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Atlanta has quickly become known as the south’s version of Hollywood. With all of the talent forming and shows and films being filmed here, the former reigns true. In fact, some of your favorite films and shows have been or are currently being shot here.

With all of the talent at the fingertips of the city, it’s no wonder that Atlanta sees many film festivals and summits throughout the year. Following the success of November’s opening film event, the Atlanta Pitch Summit, the BronzeLens Film Festival made its annual appearance for aspiring and current industry members alike.

The BronzeLens Film Festival. which was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis from November 6-10, 2013, was filled with film lovers, actors and film makers from all over looking to connect and receive advice fro known industry members. The epic five day event hosted a mix of panels, workshops and film screenings from up-and-coming film makers as well as an early screening of the Universal Pictures film, The Best Man Holiday.

Panelists at the event included Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Flims, Tina Thompson of ASPIRE TV, visionary producer Ruben Cannon, writer of the book turned film Baggage Claim David Talbert and his wife Lyn Talbert, Angie Bones of Bobbcat Films, Unit Production Manager Jim Tripp, Paul Hall, Jeff Clanagan and many more.

A highlight of the event was Saturday’s BET sponsored event, “Ruben Cannon and the Producer’s Roundtable”. The event, which was an open panel Q&A, began by having each producer answer the question of what they have learned throughout their time in the industry. Followed by interesting questions from the audience, the near 2 hour panel was well worth the sit in. Another notable workshop from the event was the “Art of the Pitch” session that included Roger Bobb as one of the panelists and Scott Thigpen as the Moderator.

Overall, the event was one to be remembered. If you weren’t able to attend the jam packed informational session, check out the winners and catch a few of the pictures below:

Best Feature: The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska
Best Short Film: Junior, directed by Jeffrel Elmont
Best International Feature: GrisGris, directed by Mahamat- Saleh Haroun
Best International Documentary: Small Small Thing, directed by Jessica Vale
Best Webseries: Mommy Uncensored: Confessions of a Real Mom, directed by Justin Jordan
Best Documentary: In Search of the Black Knight, directed by Tamarat Makonnen
Best Actress: Jenifer Lewis in The Magic City
Best Actor: Jamie Hector in The Magic City
Best Overall: The Retrieval, directed by Chris Eska
BronzeLens Film Advocate Award: Tirrell Whittley, LIQUID SOUL

Photos: Mike Simms, Shunkedra Zachery