May 13, 2021

LAWT News Service


After a week-long of film screenings, The Micheaux Film Festival has ended with a bang. The show wrapped on Sunday with a primetime ceremony, naming legendary filmmaker and acclaimed actor/director, Robert Townsend with the Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award.

Jam-packed with Hollywood’s most elite actors, entertainers, filmmakers, directors and executive producers, the event attendees included; Actor Amin Joseph (FX’s “Snowfall”), Comedian Slink Johnson (Adult Swim’s “Black Jesus”), Actress Brely Evans (OWN’s “Ambitions”) Actress Reagan Gomez-Preston (OWN’s “Queen Sugar”) and father-daughter duo, Robert Townsend (“Five Heartbeats”) and Skye Townsend (HBO’s “Black Lady Sketchshow”).

The highly anticipated, star-studded hybrid festival took place in Los Angeles at Hollywood’s most prominent landmark, The Chinese Theatre. As the first in-person event since the inception of the pandemic; this experience was one for the books.


The two-hour telecast capped a week of film screenings and activation ceremonies, bestowing awards in more than 40 categories honoring the accomplishments of people of color this past year across the fields of film, shorts, digital series, music, and social influence.



Full list of 2021 winners:As an added bonus, event sponsor Panavision, contributed $75K in grant funds to award winners of the festival.


Outstanding Music Video

“Black Leather”

Outstanding Student Project

“Furthest From”

Outstanding Action/Suspense

“Rules to Rule”

Outstanding Horror/Thriller

“10 Years in 40 Seconds”

Outstanding Sci-Fi

“Navel Gazers”

Outstanding Short Documentary

“Free to Be”

Outstanding Feature Documentary

“Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance”

Outstanding Special Programming

“Black Girl, Bleu”

Outstanding Editing

“I Love You, I’m Sorry”

Outstanding Performance Piece

“Hues & Hidden Kings”

Outstanding Music

Harana (Serenade)

Outstanding VFX

“Dark Lights”

Outstanding Cinematography


Outstanding Podcast, Digital Talk, or Vlog

“All Things Undone” - podcast

“Savage Chat Series” - digital talk

“Externo” - Vlog

Outstanding Dramatic Short


Outstanding Comedic Short


Outstanding Animated Short


Outstanding Dramatic Actress (short form)

Frencheska Farr as “Maya” - Harana

Outstanding Comedic Actress (short form)

Bria Henderson as “Mia” - Prepared

Outstanding Dramatic Actor (short form)

Telvin Griffin as “David Carter” - A Blue Shroud

Outstanding Comedic Actor (short form)

Sandro Iocolano as “Guido Gaguzzi” - How to Do Sh!t with Guido Gagootz

Outstanding Actor (Feature)

Kim Estes as “Detective Travis” - Loyalty

Outstanding Actress (Feature)

Denise Yolèn as “Monika” - Sundays in July

Outstanding Dramatic Writing

“The Ice Cream Stop”

Outstanding Comedic Writing

“December 21st”

Outstanding Writing (Feature)

“Asking For It”

Outstanding Directing Comedic Short Form

“How to Do Sh!t with Guido Gagootz”

Outstanding Directing Dramatic Short Form

“The Fixer”

Outstanding Directing (Feature)

“Red Pill”

Outstanding Dramatic Digital Series


Outstanding Comedic Digital Series

“The Gaze”

Outstanding Unscripted Digital Series

“Content is King”

Outstanding International Short


Outstanding Panavision Short


Outstanding Panavision Feature Film

“Sunday’s in July”

Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award

Robert Townsend

Cesar Chavez Civic Impact Award

Kevin Welbeck

Michael Ajakwe Pioneer of Influence Award

Gregori J. Martin

Other elements of the week included, several workshops and conversations comprised of a multitude of decorated actors, such as; Jill Marie Jones (OWN’s “Delilah,” “Girlfriends”); Maahra Hill (OWN’s “Delilah”); Bridgid Coulter Cheadle (“Westworld”); Award-winning writer & director, Steve Pink (“Hot Tub Time Machine”); Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker, Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Award-winning producer, Whitney Valcin and Casting Directors Christian Bustamante (“One Night in Miami”); Jamie Castro (“Grey’s Anatomy”) and Renita Gale (Honda, Toyota).

The festival also featured a series of digital panels, and elite master classes - providing attendees with the opportunity to gain access to new content and exclusive insight, while establishing tangible and equitable connections. Event sponsors included: Oprah Winfrey Network, SONY Pictures Entertainment, Panavision, and IMDbPro.

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Category: Arts & Culture