2021 Schedule of Events

Blast From the Past
Blast From the Past Screening Block
Available: Mar 25, 2021 07:00 Until: May 03, 2021 06:59

Enjoy a complimentary preview of content provided by some of 2020's filmmaking alumni.

Select "More Details" for the individual film you'd like to watch, or select "Watch Now" to view the entire block in order.

INTERNAL TEST Livestream
INTERNAL TEST Livestream Live Stream
Available: Apr 23, 2021 19:30 Until: Apr 24, 2021 00:00

This is an internal livestream test.

Test Livestream (Sunday)
Test Livestream (Sunday) Live Stream
Available: Apr 25, 2021 18:30 Until: Apr 25, 2021 20:15

This is an internal test

They're Here…
They're Here… Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From zombie apocalypses and spooky spaces to haunting spirits, these short films are sure to give you a scare.

In A Land Far, Far Away... (vol 2)
In A Land Far, Far Away... (vol 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A series of films that are out of this world… Literally! Dive into this creative sci-fi storytelling that takes you from space, to Gotham City, to unheard of lands.

Podcasts, Vlogs, & Talks, Oh My!
Podcasts, Vlogs, & Talks, Oh My! Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Tune in to this outstanding collection of talks ranging in topics from health and wellness, to culture and progression.

Laughter is the Best Medicine (vol. 1)
Laughter is the Best Medicine (vol. 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From satire and parody to straight up silly - get ready to fall out of your seat laughing as you watch this collection of short films and web series showcasing the emerging comedic talent of tomorrow!

Do You Want A Revolution (vol. 1)
Do You Want A Revolution (vol. 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Speaking up and speaking out, this program features narrative short films on the topics of social justice, social issues and discovering community-based solutions.

An Offer You Can't Refuse (vol 2)
An Offer You Can't Refuse (vol 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A collection of crime and suspense genre films, from pursuits of fortune to figuring out “whodunnit,” these films will leave you on the edge of your seat til the very end.

A Different Way of Life
A Different Way of Life Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A selection of short films about those who are living with disabilities, and how they continue to overcome the limits society has tried to place on them.

Your New Favorite Series  (A Scripted Collection)
Your New Favorite Series (A Scripted Collection) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A collection of scripted web series all about love, friendship, talents and life; and the many complications along the way.

Do You Want A Revolution (vol. 2)
Do You Want A Revolution (vol. 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Speaking up and speaking out, this program features short films and web series on the topics of social justice, social issues and discovering community-based solutions.

Music is the Strongest Form of Magic  (Music Videos)
Music is the Strongest Form of Magic (Music Videos) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Enjoy this selection of music videos that deliver a powerful message through melody.

Laughter is the Best Medicine (vol. 2)
Laughter is the Best Medicine (vol. 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Whether they’re trying to turn a lie into a reality, or battling an arch-nemesis, these short films and web series will keep you laughing at their characters’ misfortune and endeavors.

Family Matters (vol. 2)
Family Matters (vol. 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From passing down traditions to breaking generational curses, this collection of short films tackles the spectrum of family experiences, while putting an emphasis on what truly matters most in life.

Don't Ya Know That You're Toxic
Don't Ya Know That You're Toxic Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From toxic masculinity to toxic thinking, this collection of short films offers various experiences dealing with and overcoming dangerous belief systems dealing with identity, gender roles and agency.

 Full of Pride
Full of Pride Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Bold and daring, this program features narrative films, documentaries and web series told from the LGBTQ+ perspective - ranging in topics of finding love, embracing oneself and the fate of those who don’t.

True Stories  (Documentaries)
True Stories (Documentaries) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Documentaries from talents all around the globe showcasing unbelievably real-world experiences, history come to life and stories of overcoming.

Art of A Different Form  (Performance Pieces)
Art of A Different Form (Performance Pieces) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

This collection of shorts features performance pieces through poetry, dance, monologues, and more.

Finding Your Path
Finding Your Path Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

These short films follow the trials and sacrifices one must make to achieve their dreams - whether it’s leaving family behind to become a star, focusing on the lessons taught by the death of a loved one, or pursuing your dreams despite the naysayers, these films showcase the unconventional path of self-discovery.

Family Matters (vol. 1)
Family Matters (vol. 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From passing down traditions to breaking generational curses, this collection of short films tackles the spectrum of family experiences, while putting an emphasis on what truly matters most in life.

Color ‘N Motion  (Animations)
Color ‘N Motion (Animations) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Dive into the vivid medium of animation through this selection of short films about history, culture, and little bit of hope.

In A Land Far, Far Away... (vol 1)
In A Land Far, Far Away... (vol 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A series of films that are out of this world… Literally! Dive into this creative sci-fi storytelling that takes you from space, to Gotham City, to unheard of worlds.

