2018 Film Submissions

Filmfreeway:  SUMBIT YOUR FILM 

BronzeLens Film Festival will be celebrating its 9th annual festival August 22-26, 2018. 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 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.

FINAL CUTS ONLY – not works in progress.

Filmfreeway:  SUMBIT YOUR FILM 

Screening – 2/21: GIANTS FALL

BronzeLens is pleased to join AIDS Healthcare Foundation & Silence The Shame on Wednesday, February 21st for a special screening of #GiantsTheSeries at The Auburn Research Library.

Giants is a coming of adulthood digital drama series that follows three black millennials, each battling their own inner giants as they approach the age 30.  Following the screening will be a discussion on minorities and mental health in America! Panelists include: Shanti Das, James Bland, Keri Hilson & more!

6:00pm – 7:00pm | Reception hosted by BronzeLens & Aids Healthcare Foundation

7:00pm | Screening

8:30pm | Post Screening Talkback

Event is Free, Registration Required:  TICKETS


Screening 2/28 – ZARAFA


Saturday, February 24, 2018
Auburn Avenue Research Library

Synopsis:  In collaboration with DiasporaU and The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a community film screening of the family film, Zarafa.

Inspired by a historical giraffe known today as Zarafa, this film tells the story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a ten-year-old orphaned Sudanese boy who has been sold into slavery, and an orphaned giraffe.


Screening 9/25 – TEACH US ALL

Join us for the screening of Teach Us All on Monday, September 25, 7p at the Rockefeller Fine Arts Building, Baldwin Burroughs Theatre at Spelman College


TEACH US ALL | Synopsis
Through case studies in Little Rock, New York City and Los Angeles, TEACH US ALL examines one of the most urgent civil rights issues of our time; a quality education for all children. TEACH US ALL chronicles the landmark 1957 “Little Rock Crisis” were a group of African-American students known as the Little Rock Nine courageously attempted to defy the notion that skin color should determine educational access by integrating an all-white southern high school to the present day disparities in access and inequalities in education that are culminating into a re-segregation of schools across the nation.

TEACH US ALL seeks to bring the critical lessons of history to bear on the current state of U.S. education system and investigate: 60 years later, how far have we come – or not come – and where do we go from here?


2017 BronzeLens Award Winners

Best Short
Burning Angel Dust, (USA) directed by Jackie J. Stone won for Best Short film.
Synopsis: A Nigerian immigrant struggles to adapt to American life while preserving cultural customs for her westernized children. Mimi’s 10-year-old daughter Violet is excited about her coming of age celebration, but it turns out to be far more life-altering than she could ever imagine. There’s a price to keep traditions alive.  Due to the BronzeLens designation this film is eligible to apply as an Academy Award Qualifying Short.
Cast:  Anna Sophia Hester, Carla Marie, Patricia Newman

Best Documentary
Little Music Manchild (USA) directed by Malena Cunningham Anderson.  Cunningham Anderson will receive a Movie Magic package for the win provided by Entertainment Partners.
Synopsis:  Malik Kofi is a budding child prodigy whose talents touch the lives of everyone who meets him. This 11-year-old African American prodigy has astounding gifts and the world is taking notice.
Cast:  Malik Kofi

Best Documentary Short
Ashley Ashley (USA) directed by Ted Sananman.
Synopsis:  Ashley Ashley is a documentary short about siblings, competitive spirit, drive and the ability to succeed in America. Motivated by an unorthodox and accomplished father, Maurice and Alicia Ashley channel their passion, talent and competitive fire into a path out of the drug violence of 1980s Brownsville, Brooklyn. The documentary explores their paths to remarkable success in professional boxing and chess.
Cast:  Maurice and Alicia Ashley

Best Student Film
The Homecoming directed by Paulina Bugembe.
Synopsis:  Andy heads home to Milwaukee to plan a homecoming party for her estranged brother who is getting out of prison. As the day of his release arrives, she struggles to bring the family together to welcome him home and repair what was broken when he was sent away
Cast:  Kira Powell, Henderson Wade

