19 new French short films will compete for the 2021 COLCOA Awards. This exclusive selection of French shorts underlines the creativity of French production and putting new talent in the spotlight in Hollywood.

Each film will be shown before a feature film presentation during COLCOA (November 2~7).

The whole competition will take place in two parts every morning from Tuesday, November 2 to Sunday, November 7. Each part will be screened three times (Free admission on a First Come First Served basis.) Attendees will vote for the 2021 COLCOA Audience Short Film Award and the 2021 COLCOA Jury Short Film Prize will be awarded by a Jury of professionals: Maria Burton (DGA), Sandrine Faucher (USC Film School), Francois Scippa-Kohn (Distrib Films US), Pawel Wieszcz (Kinoscope). Voters will have to see the entire program presented in two parts to be able to vote (see below).

(During week days, after the competition and before evening screenings, you can attend our program of free screenings and panels followed by a complementary wine & cheese reception)

COLCOA Short competition is presented with the support of Unifrance and TV5 Monde.

Admission to the festival is subject to COVID rules to be announced soon.


Tuesday, November 2 / Thursday, November 4   • Truffaut Theatre • 10:40 am
(Screening ends at 12:25 pm)

Saturday, November 6 • Truffaut Theatre – 9:00 am
(Screening ends at 10:45 am)


400 MPH

Animation • 2019 • 4’51
Written and directed by: Paul-Eugène Dannaud, Julia Chaix, Lorraine Desserre, Alice Lefort, Natasha Pianeti, Quentin Tireloque
Produced by: Philippe Meis (RUBIKA)
International Sales: Je Regarde

On the Bonneville salt flats, the sound of roaring engines can be heard in the distance. At the wheel is Icarus, a chimpanzee hell-bent on transcending the limits of speed.

(Also presented with EIFFEL on Saturday November 6 at 7:30 pm)



Drama • 2021 • 19’20
Directed by: Emmanuel Tenenbaum
Written by: Guillaume Fournier, Emmanuel Tenenbaum
Produced by: Zangro (Bien ou Bien Productions)
International Sales: Premium Films

September 11th, 2001. Tom, a young trader at the City in London, pushed by his recent bad results, jumps into the biggest trade of his life.

(Also presented with BLACK BOX on Friday November 5 at 7:40 pm)


FAMADIHANA / Lève tes morts

Drama • 2021 • 15’58
Written and directed by: Hugo Rousselin
Produced by: Damien Megherbi, Justin Pechberty (Les Valseurs)

1752. La Reunion Island. Soa a former Malagasy slave has to face an inevitable choice, abandon her family or flee to finally return home.

(Also presented with LOVERS on Thursday November 4 at 5:00 pm)



Animation • 2020 • 5’24
Written and directed by: Cai Yuanqing, Nathan Crabot, Houzhi Huang, Mikolaj Janiw, Mandimby Lebon, Théo Tran Ngoc
Produced by: Gobelins – L’Ecole de l’Image
International Sales: Miyu Distribution

A man comes home and wants to go to bed. A bunch of noisy roommates. A crowded city in southern China.

(Also presented with THE SUMMIT OF THE GODS on Wednesday November 3 at 7:55 pm)



Comedy • 2020 • 3’25
Written and directed by: Rémi Parisse
Produced by: Elabelle Productions

International sales: Elabelle Productions

When Paulette and Roger’s ears meet their granddaughter’s favorite rapper.

(Also presented with FRENCH TECH on Thursday November 4 at 7:55 pm)


INSPECTION / L’Inspection

Drama • 2021 • 15’
Written and directed by: Caroline Brami, Frédéric Bas
Produced by: Carine Ruszniewski (GoGoGo Films, De Films en Aiguille)

International Sales: OriGine Films

Julia, an experienced history teacher is confronted by an Inspector of National Education about her way of teaching the Shoah.

(Also presented with THE RESTLESS on Tuesday November 2 at 7:45 pm)

Fier de toi mon fils de Florian Delhormeau

PROUD OF MY SON / Fier de toi mon fils

Drama • 2021 • 2’
Written and directed by: Florian Delhormeau

A young boy plays with a fake gun in a backyard. He seems to enjoy it.

(Also presented with ROBUST on Saturday November 6 at 1:35 pm)


DIRTY HANDS / Les Mains Sales

Drama • 2021 • 20’22
Written and directed by: Hélène Rosselet-Ruiz
Produced by: La FEMIS
International Sales: La FEMIS

In Paris, a young housekeeper works for a rich Arabic couple. In this world of appearances, her dedication and sense of sacrifice will be necessary to try to save them.

