BronzeLens Film Festival will be celebrating its 10th annual festival August 21-25, 2019. BLFF was created to promote Georgia as the new film mecca for people of color. Georgia now ranks third nationally when it comes to film and television production generating over $6 billion dollars to the state’s economy on an annual basis. There is a vibrant production community here, from studio films to indies.

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, HBO, OWN, Turner 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 2.5% of among more than 4,000 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 2019 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. 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 2017 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 15, 2019.

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, 2019. 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
  • Avery O Williams

    This festival has come a long way since its infancy. It is growing to be a MAJOR fest that all filmmakers and buyers need to take notice of. Specific kudos to the way they displayed shorts this past year--such a great improvement--and to the festival organizers. Their Women in Film Luncheon is gem in the fest.

    June 2019
  • Ashley Brim

    A well-programed festival with fantastic workshops and events. It was such an honor to be one of three shorts nominated for Best Short at BronzeLens. Thank you so much for including us in the Shorts All Day program!

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Ashley! We're so happy that you enjoyed BronzeLens. "An Act of Terror" was well done! Please keep us posted on your future endeavors.

  • L B

    Our film 'The Mayor's Race' won Best Documentary. Thank you a lot. Unfortunately I couldn't attend but communication was very great.

    September 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Patti Gill

    It was a top-notch experience!!! Best experience I've had at a festival thus far. This festival truly cares about the film-maker and getting you in the room with the people that make the decisions.

    September 2018
  • Gilda Ann Brasch

    This fest exceeded our expectations in every way. It was vibrant, warm and welcoming. The festival administrators have a dedication to supporting independent filmmakers, evidenced through all the special networking events they so thoughtfully arranged. Plus, the gala show was top notch, professionally produced with music, comedy, and gorgeous crystal awards. Volunteers were great, too. Thank you Bronze Lens for the experience to screen with you!

    September 2018