday, April 27)

OUR CHILDREN (Nos enfants)

Drama • 2017 • 10’29

Written and directed by: Sarah Suco

Produced by: Dominique Besnehard, Antoine Le Carpentier (Mon Voisin Productions)

Sales agent: Mon Voisin Productions

When Lucie and Jean come home after a dinner, they realize that their children have disappeared from their room. But the baby-sitter has no explanation to provide…

(Also presented with MONTPARNASSE BIENVENÜE on Saturday, April 28)

THE HITCHIKER (L’Autostoppeuse)

Drama • 2017 • 15’35

Written and directed by: Julien Decoin

Produced by: Dominique Besnehard, Antoine Le Carpentier (Mon Voisin Productions)

Sales agent: Mon Voisin Productions

Emilie leaves Paris in a car she cannot drive. Reverse hitchhiking, looking for drivers to take her to see the sea from the top of the cliffs.

(Also presented with DIVING on Thursday, April 26)

GRANDPA WALRUS (Pépé le Morse)

Animation, Drama • 2017 • 15’

Written and directed by: Lucrèce Andreae
Produced by: Jérôme Barthélemy, Daniel Sauvage (Caïmans Productions)

Sales agent: Nathalie Lebel (L’Agence du court métrage)

On the cloudy, windy beach, Granny is praying, Mum is shouting, the sisters don’t care, Lucas is alone. Grandpa was a weird guy, now he’s dead.

(Also presented with GET OUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEFS on Wednesday, April 25)


Drama • 2016 • 7’

Written and directed by: Morgane Polanski

Produced by: Roman Polanski (RP Productions)

A young actress’s fascination with the well-known English stage actress to whom she is understudying becomes an obsession. How far will she go to reach her goal?

(Also presented with PROMISE AT DAWN on Saturday, April 28)

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