(Also presented with BETWEEN TWO WORLDS on Saturday November 6 at 1:45 pm)


THE RIGHT WORDS / Haut les coeurs

Comedy, Romance • 2021 • 14’49
Written and directed by: Adrian Moyse Dullin
Produced by: Punchline Cinéma

International sales: Salaud Morisset

During a bus ride, Kenza puts her naive and romantic little brother Mahdi to the ultimate test: he must make now a declaration of love to Jada, a girl he loves but who doesn’t know him.

(Also presented with THE YOUNG LOVERS on Wednesday November 3 at 8:00 pm)


Wednesday, November 3 / Friday, November 5   • Truffaut Theatre • 10:35 am
(Screening ends at 12:30 pm)

Sunday, November 7 • Truffaut Theatre • 9:00 am
(Screening ends at 11:00 am)



(Out of Competition)

UNDER THE ICE / Sous la glace

Animation • 2019 • 6’50
Written and directed by: Milan Baulard, Ismaïl Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory, Hugo Potin
Produced by: École des Nouvelles Images
International sales: Miyu

On a lake, a heron is fishing while winter arrives.

(Also presented with BIRDS OF AMERICA on Thursday November 4 at 7:45 pm)


LAST STATION / La Dernière station

Suspense, thriller • 2021 • 8’49
Written and directed by: Pierre Ferrière
Produced by: Pierre Ferrière (SCENE 64 Productions)

A man fills up his car with gas in an isolated station, then he spills gasoline all over the place and threatens the attendant with a lighter. It is time to talk.

(Also presented with BLOODY ORANGES on Saturday November 6 at 10:10 pm)



Drama • 2021 • 19’
Directed by: Hannil Ghilas
Produced by: Cypher films & Ph’art et Balises
International Sales: Cypher films

In Marseille, a family meets to mourn the loss of the patriarch. Will generation conflicts be stronger than family spirit?

(Also presented with A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE on Saturday November 6 at 11:10 am)



Animation, Action, Comedy • 2021 • 6’25
Written and directed by: Suki
Produced by: Utopi

In a deafening noise of chainsaws, loggers happily humming while they cut down trees to be used as decor for a fashion show.

(Also presented with BYE BYE MORONS on Sunday November 7 at 2:00 pm)



Comedy • 2020 • 2’36
Written and directed by: Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix
Produced by: Sarah Heitz de Chabaneix

Laure is feeling a bit down. So, with an expert slide of her fingers on her mobile phone, she organizes a 101st date for tonight on a dating app.

(Also presented with THE UNSOPHISTICATED LADY onThursday November 4 at 6:00 pm)


STORE POLICY / L’Effort commercial

Drama • 2021 • 16’58
Written and directed by: Sarah Arnold
Produced by: Sensito films, 5 a 7 Films
International Sales: Manifest

In her seasonal job, Léa takes up her position as a cashier in a large supermarket chain. Soon she will have to face the violence of the workplace.

(Also presented with ANOTHER WORLD on Tuesday November 2 at 5:00 pm)


A BUG / Un bug

Drama, Dark Comedy • 2021 • 4’15
Written and directed by: Guillaume Courty
Produced by: Guillaume Courty, Eric de Roquefeuil

A taxi driver is victim of a computer bug and desperately tries to convince an official to cancel his license suspension.

(Also presented with THE BIG HIT on Saturday November 6 at 4:55 pm)


THE SAVERINI WIDOW / La Veuve Saverini

Drama • 2020 • 19’25

Written and directed by: Loïc Gaillard
Produced by: Les Films du Cygne
International Sales: Les Films du Cygne

Corsica, 1883. The widow of the late Saverini lives in an isolated house with her son Antoine, and her dog. Her world falls to pieces when her son is killed in a clash.


STEP INTO THE RIVER / Dans la rivière

Animation, Drama • 2020 • 14’50
Written and directed by: Weijia Ma
Produced by: Les Valseurs
International Sales: Les Valseurs

Lu and Wei, two young girls, live in a village nestled on the banks of a river. Their destiny will tragically change because of the China’s one-child policy.

(Also presented with LITTLE GIRL on Wednesday November 3 at 1:00 pm)


WE’RE NOT ANIMALS / On n’est pas des animaux

Comedy • 2020 • 15’44

Written and directed by: Noé Debré
Produced by: Moonshaker
International Sales: Manifest

Marie, Igor’s ex, has become an Instagram star thanks to an activist group about female orgasm. Igor thinks it’s a strategy to prevent him from replacing her. With his friend Arnaud, he goes to Marie’s place to clear things up.

(Also presented with MAGNETIC BEATS on Saturday November 6 at 5:00 pm)

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