The BronzeLens Film Festival will return later this summer for its 10th year, and organizers kicked it off by announcing the 90 movies that will be screened in the event during a June 20 ceremony at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.
The festival will take place Aug. 21 through 25 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel and other venues throughout the city. Award-winning actors Terri J. Vaughn and Keith David hosted BronzeLens’ official film selections announcement on Facebook Live, revealing a diverse slate of national and international filmmakers originating from eleven countries, representing almost 100 projects.
Filmed in six continents and covering nine languages, the trove of entries received this year encompass documentaries, feature films, shorts, music videos, student productions and web series, presenting comedy, drama, real-life stories, exploring love, family, social issues and more.
Founded in 2009, the festival is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is to not only promote Atlanta as the new film mecca for people of color, but also to showcase films and provide networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers.
Creating narrative content on multiple platforms, the BronzeLens official film selections join the rest of the festival’s signature events, panels, workshops and nightlife programming, including the opening- and closing-night screenings, BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon, BronzeLens Awards Show and Sunday Brunch with the Brothers.
Welcoming acclaimed filmmakers, actors, and industry talent, the festival will include comedian/actor/writer Rodney Perry, art director/production designer Korey Michael Washington, actress/coach Christine Horn and more talent and film titles to be announced.
The festival has become one of the nation’s premier film festivals supporting independent films, filmmakers and industry professionals of color.
Over the years, BronzeLens has hosted and honored high-caliber and rising talent including filmmakers/producers Ava DuVernay, Roger Bobb, Will Packer, Rob Hardy, Suzanne de Passe, film and television executives Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Connie Orlando, actors Queen Latifah, Lynn Whitfield, Margaret Avery, Issa Rae, Lamman Rucker and the aforementioned David. The festival has been designated an Academy Awards qualifying festival in the shorts categories.
BronzeLens will also hold a special screening event June 29 of the documentary “Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen,” about pioneering indigenous filmmaker and activist Merata Mita. The screening will be held at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta, and the movie has been acquired by Array, the film network founded by Ava DuVernay featuring independent work by people of color and women.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://bronzelens.com.