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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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.
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
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.
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.
Seminars, classes and conferences:
Crossing Borders: Foreign Films in Hollywood (L.A. Greek Film Festival, June 2011)
Seminar on the influence of European Film Movements (Aero theater, May 2008)