Your New Favorite Series  (An Unscripted Collection)
Your New Favorite Series (An Unscripted Collection) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A collection of unscripted web series showcasing fresh voices and new, untold stories.

Our Feature Presentation (Features)
Our Feature Presentation (Features) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Presenting a selection of several narrative feature films, ranging in topics of social issues, spiraling down the wrong path, with a few history lessons intertwined.

An Offer You Can't Refuse (vol 1)
An Offer You Can't Refuse (vol 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

A collection of crime and suspense genre films from Mafia pursuits to deadly scavenger hunts. With twists and turns that you don’t see coming, these films will have you watching til the end with bated breath.

Love & Marriage (vol. 2)
Love & Marriage (vol. 2) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From cute meet-ups to tragic break-ups or shake-ups, this series of films and web series showcase the highs and lows of relationships, and the important conversations that happen along the way.

Love & Marriage (vol. 1)
Love & Marriage (vol. 1) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

From cute meet-ups to tragic break-ups or shake-ups, this series of films and web series showcase the highs and lows of relationships, and the important conversations that happen along the way.

True Stories  (Unscripted Special Programming)
True Stories (Unscripted Special Programming) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Get ready for a mindset shift. Based on real stories, these films introduce you to worlds and problems that may not be on your radar - from Black bull riders and farmers to the importance of mental health and wellness in a community that is often overlooked.

Reels, Reels, Reels  (Actor Reels)
Reels, Reels, Reels (Actor Reels) Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 07:00 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Check out the emerging talent in this collection of actor reels.

Going for Gold (Web Series) *In Competition
Going for Gold (Web Series) *In Competition Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 19:10 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Going for Gold consists of content that is nominated for awards in their respective categories. Take a look at what could be the next Micheaux Award winning content!

Going for Gold (Features) *In Competition
Going for Gold (Features) *In Competition Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 19:10 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Going for Gold consists of content that is nominated for awards in their respective categories. Take a look at what could be the next Micheaux Award winning content!

Going for Gold *In Competition
Going for Gold *In Competition Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 19:10 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Going for Gold consists of content that is nominated for awards in their respective categories. Take a look at what could be the next Micheaux Award winning content!

Going for Gold (Shorts) *In Competition
Going for Gold (Shorts) *In Competition Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 19:10 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Going for Gold consists of content that is nominated for awards in their respective categories. Take a look at what could be the next Micheaux Award winning content!

Going for Gold (Docs) *In Competition
Going for Gold (Docs) *In Competition Screening Block
Available: Apr 26, 2021 19:10 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Going for Gold consists of content that is nominated for awards in their respective categories. Take a look at what could be the next Micheaux Award winning content!

OWNing Our Space in the Industry: A Conversation with Black Women Entertainment
OWNing Our Space in the Industry: A Conversation with Black Women Entertainment Live Stream
Available: Apr 26, 2021 22:50 Until: Apr 27, 2021 00:50

OWNing Our Space in the Industry: A Conversation with Black Women in Entertainment

Monday, April 26th @ 7pm ET/4pm PT

Panelists:
Jill Marie Jones (actress - Delilah, Girlfriends)
Maahra Hill (actress - Delilah)
Bridgid Coulter Cheadle (actress - Westworld, CEO, Blackbird House)

Moderated by: Deborah Riley Draper (Award-winning and critically acclaimed filmmaker - Olympic Pride, American Prejudice)

Though the statistics on women's involvement in the industry are growing positively day by day, there is still work to do! We discuss breaking down barriers and leading successful careers in a male dominated industry. Learn how these women pushed back against an industry door that was not built to let them in, all while holding it open for others to walk through.

Entertaining Equality: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Industry
Entertaining Equality: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Industry Live Stream
Available: Apr 26, 2021 23:50 Until: Apr 27, 2021 01:35

Entertaining Equality: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Industry

Panelists:
Cindu Thomas-George (Founder & Principal Trainer at Shakti Diversity and Equity Training)
Quincy Newell (Founder & President at TwentyOne14 Media)
Reggie Currelley (Producer, Writer, Actor)

Moderated by: Teja Arboleda (President at Entertaining Diversity, Inc)

Ever since #OscarsSoWhite trended on twitter in 2015, the call for a conversation on inclusion of marginalized groups has only grown louder. Yet, there is still a disproportionate percentage of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people being represented in front of and behind the camera. In this conversation we discuss the need for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the industry - looking back on how far we’ve come and how much further there is to go, and how we not only need to be invited to the party, but asked to dance as well!

How to: Write for TV & Film
How to: Write for TV & Film Live Stream
Available: Apr 27, 2021 19:50 Until: Apr 27, 2021 21:35

How to: Write for TV & Film

Instructor: Steve Pink
Writer & director

This class will give attendees an hour long intensive on the basics and mechanics of writing a feature film. Attendees will benefit from Pink’s decades of experience in the industry, while learning how to create scripts that sell, and films that make money.

