---Recently recognized as one of the TOP 50 FILM FESTIVALS WORTH THE ENTRY FEE IN 2022 by MovieMaker Magazine (presented and recognized by FilmFreeway)---

The Micheaux Film Festival - is a multicultural and BIPOC film festival that showcases diverse representation and gender/identity parity. Our organization seeks to cultivate a dynamic community that gives artists an honest space to share their unique stories. We are a platform in living color; inclusive, intersectional, and disruptive.

By offering a cutting-edge and fresh take on the traditional festival experience, we aim to bring independent creatives together with future collaborators in the television, film, and digital sectors.

No matter the genre or medium, we pride ourselves on being an entertainment and media sanctuary where all are welcomed, seen and celebrated.

Our mission and vision is simple:
Discovery > Celebrity.
Lead with help.
Elevate with value.
And close the knowledge gap between indie and industry.

The festival is aptly named after OSCAR MICHEAUX, a pioneer independent 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.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion lies beyond a buzzword. While diversity refers to the traits that make people unique, inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome. Our main focus is to curate an environment where all feel part of a community, and can 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.

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, work with major studios/networks, & more.

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.


Our Promise:
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 may receive a notification of official selection or finalist status by May 16th. Submissions received during the Extended Late Deadline, as well as ALL submissions will receive a final notification of OFFICIAL SELECTION or NOT SELECTED by the end of day 11:59pm PDT on June 3rd, 2022.

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
- Panavision
- The Emma Bowen Foundation
- Black Radiance
- Ya Momz House
- LeadersUp
- 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 Action/Suspense
Outstanding Horror/Thriller
Outstanding Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Outstanding Short Documentary
Outstanding Feature Documentary
Outstanding Special Programming
Outstanding Editing
Outstanding Performance Piece
Outstanding Music
Outstanding VFX
Outstanding Cinematography
Outstanding Podcast, Digital Talk, or Vlog
Outstanding International Feature
Outstanding International Short
Outstanding Dramatic Short
Outstanding Comedic Short
Outstanding Animated Short
Outstanding Dramatic Actress (short form)
Outstanding Comedic Actress (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
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. We do ask that any public viewing or free streaming access online of your project be taken down from moment of official selection & acceptance through the entire duration of festival (regardless if screening virtually and/or in-person) until the closing night of festival on July 17th.

[] 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jennifer Zhang

    I am in absolute AWE over this festival. Hands down, the most glamorous, communicative, professional festival I have ever attended. Founders Noel and Courtney lead a team that is passionate about celebrating BIPOC filmmakers and it shows in a big way. The panels, the virtual platform, the awards ceremony, and the red (gold) carpet set up were all star-studded and STUNNING. The nominees and winners were treated like A-listers and got mentions in "Deadline" as part of the festival's press! AMAZING. If you're a filmmaker with a brave message -- especially one that you need help getting out to a wide audience -- I cannot imagine there is a better, bolder, more receptive festival than the Micheaux Film Festival to give you that recognition and signal boost. Easily one of the best experiences of my life. I'm telling everybody!

    July 2022
  • Ebony Blanding

    Such great communication from the festival at all times! The intention put into curation is one for the books!

    July 2022
  • The Mason Ring

    Thank you so much The Micheaux Film Festival for playing The Mason Ring! Congratulations on another successful festival! Till next time.

    August 2022
  • Nick Brokaw

    This is an incredible festival! Kuddos and gratitude for the founders, staff, volunteers and overall mission of this important movement!

    August 2022
  • Mike Spears

    The Micheaux Film Festival is top-notch. Communication is the best I've experienced thus far. As a first-time director, I was happy to be included in the virtual screening. To be awarded was indeed a great honor! Thank YOU again! I was only able to attend virtually but still felt included. Thanks to all the other filmmakers who found and reached out to me, I greatly appreciate the words and encouragement. The amount of great content that was available on the virtual platform was jaw-dropping. Tanner Medding did amazing programming. It's genuinely inspiring to be amongst a class of great minds and talents. I'm definitely looking forward to submitting my future work for The Micheaux Film Festival!

    July 2022