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KOLAM PRODUCTIONS

Kolam is an independent film production company, based in Paris, created in 2003.
Kolam's editorial line focuses on art, culture, history, travel and horse stories.
We aim to produce films that share a human touch, strong artistic vision and excellent quality.

Kolam has achieved the production of more than 35 hours of creative documentaries and has multiplied its co-production with different broadcasters: Arte, Ciné +, Equidia, Planète, Voyage, LCP and KTO. Our French institutional partners are: CNC (National Centre of Cinematography), Procirep & Angoa, DMDTS (Direction Musique Danse Théâtre, Spectacle de rue), SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia –"Brouillon d'un rêve"), CECI – Moulin d‘Andé, Région Languedoc Roussillon, CRRAV (Centre Régional de Ressources Audiovisuelles), and Région Poitou Charentes. Kolam has worked, occasionally, for La Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
MEDIA is another Partner of ours.

Our films are internationally distributed by our sellers www.10francs.fr and www.lukarn.fr, www.collection-opus.fr, and seen in Czech Republic (Ceska TV), Greece (ERT), Serbia (RTS), Australia (SBS), Mexico (Canal 22, TV Unam), Spain (Libertad TV, Catalunya), Sweden (SVT, Axess TV), Ireland (TG4), Poland (CANAL+), Qatar (Al Jazeera, Universal Media), Russia (Art Media Group), Middle East (Founoon Film Distribution), Romania (TVR), Viet Nam (ICP), Canada USA (Terra Terra Communication, Ciné Fête), Morocco (Berbère TV), New Caledonia (STR – NC TV), United States (Bonjour Television) and seen in many other countries through CFI and TV5.
From the start, Kolam is widely opened to the international scene. About 95% of our films have been shot in foreign countries: Ireland, Switzerland, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Morocco, Jordania, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Taiwan, China, Mexico, Argentina, Chili, Cuba, and United States.

Kolam trained students in script writing at the SMS (Summer Media Studio), in Lithuania 2006 (Programme organized by the Educational Film and TV Studio of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre -Vilnius).
Kolam participated to the EURODOC programme (2007), sponsored by MEDIA.
Kolam attends festivals and documentary markets such as the Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle), Dragon Pitching Forum (Krakow), IDFA (Amsterdam), DocEdge (Calcutta), Doc it (Trento), Dok Leipzig, Festival des Libertés (Bruxelles), Festival international du film documentaire (Agadir), Festival Traces de Vie (Clermont Ferrand), Festival Pointdoc on internet, etc...

PROJECT DIRECTOR : OLGA PRUD'HOMME FARGES

After getting a MA in History at La Sorbonne University and a post graduate degree in mass media sciences, she entered professional life on archaeological surveys in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Italy and Israel. Her passion for Asian cultures took her into freelance reporting. Her work has been published in main French dailies among which Le Monde and Libération, as well as in weeklies, monthlies and television. Besides, she conducted a market study for Marie-Claire Group, on women's magazines in India.
She is into documentary film production and direction since 1997 when she produced and directed 30 short portraits of children for France Television, shot in Indonesia, India, Czech Republic, Hungary, Uzbekistan and Kirghizia.
Her latest films as director are: Ryszard Kapuscinski’s Africa, 52’ (Arte/Kolam/Phares et Balises), an intimate portrait of the great French archaeologist, Christiane Desroches Noblecourt, 52’ (prod: CDP – France 5 /collection : EMPREINTES. 2010). And Pasteur’s Heirs, 52’ (prod: Froggie’s – France 5. 2012) is a portrait of scientists at Pasteur Institute.
Beside her documentary assignments, she the author of Du côté des Filles (On the Teenage girl's side - Louis Audibert, 2002, Paris), Stables, a beau-livre (Rizzoli, 2005), Rendez-vous à Venise (short stories - Rageot Editeur, 2005) and Rendez-vous à Paris (short stories - Rageot Editeur, 2009).

THE ART OF KOLAM

Kolam is an ancient art from India. The knowledge is transmitted from mother to daughter.
A kolam is a geometrical, or floral, figures, designed on the ground at home’s entrances. The drawing is made with rice powder and follows an elegant gesture.
Women draw kolam to honor Lakshmi, as well as to welcome foreigners. It brings luck and prosperity to the house.
Each kolam is ephemere, endlessly recreated and unique.