The Micheaux Film Festival is a multicultural film festival that showcases and celebrates diverse representation in the entertainment landscape, while cultivating a community that gives artists an opportunity to tell their unique stories. With a cutting-edge and fresh take on the festival experience, we bring independent creatives together and curate an environment for artists to build relationships with future collaborators in the television, film, and digital space.

The festival is aptly named after Oscar Micheaux, a pioneer filmmaker described as the most successful African-American filmmakers of the first half of the 20th century. His legacy lives on through his writing, directing, producing, and distribution of over 44 feature films during his lifetime.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion lies beyond a buzzword. Diversity refers to the traits that make people unique, while inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome. Our main focus is to curate an environment where all feel welcomed, part of a community, and able to identify with the stories they see play out on screen. We invite all aspects of individualism and uniqueness including: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, military service, or other non-merit factor.

As members of the BIPOC community, we understand the importance of representation, especially in media and entertainment. Our main focus is to curate an environment where all feel welcomed, part of a community, and able to identify with the stories they see play out on screen and behind the scenes.

In our 2020 season, we received over 120 submissions and showcased over 60 projects of diverse up-and-coming and award-winning directors, writers, producers, and actors. The festival brought out more than 700 guests throughout the event weekend to the world-renowned Regal Cinemas LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center, one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the nation.

In addition to the screening content, filmmakers and attendees had access to networking mixers, Q&A panels, and several Master Class workshops: Writing for Film (sponsored by Final Draft) Cinematography (sponsored by Panavision), Editing / Post Production, Raising Capital (sponsored by Seed & Spark) and Marketing and Distribution. To conclude the weekend, at our awards ceremony, we awarded outstanding projects that screened at the festival, and featured two special honorees: Christina Cooper (South Central Love on BET Her) and Deon & Roxanne Taylor of Hidden Empire Film Group (Black and Blue, The Intruder, Traffik).

For the third year in a row, we're honoring two established industry professionals with the Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award and the Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award. These awards go to creators who embody independence while operating within and outside of mainstream Hollywood, creating their own path, while simultaneously opening the door for others.

We are also excited to continue growing and expanding, accepting feature length films and documentaries, as well as shorts of all genres. We are expanding on our networking mixers, implementing a designated happy hour, as well as introducing more Master Classes and fireside chats throughout the festival weekend.

"Outstanding" category winners will be determined by a jury of industry professionals.

***SUBMIT FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SCREEN AT OUR 2021 FESTIVAL***

Jury awards are given for the following categories:
Outstanding Drama
Outstanding Actor
Outstanding Actress
Outstanding Director
Outstanding Writing
Outstanding Cinematography
Outstanding Editing
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Comedy
Outstanding Documentary
Outstanding Sci Fi
Outstanding Student Film
Outstanding Action or Thriller
Outstanding Digital Series
Outstanding Short Film
Outstanding Feature Film
Outstanding Music Video
Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award
Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award

[] For the purposes of our festival, short films can be max. 25 minutes.

[] Filmmakers are responsible for sorting out the copyright on their own materials. All films and projects submitted must be free from any legal disputes.

[] By submitting to us, you give us the right to screen your film in front of a live audience.

[] We may promote clips from your film on social media, based on the content you provide us with.

[] We retain the right to change the date and venue of the festival under special circumstances. All filmmakers will be informed about any changes via email.

[] We place no restrictions on your work in terms of premiere status or whether your work has been made available online.

[] Any technical issues with the submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmaker.

[] We cannot provide refunds.

[] By submitting to us you agree to our terms and conditions.

[] We reserve the right to update our terms and conditions.

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  • Taylor Gates

    This is truly one of the best festivals I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending! The team went out of their way to make each filmmaker feel at home and offer a warm, wonderful experience. The networking was excellent—I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting so many other kind and talented up-and-coming filmmakers at a festival before. From the amazing marketing and promotion to the educational workshops and panels, this is a festival that genuinely cares about helping their filmmakers grow and shine. I feel so honored to have been a part of it this year, and I can’t wait to go back again and again to see (and hopefully screen!) future projects!

    August 2020
  • GG Hawkins

    It was truly a pleasure working with this supportive and inclusive team. They were great communicators throughout the process and are building a festival driven by passion and great filmmaking. I think this is just the beginning for Micheaux, and can't wait to see how they grow!

    August 2020
  • Diane Robin

    Noel Braham produced a fabulous festival!

    August 2020
  • Joseph Picozzi

    Honored to be a part of last year's festival. Wasn't able to attend, but the staff was really friendly, organized and communicative. Heard great things from the event!

    August 2020
  • Emilie Blythe McDonald

    A fest with a very meaningful mission that we were honored to be a part of. The communication was great, we only wish we could have attended as it is clear it is a very special festival.

    July 2020