This year marked Atlanta’s 6th Annual Bronze Lens Film Festival. For those perhaps not acquainted with this spectacular event, let me provide you a little run down of what it’s all about.
The Bronze Lens Film Festival (BLFF) originally began as a non-profit in 2009 with a primary goal, “To bring national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color.” The annual event attracts a conglomerate of films fans, film writers, actors and other industry professionals providing the attendees with networking opportunities and panel discussions to educate, empower and develop the next generation of filmmakers. This year, the festivities took place on November 5 – 8th taking place at the lovely Hyatt Regency Hotel seated in Downtown Atlanta. BLFF also held specialized screenings in various venues throughout the city to adequately accommodate all of the films scheduled to showcase throughout the week.
The festival debuted on Thursday with workshops and a kick-off party that evening at Studio No. 7.
As the week progressed, the guests at Bronze Lens had the opportunity to see a range of short films, webisodes, documentaries and international films around the city. There were also a slew of very informative panel discussions offered covering topics such as film production, distribution, film writing, direction, costume design and more. One discussion in particular that I was able to sit in on was The Foray Into Fashion and Film panel discussion facilitated by Veteran Fashion Enthusiast and Founder of Trinity Productions, Theo Tyson. The discussion provided a realistic yet very inspirational point of view from celebrity costume designers sharing about their journey and their insight concerning the industry. Her panel guests included costume stylists/ style directors: Provi Pulp-Ramphal, Queen Sylvia Akuchie, Raiyonda Vereen, Shilla Benning and Makeup Specialist, Patrice Coleman.
One of the key events that everyone ranted about was the highly anticipated Women Super Stars Luncheon sponsored by Macy’s, held in the large Centennial Ballroom. The luncheon honored celebrities Shelby Stone, Terri J. Vaughn, Brely Evans and was facilitated by Suzanne de Passe. Sponsors and partners this year included Delta, BET Networks, The Urban Movie Channel, Publix, Macy’s, The City of Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office, Majic 107.5 and more. The finale of the week’s festivities concluded with a glamorous awards banquet where the nominees for 10 categories were honored and celebrated collectively.
Photos Courtesy of The Bronze Lens Film Festival & Lindsay Abarca Photography