It’s the 10th year celebration for Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival, and the city was packed with aspiring and established movie-makers from all over the world. The BLFF has evolved over the years to become one of the nation’s preeminent and inclusive venues for filmmakers – a place where they can showcase their productions, as well as connect with others who are just beginning their journeys in cinema.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke at the Women Superstars Luncheon, where she presented a Phoenix Award to Kathleen Bertrand for her contributions to the city’s burgeoning film industry.

I spoke with British director Corine Dhondee, whose short film “Bradford Young: Cinema Is The Weapon,” was being shown at the festival. She also took part in a question and answer session that allowed participants to learn more about the creative process and the financial hurdles that often emerge with a film project.