2018 Film Submissions

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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.

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation in partnership with the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Spelman College Women’s Research and Resource Center, Afrekete and BronzeLens Film Festival present,


Nearly half of Americans with HIV live in the South.  A Southern grandmother struggles to help her loved ones through the scourge of HIV – but she may be unable to save the one she loves the most.  WILHEMINA’S WAR is a personal narrative that tells the story of one family’s struggle with HIV over the course of five years. Despite facing institutional and personal obstacles every step of the way, 62-year-old Wilhemina Dixon works tirelessly to combat the stigma and care for her daughter and granddaughter, both HIV-positive.

Watch Film Trailer: http://www.wmm.com/advscripts/wmmvideo.aspx?pid=333

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Filmmakers, we look forward to receiving your submission for 2016 BronzeLens Film Festival. We are already on a record pace to exceed submissions of previous years.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. Top honors will be awarded in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Short, Best International, Best Webisode, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Actor in a Feature, Best Actress in a Feature, and the Audience Award.

ARRAY Announces Haile Gerima’s “Ashes and Embers” on Netflix

ARRAY is proud to announce the national revival screening tour of filmmaker Haile Gerima’s Ashes and Embers, which was the winner of the FIPRESSCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 1983. The film is also available for viewing on Netflix. The film was restored and began its distribution last month through a new initiative known as Array Classics. Ashes and Embers tells the story of an African-American Vietnam vet wrestling with a turbulent past and a chaotic political climate to make a future for himself.

Ashes and Embers marks the first film that will tour across the United States under the Array Classics banner, which identifies seldom-seen cinematic gems and introduces those works to new audiences.

Array Releasing (www.ArrayNow.com) is an LA-based film collective dedicated to the amplification of images by people of color and women. Founded as AFFRM in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY’s partner organizations include BronzeLens Film Festival (Atlanta) as well as  Urbanworld (NYC), Imagenation (NYC), Reelblack (Philadelphia), and DVA (Los Angeles).



SAVE THE DATE on your calendars – BronzeLens is moving to August!  

Get ready for great films, workshops, and fun in the summertime in the ATL!

The countdown begins






BronzeLens 2015 Film Submission Deadline – May 30

 $5,000 Cash Prize to be Awarded to Winning Short

Calls for Entries remain open for submission to the 2015 BronzeLens Film Festival in all categories:

  • Feature Film (narrative fiction): (40 minutes +)
  • Short Film (1-39 minutes)
  • Documentary: (30 minutes +)
  • Short Documentary: (1-29 minutes)
  • Webisode (two in a series; each not to exceed 15:00)
  • Best Student Film
  • Best Actress in a Feature /Best Actor in a Feature

Don’t forget, the winning short film will receive a $5000 cash prize from BET Networks! The official deadline for film submissions is May 30 and late submissions must be received June 30, 2015.

Please go here for full details on how to submit your film. All procedures and rules, fees and eligibility information will be outlined for you. All fees, completed application and uploaded film must be received no later than 11:59 pm to be considered.

Bessie Premiered on HBO

Hope you were able to catch the premiere of long-time BLFF Sponsor HBO Films’ Bessie last Saturday, May 16 at 8PM. Queen Latifah starred as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in this HBO Films presentation, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees. The film focused on legendary blues singer Bessie Smith and her transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today.

Bessie, which was filmed in Atlanta, also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone, and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces.

If you missed it, please check your local listings for another air date.

WIFTA May Event

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, join WIFTA as they offer you the opportunity to visit The Goat Farm Art Center. Learn what it has to offer to the film industry and find out about its history, such as being the home to several film and television productions.

Tour the facilities and learn how decisions were made to shoot some of the most popular films in Atlanta and they’ll also take a look at the artisan’s studios. See the artists in their element of fashion design, photography, set and home design which will prove to be a great resource for film makers.

The tour will end in the Green Room for a soon to be released Hollywood film. In the Green Room they’ll view a movie that was shot at the farm to see how this precious landmark plays out on the big screen. You’ll view the film while enjoying a farmer’s tasting table paired with Mason jars of cold beverages. For more information, click here. Programs are free for WIFTA Members. Click here for more information.

2015 Caribbean Film Festival Saturday, June 6

The Caribbean Film Festival is held each June at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library (Central Library downtown) in celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month. Learn about Caribbean culture through the films of the Caribbean region. Enjoy thought provoking discussions about the region and the films screened, and meet and network with others who share similar interests. The Central Library is located at One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303. For additional information, please call 404-730-1808, or visit www.afpls.org. All programs are free and open to the public.

AFFRM + Array Releasing 2015 Rebel Membership Launch

The African-American Film Festival Releasing Movement (AFFRM) announced last week the launch of their second annual membership drive to continue its mission of furthering and fostering the work of diverse filmmakers and cultivating audiences for that work. Since 2011, AFFRM’s Array Releasing has distributed eight feature films by underrepresented filmmakers in theaters and on digital platforms. Click on the “Together We Are Strong” icon to  the right to view the AFFRM Rebel Membership Drive video.

The 30-day membership drive to help sustain those efforts begins May 4 through June 5, with perks and incentives for new and returning members. The announcement was made by AFFRM Founder and SELMA director, Ava DuVernay. AFFRM’s Rebel membership benefits for 2014 included:

  • THE CALL-IN: curated filmmaker conversations with Tim Story, Gina Prince Bythewood and Justin Simien
  • INVITATION-ONLY GOOGLE HANGOUTS with industry experts
  • AFFRM REBEL SWAG, including keychain, memo pad, wristband and more
  • SPECIAL SCREENING ACCESS to films and live events in major cities

“We are asking past and new members to add their names to the credits of a movement by becoming 2015 AFFRM Rebels. Our Rebel membership allows film artists and advocates to not just speak about the need for change in the film industry but take an active role in creating artistic diversity. ” explained ARRAY’s Managing Director Tilane Jones.

To join AFFRM + ARRAY as a Rebel member, interested individuals and companies can go here.