BronzeLens Film Festival will be celebrating its 11th annual festival in 2020.

BronzeLens seeks to showcase films by seasoned as well as the “next generation” of filmmakers that are by, for and/or depicting people of color, particularly of the African Diaspora. The Festival features outstanding films and workshops, Master Classes and Conversations about the art and business of filmmaking. Previous partners have included BET, Warner Media, OWN, and many others.

BronzeLens Film Festival has been approved as an Academy Awards® qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards.

Recipients of BronzeLens Film Festival qualifying awards will be eligible for consideration in the Short Film category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with Academy rules.

According to FilmFreeway BronzeLens ranks “in the top 1.5% of more than 8,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world.”

Recent reviews from attending filmmakers have said:

“Incredible seminars, several amazing filmmaker luncheons, and an “Oscar Like” award ceremony made this festival quite a magnificent affair.”

“Seriously, BronzeLens was an incredible festival with an outstanding awards show, fantastic films, and great panels with people to actually learn from.”

“BronzeLens took care of the pros and the newbies. There was a special liaison just for screening filmmakers and this made introductions and networking easier….”

BLFF has grown from a four-day festival to year-round programming. Since our first year, we were invited by Ava DuVernay to be a charter member of AFFRM, now ARRAY. In that capacity, we are a member of a collective of leading African American film festivals that comprise a unique distribution model. In addition, we’ve programmed for the Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Neighborhood Awards Expo, partnered for an on-going bi-annual Family Film series, produced a South Asian Film series, conducted career workshops and provided promotional support for many of our “alums” who have gone on to have theatrical and digital releases.

We award excellence in the following Award categories:
- Best Feature

- Best Short: BronzeLens Film Festival has been approved as an​ Academy Awards®​​ qualifying festival for the Short Film Awards.

- Best International

- Best Webisode

- Best Documentary

- Best Short Documentary

- Best Student Film 

- Best Music Video
- Best Actor in a Feature

- Best Actress in a Feature

- Audience Award determined by cell phone voting
- Best of Festival

Cash Prizes to be Announced

Please note:
- final cuts only- not works in progress.

BronzeLens Film Entry Submission Guidelines

BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF) is now accepting film entries for our 2020 Festival. We are seeking films by or about people of color that explore the trials and triumphs of life using the moving image.

Please read the following information fully and complete the online submission form found on FilmFreeway. BronzeLens Film Festival does not grant waivers for entry fees. If you are a previous BronzeLens filmmaker (if a previous film was an Official Selection) there is an Alumni Rate code that you can request at Note: if your film was shot in Georgia or there are any Georgia ties of your principals (Georgia residence) there is a $10 entry fee reduction (Early Bird, Regular or Late deadlines applies). You are encouraged to submit prior to the deadline for a reduced fee. Please state why your film is eligible in this category.

BLFF Eligibility

Entries MUST BE written, directed, produced and/or principally acted by a person of color. Works in progress are not considered.

More than one entry can be submitted; however, each entry must be accompanied by a separate online submission form, entry fee, color JPEG publicity photo, one - two sentence synopsis and URL link and password.
Year of completion must be 2018 or later.
Foreign language films must have English subtitles.

Online submissions must include the fully completed submission form, entry fee, JPEG publicity photo(s), downloadable trailer link, two sentence synopsis and URL link (Vimeo preferred). The URL link and password for selected films must be available until August 30, 2020.

Completion of the entry form certifies that you are the rightful owner of the submitted work and own all rights and releases necessary for public screening, that all legal clearances and releases including, but not limited to talent, intellectual property, music or stock footage are the responsibility of the filmmaker, and that the submitted film is not subject to litigation and is not threatened by litigation. If selected, you agree to provide a final exhibition downloadable link and password no later than June 29, 2020. You give permission for BLFF to utilize clips or stills of your entry for festival promotional purposes (including but not limited to television, web, and presentations).

BLFF encourages at least an Atlanta premiere for the selected films and shorts. Projects may have distribution but not yet had a theatrical release, airplay on television, or broadcast on the Internet (excluding webisodes series).

Official Selection Announcement will be made the week of June 10, 2019, via Facebook Live. It will be followed up by an official acceptance sent via e-mail.

Submission and Judging Categories include:

- Feature Film (narrative fiction): (41 minutes +)
- Short Film (40 minutes or less) All shorts must provide a link and password.
The winner is eligible to submit to the Academy Awards in the Shorts category.
- Documentary: (30 minutes +)
- Short Documentary: (up to 29 minutes)
- Webisode (two in a series; each not to exceed 15:00)
- Music Video (must be an original song, not a cover and not to exceed 6:30)
- International Documentary: (30 minutes +)
- International Feature (narrative fiction): (41 minutes +)
- Student Shorts (up to 39 minutes); must be written, shot, directed and produced by
students who were in college during the time of its production.
(Student shorts are not eligible to be submitted in the Shorts category;
BronzeLens reserves the right to move them to the Student category)

Best Actress in a Feature or Short **

Best Actor in a Feature or Short **

**If you are submitting an actor/actress for nomination (feature film and shorts only) please make sure to list both their name and their character name; otherwise, recommendations will be based on the judge's evaluations.

Overall Rating
  • Juel D. Lane

    This was my first major film festival and I enjoyed the tone of the festival. Just being in the room with so many legends was amazing! Every person that I met was lovely and definitely inspired me to keep pushing my films further. lovely festival!!!

    May 2020
  • Jason Gourdine

    Great environment for filmmakers. Really enjoyed my time there.

    March 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Jason!

  • Great Festival and Conference. We were nominated in the Best Short Doc Category.

    October 2019
  • The team at Bronze Lens went the extra mile for filmmakers. They ensured we got as much press as possible and connected us with industry. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    September 2019
  • Mackleen Desravines

    This was the best film festival I have ever attended. They were so professional and did everything to keep the filmmakers updated on everything. The films selected this year and moderators were excellent. They show so much love and respect for filmmakers that it only encourages us to continue working hard.

    What I loved were all the luncheons and even the filmmaker's lounge where we could all meet each other. There were filmmakers all around the world. It was amazing. I will never forget Bronzelens for as long as I live. I love them.

    September 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Mackleen. So glad you enjoyed your first BronzeLens experience. We hope it won't be your last.