BronzeLens Film Festival 2017 Call for Entries Now Open8th Annual Festival will take Place August 23-27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia

November 15, 2016

8th Annual Festival will take Place August 23-27, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia

For Immediate Release:

(Atlanta)— November 15, 2016 – Now in its 8TH year, BronzeLens Film Festival (BronzeLens) will return as a summer experience August 16-20, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. “Our official Call for Entries is now open and I am honored that FilmFreeway ranks BronzeLens in the top 2.5% of among more than 4,000 film festivals and creative contests around the world”, said Kathleen Bertrand, BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer.

BronzeLens is seeking film submissions in all categories which include Feature, Shorts, Documentary, International, Webisode, Student, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Music Videos. Prestigious top honors will be given in each category. Filmmakers whose films were shot in Georgia and films produced by Georgians (Georgia residents) receive a reduced entry fee with verification.

“We are looking forward to screening a diverse mix of films directed and produced by passionate filmmakers who will participate in a phenomenal festival experience”, said Deidre McDonald, BronzeLens Artistic Director. “We are taking a hard look at what is most important to filmmakers when they attend high caliber film festivals. Our goal is to grow in a direction that provides opportunities for our participants to engage, interact, make real connections and be rewarded for outstanding filmmaking.”

Since its inception, BronzeLens has provided a platform to showcase the work of some of the world’s most talented independent filmmakers. Ava DuVernay (Queen Sugar, I Will Follow, Middle of Nowhere, SELMA), Abderrahmane Sissako (TIMBUKTU), Issa Rae (Insecure, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), Deborah Riley Draper (Olympic Pride American Prejudice, Versailles’73), Nefertiti Nguvu (In The Morning), Russ Parr (Ringside, 35 and Ticking, Hear No Evil), S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf (The Contradictions of Fair Hope), Chris Eska (The Retrieval), Mahmet-Saleh Haroun (Bye Bye Africa, Grisgris, Screaming Man), are among distinguished BLFF alumni.

Deadline for Film Submissions
The official deadlines for 2017 film submissions are December 31, 2016, for Early Bird, March 31, 2017, for Regular and Late submissions must be received by April 30, 2017. To submit a film to the 2017 BronzeLens Film Festival, please visit for submission procedures and rules, fees and eligibility information.

About the BronzeLens Film Festival
The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia, is a non-profit organization, founded in 2009, that is dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is two-fold: to promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color, and to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. For more information regarding the BronzeLens Film Festival, please visit

2017 BronzeLens Sponsors
Global entertainment and news company, Turner is the Premier Sponsor of the 2017 BronzeLens Film Festival. Additional sponsors include AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film & Entertainment, BET Networks, Delta Air Lines, DeKalb Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission, Georgia-Pacific. Partial funding is provided by the City Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Fulton County Arts and Culture.


Media Contacts:

Terri Vismale-Morris
Director of Public Relations BronzeLens Film Festival