BronzeLens Film Festival will be celebrating its 12th annual festival in 2021.

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 categories:

- Best Feature
- Best Short: BronzeLens Film Festival has been approved as an​ Academy Awards®​​ qualifying festival for the Short Film Category.
- Best Webisode
- Best Documentary
- Best Short Documentary
- Best Reel South Short Documentary
- Best Student Film
- Best Music and Dance Video
- Best Actor in a Feature
- Best Actress in a Feature
- Audience Award determined by online 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 2021 Festival. We are seeking films by or about people of color that explore the trials and triumphs of life using the moving image. This is a necessary step towards inclusion for many who have not had their stories told. It is an integral part of our mission to expand who and what
is seen.

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. This is mandatory for consideration. Works in progress are not allowed.

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 2019 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 August 8, 2021.

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, 2021. 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 July 5, 2021, 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 and Dance Video (must be an original song, not a cover and not to exceed 10:00)
- 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
  • Farnaz Ohadi

    One of the most inspiring and rewarding experiences - the staff were supportive, excellent at communication and attentive to all my questions. The award show itself, despite the complications due to COVID-19 was organized online and even when it was the first time for them, everything was organized and very well planned out. A pleasure and honor to have been nominated and to win. <3

    September 2020
  • I was elated to find out our film made it to BronzeLens Film Festival. Although this year set precedence of how festivals operate, but I was thoroughly impressed at the organization, presentation and correspondence of the BLFF staff.

    This being my first year as a filmmaker, truly has me looking forward to submitting again!

    September 2020
  • victorybonds1 None

    The 2020 BLFF was terrific, despite the virus. THe staff did a great job creating a well-connected virtual event. I was thrilled that my film got a final nomination. It has really motivated me.

    August 2020
  • Thomas Goggans

    Kudos to the Bronzelens team for choosing to move this year’s festival online instead of canceling it. All I can say is that they “virtually” pulled it off with FIVE STARS and I was proud to be a part of it. Everything they did concerning this year's festival was in EXCELLENCE and nothing was lost. If you are ever lucky enough to have your short, feature, documentary or web series selected for the Bronzelens Film Festival they will make you and your film feel like royalty. I worked mostly with Chioma Bertrand (Filmmaker Liaison) and she was so amazing. She was accessible, supportive, and she kept me up to date with all of the BL festivities. I’m also going to give the BronzeLens team five stars for networking because they went out of their way to arrange online mixers and networking sessions so the filmmakers could have an opportunity to connect and talk to each other. This was so cool because the caliber of films and filmmakers who attended the festival this year were EPIC. A big Congrats to Kathleen Bertrand and the Bronzelens team for successfully putting together a beautiful celebration with several top-notch films and some amazing guest speakers..

    August 2020
  • L Zipoy

    The BronzeLens Film Festival was a dream to be part of. Wonderful films, welcoming team, and plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle(even in our virtual, socially distanced world). It felt like we were part of something very, very special. Thank you to Ms. Kathleen, Chioma, Nuelita, Rhea and everyone else for a festival we will never forget.

    August 2020
    Response from festival:

    Lanie - thanks so much. This means so much to us, especially since we were virtual for the very first time. We were hopeful that the experience would still be meaningful, even if we could not be in the same space. Best wishes for continued success. KB