Micheaux Film Festival Honors Robert Townsend With Prestigious Award

Robert Townsend and Skye Townsend

Last year, COVID-19 caused a slew of entertainment events to be canceled and rescheduled while we awaited the upshot of how the global pandemic would shift the world. Now that specific mandates and restrictions are being lifted, we’re now seeing an influx of in-person events coming back into the forefront. Most recently, the 3rd annual Micheaux Film Festival took place in Los Angeles at The Chinese Theatre, which featured a plethora of celebrities and honorees in the space of film and cinematography.

Regan Gomez-Preston

The Micheaux Film Festival was the first in-person film festival to take place in Los Angeles since the start of COVID-19. During the festivities, attendees such as actress Reagan Gomez-Preston (OWN’s Queen Sugar), actor Amin Joseph (FX’s Snowfall), Comedian Slink Johnson (Adult Swim’s Black Jesus), actress Brely Evans (OWN’s Ambitions), and actress Skye Townsend (HBO’s Black Lady Sketchshow) came out to support the publicized event. During the festival, legendary actor and filmmaker Robert Townsend was awarded the Oscar Micheaux Trailblazer of Excellence Award. In addition, a number of black creatives were honored for their contributions in the realm of film, performance, and more. Event sponsor Panavision provided 75K in grant funds for all the winners.

Amin Joseph

Here’s a full list of 2021 winners:

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

Slink Johnson

Along with awards and screenings, the festival gave attendees access to networking mixers, Q&A panels, Master Class workshops, and digital panels which featured actors such as: Jill Marie Jones (OWN’s Delilah, Girlfriends), Maahra Hill (OWN’s Delilah), Bridgid Coulter Cheadle (Westworld), Award-Winning Writer and 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 Micheaux Film Festival is named after Oscar Micheaux, one of the most iconic film directors in the early 1900s. His contributions helped shape the scope of Hollywood and diversity as we know it today. He’s also credited as the first African American to ever make a film in 1919. Event partners include: Oprah Winfrey Network, SONY Pictures Entertainment, Panavision, and IMDbPro.

For more information regarding the event, CLICK HERE.



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