Young Audiences:

COLCOA (A Week of French Film Premieres)

Beginning in 2008, ELMA and COLCOA created the opportunity for high school students to experience a foreign film - many for the first time. Altogether, since the launch of the high school screenings, over 10,000 students from 90 high schools in Los Angeles County have participated in the program.

In 2010, a masterclass was introduced for colleges, film schools and universities, which consists of a premiere screening of a French film, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. These have involved students from 30 colleges and universities.

For the 2012 edition, we also launched a student screening. Unlike the masterclass which is reserved for film students, the student screening is open to all students 17 and over and has less ratings constraints than the High school screening.

Thanks to ELMA's continued patronage, COLCOA is able to offer these programs free of charge.

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ColCoa High School Screenings: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
ColCoa Masterclass: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
COLCOA Student Screening: 2012, 2013

Los Angeles Children Film Festival

In 2013, the American Cinematheque and the New York International Children's Film Festival, presented for the first time the Los Angeles Children's Film Festival, showing shorts and features, animation and film, for children of all ages, from 16 countries. Supported by ELMA.
Los Angeles Children's Film Festival 2013

Los Angeles Children Film Festival

Spotlight on French Animation, Aero, Dec 2012

In the last decade, French animation has produced such gems as THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE, PERSEPOLIS and the recent A CAT IN PARIS (all of which earned Oscar nominations). The French Film & TV Office and the American Cinematheque presented three new films in this grand tradition of distinctively drawn visuals paired with unusual stories: ZARAFA, THE PAINTING and THE RABBI'S CAT. Supported by ELMA

Spotlight on French Animation

Spanish Film Study-Day

In 2011 and 2012, the Recent Spanish Cinema series featured a Spanish Film Study-Day. Students from several high schools were given the opportunity to see a premiere at the Egyptian Theater. The screenings were complemented by pedagogical tasks involving film and language. Films shown were ENTRELOBOS and COPITO DE NIEVE.
Spanish Film Study-Day ('11, '12)


ELMA was delighted to welcome and support Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People in Los Angeles. Cinemagic brought us a piece of Ireland, March 1st-4th 2010, at the RedCat Theatre. 250 young people, from different schools throughout LA, came together to watch a selection of Irish Films, score and rate them. Cinemagic was also hosting professional classes in filmmaking and acting at Hamilton High School and at the Animo Film and Theater Arts Charter High School.
Cinemagic in Los Angeles

Seminars, classes and conferences:

Crossing Borders: Foreign Films in Hollywood (L.A. Greek Film Festival, June 2011)
The age of global interconnectedness is shaping the ways films are made,distributed and exhibited in the US and abroad, while the dividing lines between foreign films, independent productions and Hollywood studio films are beginningto blur. For the first time in the history of American cinema, Hollywood studios have set up international offices to facilitate local productions filmed in the local language. Similarly, foreign films may be facing a newly kindled interest in the US. While still marginal players in the US distribution and exhibition domains, foreign films have a growing effect on both studio and independent domestic filmmaking, shown by an increasing number of international co-productions and Hollywood studio remakes. This panel will address questions on the future potential of foreign films in the broader international market, including issues such as international representation and the use of alternative distribution and marketing resources.
Foreign Films in Hollywood Industry Panel

Seminar on the influence of European Film Movements (Aero theater, May 2008)
What inspires the visual and narrative construction of a Scorsese, Yimou, Lynch, Miyazaki, Coen or Dardenne Brothers film? European film movements of the 1920s to the 1990s have often been cited as focal points to understanding the work of our reigning masters of cinema. Whether it is through Italian Neo-Realism, French Poetic Realism, French New Wave, 70s New German Cinema or Dogma 95, this seminar, led by film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris, will help you to understand the founding principles of each revolutionary European film movement and how important each is to the design of cinema today.
European Film Movements Seminar

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