The Micheaux Film Festival



Oscar Micheaux (1884 – 1951) was a pioneering African American author and filmmaker, and without a doubt the most famous producer of race films. He formed his own movie production company and in 1919 became the first African-American to make a film. He wrote, directed and produced the silent motion picture The Homesteader, starring the pioneering African American actress Evelyn Preer, based on his novel of the same name. He again used autobiographical elements in The Exile, his first feature film with sound, in which the central character leaves Chicago to buy and operate a ranch in South Dakota. In 1924, he introduced the moviegoing world to Paul Robeson in his film, Body and Soul.​Given the times, his accomplishments in film are extraordinary, including being the first African-American to produce a film to be shown in “white” movie theaters. In his motion pictures, he moved away from the “Negro” stereotypes being portrayed in film at the time. Additionally, in his film Within Our Gates, Micheaux attacked the racism depicted in D.W. Griffith’s film, The Birth of a Nation. No different than Micheaux, one hundred years later, our goal is to serve and provide the community and filmmakers with a channel to bridge those same worlds of difference, as we continue to progress as a people. The Producers Guild of America called him, “The most prolific Black – if not most prolific independent – filmmaker in American cinema.” Over his illustrious career, Oscar Micheaux wrote, produced and directed forty-four feature-length films between 1919 and 1948; he also wrote seven novels, one of which was a national bestseller. We can’t thank you enough for supporting the festival and the filmmakers who have poured blood, sweat, and tears into their projects – in the name of artistic advancement. We ask that you continue to reflect and consider your own legacy and the mark that you will leave on the world. Because no different than Micheaux, your presence and support exemplifies your commitment to progressive change and representation – inclusive of all, within the domestic and global landscape.


As “collegehood” friends and Emmy-nominated filmmakers, we started our journey by hosting sold out local screenings for Issa Rae’s Insecure and evolved our vision to help creatives of all walks of life by forming an international ground-breaking platform.
We started this festival in 2018 with one goal in mind – to help, inspire, educate, and entertain the unseen and unheard. As Emmy-nominated creators our aim is to shift the spotlight from our own purpose and illuminate others who need a platform to showcase their unique art and connect with other like-minded creatives.
Our first year, we recruited every single film that was a part of the festival’s programming lineup, and donated all of our proceeds to a non profit organization with the goal of giving back to the community and sincerely helping others.
We come from very humble beginnings and limited resources, and growing the company through a global pandemic has not been an easy feat. But what keeps us coming back has been the overwhelming response from our creatives and the community – a needed pulse and heartbeat that Hollywood severely lacks.
Oscar Micheaux once said, “there is no barrier to success which diligence and perseverance cannot hurdle. That our self-image is so powerful it unwittingly becomes our destiny.” And this mindset has provided us with the endurance and the dexterity to continue to serve our creatives and those who walk through our festival gates.
We don’t just look at ourselves as an organization or a company.

We’re a family. A family rooted in Christian values that no matter who comes through our doors will be humbly served and celebrated with honesty, equity, and most importantly with love. We know first hand how hard it can be seeing how capitalism and the old guard of the “industry” continue to dilute and destroy the dreams of so many talented, independent artists. And that is why we’re here. To be a stepping stone of encouragement and inspiration. As we grow, we want to incorporate more strategic measures and practices that will help launch the careers of the many who look to the Micheaux Film Festival as a beacon of encouragement, hope, and faith.
Our only ask is that you continue to support us and give back to others who can do nothing for you. Because just as breaking into this industry isn’t easy, neither is continuing to go against the grain, defying the status quo and innovating an experience and platform that changes lives and amplifies careers.
Let’s continue change the universe and this industry. One project at a time. .
Noel Braham | Courtney L. Branch


Our mission is to empower and inspire filmmakers by providing an unparalleled, forward-thinking, and inclusive experience that nurtures creativity and innovation. Rooted in our core values of diversity, excellence, and collaboration, we are committed to delivering the highest level of performance and support to our colleagues, clients, and community. Through a culture of honesty, transparency, and empowerment, we aim to create a tribe of progressive and authentic individuals united in their goal to make a significant impact on the Hollywood landscape. By championing independent entertainment, education, and information, we dedicate ourselves to leaving every filmmaker we encounter feeling energized, supported, and ready to achieve their creative goals.


To revolutionize the Hollywood landscape through pioneering inclusivity and innovation, setting a new standard for the entertainment industry. We envision a world where every filmmaker, regardless of background or belief, has access to the tools, platforms, and support needed to share their unique stories. Our vision is to be at the forefront of this transformation, fostering a culture of excellence, diversity, and creativity that inspires change and empowers voices to shape the future of entertainment.