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 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. 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. 50 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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  • Meredith Thomas

    Programmers Noel and Courtney pulled off an amazing feat with such grace and professionalism. It was an honor to present "Disconnected" at this important festival especially given it was the first festival back LIVE in Los Angeles post-pandemic. thank you for a wonderful experience .

    June 2021
  • Outstanding experience. They really did a great job blending the online and in-person screenings. Director Q&As on the clubhouse app ran very smooth. Definitely recommend this festival.

    June 2021
  • The #BLAIRISMS

    This was an incredible experience all the way around! Shoutout to the team at the Micheaux Film Festival for all their hard work making history in pandemic! We were honored to be included and nominated and win and award! Looking forward to this festival next year for sure!!

    June 2021
  • Okema T. Moore

    Micheaux Film Festival is one of the top indie fests in the game. Constant and CLEAR communication, high-level classes and installations that get you the intel and industry info that will progress you and just a great energy that makes you feel like family. I'm so so proud of this team and even more proud to say I am in the family! xo

    May 2021
  • My experience at Micheaux Film Festival was first-rate. Communication was prompt, clear, and detailed. Laurels and marketing graphics were provided along each step of the way, Clubhouse sessions provided opportunities for filmmakers to connect, the virtual platform used to showcase films was exceptional, and I was incredibly impressed with the festival’s ability to transition from an all online festival to an in-person event during the closing weekend, becoming the first live film festival in Los Angeles since the Covid-19 lockdown began over a year earlier.

    Moreover, the live awards ceremony was a star studded affair, honoring legendary filmmaker Robert Townsend, all category winners received a prestigious trophy (no lame certificates), and the winning feature film and short film earned substantial film grants from Panavision.

    I personally have won dozens of awards as a filmmaker; however, upon winning Outstanding Directing Dramatic Short Form for my film THE FIXER, and taking the stage to give an acceptance speech in front of a live audience amongst my peers at the TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood was a dream come true, and most definitely the highlight of my film career so far.

    A special shout out to Festival Chair Noel Braham and Co-Chair Courtney L. Branch. They and their dedicated team worked tirelessly to create an inclusive experience for all filmmakers. Never before have I felt so intimately included and connected to a film festival. The Micheaux Film Festival is more than a festival. Much more. It’s a family.

    The Micheaux Film Festival is an exceptional and prestigious film festival that is 100% for filmmakers. I'm honored and grateful to now be part of the Micheaux Film Festival family.

    May 2021