The Micheaux Film Festival

2022 Schedule

Monday, July 11th

Virtual Screenings begin on Sparqfest from July 11th – July 17th 

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Every Lens Tells a Story presented by Panavision

Join Panavision’s Dan Sasaki for a behind-the-scenes analysis of the optical attributes that contributed to the storytelling of famous films. Dan will shine a light on the lenses filmmakers used to bring their visions to life while providing an overview of Panavision’s vast inventory and a firsthand account of the artistry, science, and technology involved in the field of motion-picture optics.


Dan Sasaki
Senior Vice President of Optical Engineering and Lens Strategy

Aaron Saffa
Manager, New Filmmaker Program, Panavision

The Academy 365 with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

This panel conversation will provide insight into membership eligibility, the voting process, and the inner workings and operations of the most prolific organization in modern cinema.


Jeanell English
VP, Impact and Operations

Shawn Finnie
EVP, Member Relations and Awards

Moderated by:

Lawrence Foldes, Academy Member

Panel focuses:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • How to become a member of The Academy
  • Perks of membership
  • How the voting process works
  • Increasing BIPOC representation within The Academy
  • Ensuring films are reflective of the world we live in
  • Academy Gold programs

Distribution: The Single Most Important Element of Filmmaking

This panel will provide insight from distribution and acquisitions executives who can detail: best practices when seeking distribution, why securing distribution is the most important move a filmmaker can make, and what factors distributors take most into account.


Yulissa Morales
VP of US Distribution, Epic Pictures

Moderated by:

Daniel de Boulay
Manager of Worldwide Acquisitions, SONY Pictures Entertainment

Panel focuses:

  • Five things every filmmaker should know when seeking distribution
  • Common mistakes filmmakers make when seeking/securing distribution
  • The most important factors distributors take into account when considering projects