Best Feature
Created Equal (USA), directed by Bill Duke. Duke will receive a Movie Magic package for the win provided by Entertainment Partners.
Synopsis:  Desperate to become a priest in the Catholic Church, Alejandra Batista turns to Thomas Reilly, a successful lawyer who files suit against the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination without justifiable cause. As the trial unfolds, an extremist concocts a plot to stop the heresy against the church by attacking Alejandra and threatening to kill her if she doesn’t back off.
Cast:  Aaron Tveit, Edy Ganem, Lou Diamond Phillips, GregAlan Williams and Yohance Myles

Best International Documentary
Journey of a Soca King, (Trinidad & Tobago, USA) directed by Bart Phillips,
Synopsis:  With a lifelong mission to put soca music on the international map, Machel Montano has pioneered the evolution of the genre throughout his 34-year career. Journey of a Soca King chronicles his rise from a child star competing on Star Search, to his reign as a Soca Monarch collaborating with Grammy Award winning songwriters and producers such as Angela Hunte and Diplo.
Cast:  Machel Montano

Best Music Video
Broken Pieces, (USA) directed by Lem Collins.
Synopsis:  Broken Pieces is written and performed by major recording artist Lil Zane. It touches on the issues of police brutality and other broken pieces of our society.
Cast:  Lil Zane

Best Webisode
Brooklyn.Blue.Sky, (USA) directed by Rhavynn Drummer and Dui Jarrod.
Synopsis:  “Brooklyn. Blue. Sky.” is an 8-episode web series about two distant exes, Skylar and Blue, who reluctantly decide to come together to create a script for a ‘Netflix and Chill’ TV Pilot competition. Before they submit, they have to untie the binds that held them captive to their youthful love.
Cast:  Michael Oloyede, Nicolette Ellis, Jenelle Valle

Best of Festival | Best International Short
The Suit, (South Africa) directed by Jarryd Coetsee.
Synopsis:  In 1950s Sophiatown, South Africa, shortly before the apartheid regime forcibly removed the township’s Black residents to make way for White resettlement, Philemon discovers his wife Matilda in bed with a young man. The young man flees, leaving behind his suit. Philemon devises a cruel punishment by forcing his wife to treat her lover’s suit as if it were a person. She must serve it meals, take it for walks around the neighborhood, even to church. Despite Matilda’s attempts to please her husband, she faces a dwindling number of choices and Philemon’s unrelenting punishment will ultimately have tragic consequences for both of them.
Cast:  Atandwa Kani, Phuthi Nakene, John Kani

2017 BronzeLens Audience Award
Spilled Milk (USA) directed by Jaqai Mickelsen.
Synopsis:  Spilled Milk is the story of two lifelong friends. One suffers from Sickle Cell an often stigmatized and excruciatingly painful disorder that mostly affects African Americans.

Best Actress
Elle Jae Stewart for JUNIOR (USA) directed by Pearl Gluck.
Synopsis:  A mother struggles with a new normal after her son is shot by an off-duty police officer.
Cast:  Elle Jae Stewart, Juliandra Durkin, Wilna Taylor

Best Actor
Kendre Berry for Trouble Man directed by Jackson Young
Synopsis:  A high school senior living in a Dallas suburb falls into a downward spiral that may prevent him from reaching his dreams of getting into college.
Cast:  Armani Barrett, Kendre Berry, Donald Wayne Brown Jr.

2017 BronzeLens Founder’s Award – Brenda Mills, Florida State University Festivals Coordinator and Industry Liaison

2017 BronzeLens Chairman’s Award – Heritage Cadillac

2017 BronzeLens Spirit Award – Crystal Emery, writer, director, producer

Filmmakers prepare for BronzeLens Film Festival

Filmmakers prepare for BronzeLens Film Festival

People 2 People August 14, 2017


Brunch with The Brothers!

Back by popular demand, BronzeLens presents Brunch with the Brothers at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel on Sunday, August 26, 2017. The morning features an insightful and revealing conversation between legendary stage and screen actors E. Roger Mitchell (‘The Quad’), and Omar Dorsey (‘Queen Sugar’). Their paths to success have not been without challenges, some of them unique to men of color. They will share their perspectives on progressing while the industry face changes.

Join us as they share the lessons from their journeys. There will be hot coffee, delicious breakfast treats, and hot conversation.