The American French Film Festival Cancels its 2023 Edition 

The American French Film Festival Cancels its 2023 Edition 

The 27th American French Film Festival (TAFFF) which had been slated to take place at the Directors Guild in Los Angeles from October 18 – 22 has been canceled due to the writers and actors strikes.  

The yearly event (formerly known as COLCOA), overseen by the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF), was shelved after the Board of Directors arrived at the difficult decision to cancel. “The FACF Board of Directors determined this week that it was not possible to continue with business as usual”, the Board said in a statement.   

Despite the festival’s cancellation, the complete 2023 festival slate of films has just been announced to honour the projects that were selected. “A total of 21 feature films, four documentaries, nine series, four TV movies and 17 short films are part of the selection. Thirty-five of them would have been presented as US, North American, and World Premieres,” said Francois Truffart, Executive Producer and Artistic Director of TAFFF. You can discover the full selection on the festival’s website.

This year’s line-up was to include the North American debut of the critically acclaimed Brigitte Bardot French TV series Bardot, with the presence of Academy-Award Nominated Writer/Director and co-creator Danièle Thompson at the premiere.   

“The FACF is keenly aware of the impact of this decision on the filmmakers, actors, producers and distributors of the films and series that were due to be featured, many of them for the first time in the United States. The FACF would like to thank all the French cinema professionals for their understanding and for their supportive messages during these difficult times.” 

TAFFF is presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, a unique partnership between the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, Motion Picture Association, and SACEM – the French Society of Authors, Writers, Composers and Publishers of Music.   

The Fund prominently promotes French cinema, developing ties with American distributors, and facilitates access and collaboration between members of the French and American film industry. 

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