American French Film Festival Cancels October Edition Amid Strikes

The 27th annual American French Film Festival set for October has been canceled in light of the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the Franco American Cultural Fund announced.

“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.

The Los Angeles festival, formerly known as Colcoa, had been set for Oct. 18 to 22.

“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 French cinema professionals for their understanding and for their supportive messages during these difficult times,” the statement continued.

Although the festival will not take place, the full 2023 slate of films will still be announced on Sept. 27 to honor the projects that had been selected. Organizers said they look forward to the event returning in 2024.

The FACF is a partnership between the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild of America, the Motion Picture Association and SACEM, the French Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music.

A prominent launchpad for French film and television projects in Hollywood, TAFFF has seen several films each year get distribution, most recently including “Final Cut,” “A Family for 1640 Days” and “The Super 8 Years.” Each year, French filmmakers and talent are able to showcase their films at the beginning of awards season as well as helpng foster collaboration and exchange between French and American film professionals.

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