As the founder and director of Miami's Borscht Corp, in the last five years Lucas Leyva "legitimized the once-absurd premise of filmmaking in Miami," "spurring a filmmaking boom in South Florida" by developing and overseeing the creation of dozens of short films that had an unprecedented run of success- screening at over 200 festivals worldwide (including five years in a row at Sundance), museums like the Guggenheim and MoMA, millions of online views, and dozens of jury and audience awards while simultaneously building "the weirdest film festival on the planet" and "Miami's best film festival" from the ground up, "reinventing of the concept of the film festival" becoming a "hometown hero" and one of the "25 new faces of independent film" in the process. In short, he "redefined cinema in Miami" and "the world is taking notice," with IndieWire even wondering if "the next great hope of American film is in Florida." In 2014 he accepted the South Florida Film Critic's Circle's Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to film in Florida via "fresh, vital...tireless championing of independent filmmaking." In 2015, LACMA, CERN and IFP will all host Borscht Retrospectives.
As a writer/director, his work has been seen in dozens of festivals, museum exhibitions, and called “idea-rich, imaginatively executed and drawing international acclaim,” "visionary and bold" and "a freaky force to be reckoned with." Selected honors include "20 Influencers Under 40," "Top 100 Creatives in Miami," Mastermind "Genius" Grant, Cultural Consortium’s Visual and Media Artists Fellowship, Creative Capital Grant, and the New Frontier Story Lab Fellowship at the Sundance Institute. He is currently developing episodic content with MTV and Time Warner.