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Celebrating diverse representation both in front of and behind the camera...

What is the Micheaux Film Festival?

We are a multicultural film festival that provides independent filmmakers of all backgrounds, cultures, and sexual orientations an outlet to showcase their work in state-of-the-art facilities. Our goal is to facilitate a community that fosters diversity, innovation and independence for content creators and the public.

We provide a medium to exhibit thought-provoking and entertaining content, that leaves the viewer feeling entertained, challenged and inspired...

The festival serves as a platform for the filmmaker to be recognized for their sacrifices, hard work, and commitment to their respective craft. We want to highlight the artist’s story beyond the film, and also give audiences insight into their journey and what they’ve endured to get to where they are now. We aim to showcase diverse and perennial stories and place them in front of viewers that may not otherwise have had access to it.

Who is Oscar Micheaux?

Oscar Micheaux was a filmmaker and pioneer of the early 1900s, who as an African American male wrote, directed, produced and distributed over 44 feature films in his lifetime. Micheaux defied racial and economic barriers, while also operating outside of the conventional Hollywood system of commercial financing.

The Producers Guild of America called him “The most prolific Black – if not most prolific independent – filmmaker in American cinema.”

In 1919, Micheaux became the first African American to produce and screen a feature-length film that was shown in "white" theaters.

The Micheaux Mission

Independence, Community, & Innovation...

In the spirit of Micheaux, we aim to champion the filmmaker who has been able to create thought-provoking and entertaining content, with little to no resources.

Micheaux Film Festival at a Glance

Highlights from last year's festival, showcasing: screening, filmmaker Q&A, and post-screening networking mixer...

Last year, we showcased the works of award-winning directors, writers, producers, and actors whose work has gone on to be recognized by Disney/Lucas Films, NBCUniversal, the Emmy Awards (Daytime/Primetime), and Film Independent. The festival brought out more than 200 guests to the world-renowned Regal Cinemas LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center, one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the nation.

Last year's festival trailer featuring all projects that screened at the festival...

Filmmaker Spotlight

We put the filmmaker first...

Prior to the screening, each filmmaker was featured in a spotlight that detailed their prior projects and accomplishments.

Awards Show

As important as it is for filmmakers to screen their work, it is just as important for exceptional work to be recognized...

Last year's festival concluded with an awards ceremony, which recognized each filmmaker with the Oscar Micheaux Spirit of Excellence Award.

Last year's award winners

Micheaux Film Festival 2020

This year's festival is held at Regal Cinemas LA Live, from February 21-23, 2020

THEME:

This year's theme is Revenge of the Dreamers, with a Miami Vice twist. Our aim is to cultivate an experience that is creative and classic, while continuing to be progressive and innovative.

Film screenings will take place at our current host theater Regal Cinemas L.A. Live: A Barco Innovation Center

Regal Cinemas LA Live

Networking mixers will take place down the street from LA Live, at The Queensberry.

The Queensberry

The industry Master Classes and the Awards Show will take place in the LA Meeting Room of the Courtyard Marriott at L.A. Live.

Courtyard Marriott LA Live

This year we also introduce the Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award and the Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award, to honor members of the film community who have written, directed, produced and distributed their work outside of the traditional Hollywood system, while simultaneously opening the door for others.

Meet the Festival Directors

Noel Braham

Award-winning filmmaker and actor, Noel Braham, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where he attended Georgia State University, majoring in Speech Communication and Film/Video production. His desire to create worlds of comedy, science fiction, and drama led him to his first project, The Side Chick, which was screened and awarded at several international web festivals - winning for best comedy, actor, and cast. His sophomore project, The Millennial won a prestigious Telly Award for short form media.

His most recent endeavor includes his role as founder and co-director of the Micheaux Film Festival. His team was able to install a successful event which attracted over 200 attendees and was held at Regal Cinemas LA Live: A Barco Innovation Center, one of the most technologically advanced theaters in the country.

You can find more of his work: Star Wars Exile on StarWars.com where it won best VFX and choreography in the Disney/Lucas Fan Film Awards. Noel currently serves as a judge for the Daytime Emmy awards as an active member of the National Television Academy. In addition to judging, Noel and his company were nominated for two Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Special Class – Directing: Noel Braham and Outstanding Special Class: Short Format Programming for their work on his third project, Watchtower. In addition to the Emmy nominations, Watchtower was screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Short Corner in the South of France.

Courtney L. Branch

Upon graduating with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Georgia State University, Courtney spent several years in New York, where she jumpstarted her television career with a fellowship with CBS This Morning. After working between the Atlanta and New York markets and being recognized for two Emmy nominations, Courtney relocated to Los Angeles, where she landed an Associate Producer position on Daytime's #1 talk show, Dr. Phil, produced at Paramount Studios. As a casting producer, she has worked for Lifetime, Food Network, Fox and BET. She is currently back with CBS, marking her seventh year with the network.

Outside of television production, Courtney serves as Co-Chair for the Micheaux Film Festival, which debuted in Downtown Los Angeles in December 2018 to a crowd of over 200 people. Courtney is an active member of the Television Academy and served as a judge for the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards and as a voter for the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Partnerships

As an effort to contribute to the community, profits from the festival were donated to Good Seed CDC, an organization that supports homeless youth in the LA area.

Current Press:

"As two people of color in the entertainment industry, they found common ground in their desire to advocate for more diversity and representation in the field... Braham and Branch spoke with POPSUGAR about their journey and the cultural impact they hope to make by unifying fellow creators with the festival."
"Named after Oscar Micheaux, the illustrious filmmaker of the early 20th century and the first Black person to own a film studio, the festival provides a space for independent filmmakers of all backgrounds and cultures to showcase their work in state-of-the-art facilities."

Tickets NOW on Sale

#Micheaux2020 submissions are now open! Click the link to submit your project today:

Sponsors

Last year's sponsors made it possible...

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