September 30, 2014
BronzeLens Film Festival Celebrates 5 Years as Business Catalyst
Film Festival Continues to Champion Atlanta as Mecca for Film and Television Production in the South
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The Fifth Annual BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF) will take place October 22-26, 2014. Over the course of five days festival producers will bring together film lovers, actors and filmmakers to gather in culture-and-heritage-rich Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis to share a creative platform of education, entertainment and empowerment discussions related to film, as well as television and the production of both.
The BronzeLens Film Festival will feature screenings in multiple venues, as well as informative panels and enlightening master classes led by top names in film, direction and production.
“When we started the BronzeLens Film Festival, five years ago, we never expected the exponential growth of the film industry in bringing business to Atlanta. We have seen the investment in Georgia grow more than 400 percent from $1.15 billion to 5.1 billion since the inception of BLFF. This translates into jobs and business opportunities in metro Atlanta, and a better quality of life for our community”, said Kathleen Bertrand, Senior Vice President, Community and Governmental Affairs, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and BLFF executive producer. “The film industry is a powerful driver in our local economy,” Bertrand continued. “We know that for every person in Georgia directly employed in the motion picture and television industry; there are at least two more people who will have job opportunities because they support the industry, whether they are in technology, real estate, lodging, food service or some other sector of our economy.”
According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development Division of the State of Georgia more than 700 film and television projects have been shot in Georgia. Figures from Fiscal Year 2014 show the following:
- Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions created $5.1billion in economic impact
- The 158 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia during Fiscal Year 2014, spent $1.4 billion
- The motion picture and television industry supported more than 77,900 jobs and generated $3.8 billion in wages
The state of Georgia boasts one of the deepest and most experienced crew bases in the country, with more than 5,000 union and non-union professionals. Another 1000 production suppliers and support vendors also make their home here, from lighting and grip to film and HD camera rental houses, sound stages, post production facilities, film labs, video game development studios, sound design and recording studios, and much more. Georgia also has an extensive network of tremendously talented actors and casting agencies. (more) People of color are under-represented among the production companies, independent producers, film and television projects, television networks and Hollywood studios within the film and television industry. National figures reflect an even smaller percentage of participation from people of color among the ranks of senior management and ownership.
Bertrand further asserts, “An event like the BronzeLens Film Festival can play a pivotal role by providing access to decision makers within an industry that spends billions of dollars annually in Georgia.”
About the BronzeLens Film Festival
Founded in 2009, the BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta, Georgia is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color. Its mission is twofold: 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. Since its inception the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States.