The Micheaux Film Festival is a multicultural film festival that showcases and celebrates diverse representation in the entertainment and media landscape, while cultivating a dynamic community that gives artists an opportunity to tell their unique stories. We are a festival in living color, inclusive, intersectional, and disruptive. We offer a cutting-edge and fresh take on the traditional festival experience, and bring independent creatives together to curate an environment for artists to build sincere relationships with future collaborators in the television, film, media, and digital space.
The festival is aptly named after Oscar Micheaux, a pioneer filmmaker described as one 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.
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.
MFF has been featured in domestic and international press and publications like: Forbes, Black Enterprise, CNN Philippines, Moviemaker Magazine, Deadline, Shadow & Act, Popsugar and NBC and CBS local news. In addition, MFF alumni have gone on to sign with top agencies and management companies, ink deals for their projects that've screened at the festival and work with major studios/networks.
2021 Festival Season:
In our 2021 season, we received an overwhelming amount of submissions, showcasing over 180 projects on our virtual platform and screening 70+ in person projects as the first film festival to safely return to theaters (since the global pandemic shutdown) in California at the historical TCL Chinese Theater.
In addition to the screening content, filmmakers and attendees had access to over 15+ virtual Q&A mixers, and resourceful and informational Master Class workshops: How to Legally Protect Your Ideas in the Industry, How to Finance Your Film (under $5mil), How to Write for Film & TV w/Steve Pink, How to Nail a Successful Pitch, Socially Relevant vs. Socially Responsible Content (sponsored by SONY Pictures Entertainment), How to IMDbPro Like A Pro (sponsored by IMDbPro) - including spotlight and highlight conversations with executives Caleeb Pinkett, Dee Harris-Lawrence and a panel of Casting Directors.
To conclude the weekend, at our awards ceremony, we awarded over 40 outstanding projects that screened at the festival, and featured three special honorees: Legendary actor and filmmaker, Robert Townsend (Oscar Micheaux Pioneer of Excellence Award), Gregori J. Martin (Michael Ajakwe Trailblazer of Influence Award), and Kevin Welbeck (Cesar Chavez Civic Impact 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.
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We pride ourselves on accepting a plethora of diverse projects, and our promise to creators is that every submission is viewed in its entirety by our programming team before a determination is made. We understand how much time, effort and money goes into creating independently, and we want you to know that we honor your commitment to your art.
2022 Submission Updates:
Please make sure to read the requirements thoroughly before submitting your project. If your short film has a runtime longer than 25 minutes, please be sure to submit it in the SHORTS PLUS category. Additionally, as of now, we only accept produced works - no scripts/screenplays.
This year, we will have two notification dates. Those who submit by the late deadline will receive a notification by May 6th. All submissions during the extended late submission period will receive a notification by June 3rd.
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A word from the founders:
When they ask - why are y’all doing this festival? Our response is simple - for you. The storyteller, the filmmaker, the artist; your sacrifice, your pain and your glory. We understand the level of commitment and excellence that was demanded from you in order to complete your project. And we’re fighting on your behalf for that. Your story. Your pain. Your sacrifice. Your greatness... And we will never compromise.
We would like to thank our 2021 sponsors:
- SONY Pictures Entertainment
- The Oprah Winfrey Network
- The Emma Bowen Foundation
- Black Radiance
- Ya Momz House
- Final Draft
- Staff me up
- Film Independent
- Blackbird House
- LRG Charm School
"Outstanding" category winners will be determined by a jury of industry professionals.
Outstanding Music Video
Outstanding Student Project
Outstanding Short Documentary
Outstanding Feature Documentary
Outstanding Special Programming
Outstanding Performance Piece
Outstanding Podcast, Digital Talk, or Vlog
Outstanding International Feature
Outstanding Dramatic Short
Outstanding Comedic Short
Outstanding Animated Short
Outstanding Dramatic Actress (short form)
Outstanding Comedic Actress (short form)
Outstanding Dramatic Actor (short form)
Outstanding Comedic Actor (short form)
Outstanding Actor (Feature)
Outstanding Actress (Feature)
Outstanding Dramatic Writing
Outstanding Comedic Writing
Outstanding Writing (Feature)
Outstanding Directing Comedic Short Form
Outstanding Directing Dramatic Short Form
Outstanding Directing (Feature)
Outstanding Dramatic Digital Series
Outstanding Comedic Digital Series
Outstanding Unscripted Digital Series
Outstanding International Short
Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award
Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award
Cesar Chavez Civil Impact Award
 For the purposes of our festival, traditional short films can have a maximum runtime of 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 previously been made available online.
 Any technical issues with submitted films are 100% the responsibility of the filmmaker. The programming team will reach out if there is concern your film will not pass QC by DCP standards.
 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.