How to: Nail A Successful Pitch
How to: Nail A Successful Pitch Live Stream
Available: Apr 27, 2021 21:50 Until: Apr 27, 2021 23:35

How to: Nail A Successful Pitch

Instructor: Evette Vargas
Founder of The Writers Room 5050

You’ve put together an amazing concept and built out a great idea, and now you have a coveted pitch meeting. Ensure your hard work doesn’t go to waste with this master class workshop that teaches what should be included in your pitch materials, the do’s and don'ts of pitching, and the keys to nail a successful pitch.

Sony Pictures Intersectional Marketing Presents: “Socially Relevant vs. Socially Responsible Content”
Sony Pictures Intersectional Marketing Presents: “Socially Relevant vs. Socially Responsible Content” Live Stream
Available: Apr 27, 2021 23:50 Until: Apr 28, 2021 01:35

Sony Pictures Intersectional Marketing Presents: “Socially Relevant vs. Socially Responsible Content”

Panelists:
Fassa Sar (Manager, Acquisitions, Stage 6 Films)
Giselle Johnson (Creative Executive, Sony Pictures / Screen Gems)

Moderated by: Brett King (VP, Creative Programming, Diversity & Inclusion, SONY Pictures Entertainment)

Join Sony Pictures creative and development executives for a candid discussion on everything from authenticity in storytelling, colorblind casting, educating the gatekeepers, and tips for screenwriters and directors on how to pitch your scripts and concepts.

How To: Maximize Use of Optic Lenses (Sponsored by Panavision)
How To: Maximize Use of Optic Lenses (Sponsored by Panavision) Live Stream
Available: Apr 28, 2021 01:20 Until: Apr 28, 2021 03:20

How To: Maximize Use of Optic Lenses (Sponsored by Panavision)

Instructor: Dan Sasaki
VP Optical Engineer & Lens Strategy at Panavision

This workshop will be an optics-focused session with a Panavision lens strategist and expert. Attendees will learn about anamorphic lenses, macro and specialty lenses, legacy primes and advanced zooms - and how each impacts the position of a frame, and overall picture.

How To: Staff Up Your Production (Sponsored by Staff Me Up)
How To: Staff Up Your Production (Sponsored by Staff Me Up) Live Stream
Available: Apr 28, 2021 20:50 Until: Apr 28, 2021 22:20

How To: Staff Up Your Production (Sponsored by Staff Me Up)

Instructor: Nicole Go
Senior Manager at Staff Me Up

So you have a script ready to shoot... but you don’t have a crew. The instagram and facebook posts aren’t reaching the proper audience, and your friends don’t know how to operate a camera. In this workshop, Staff Me Up gives you the rundown on how to optimize their sight and resources to staff up your production, while putting an emphasis on creating more diversity on set.

How To: IMDbPro Like A Pro (Sponsored by IMDbPro)
How To: IMDbPro Like A Pro (Sponsored by IMDbPro) Live Stream
Available: Apr 28, 2021 22:50 Until: Apr 29, 2021 01:05

How To: IMDbPro Like A Pro (Sponsored by IMDbPro)

Instructor: Jed Shireman-Jones
Senior Account Manager at IMDbPro

IMDbPro includes all the data from IMDb and is specifically designed for entertainment industry professionals. This workshop will discuss IMDbPro and how you can optimize your membership to promote yourself and your work. Let’s demystify IMDb! Attendees will learn the differences between IMDb.com and IMDbPro, as well as how to update your credits on both. You’ll learn about IMDbPro’s many features to help you manage your profile on IMDb, tips for updating your filmography, and how to navigate the sites to help you network.

How To: Talk to Investors for Film Financing (Under $5mil)
How To: Talk to Investors for Film Financing (Under $5mil) Live Stream
Available: Apr 29, 2021 00:50 Until: Apr 29, 2021 03:05

How To: Talk to Investors for Film Financing (Under $5mil)

Instructor: Viviana Zarragoitia
Vice President at Three Point Capital

One of the hardest parts of producing a film is securing the capital to fund your project. This 2-hour intensive will be a fundamental lesson about how to best navigate the layered and nuanced relationship of working with an investor. Learn how to speak to potential investors, best practices, key contract points, and an overview about waterfalls and recoupment.

Executive Spotlight w/Caleeb Pinkett
Executive Spotlight w/Caleeb Pinkett Live Stream
Available: Apr 29, 2021 01:50 Until: Apr 29, 2021 03:20

Executive Spotlight w/Caleeb Pinkett, CEO of Twentyfive8 Ent / former President of TV & Film at Overbrook Entertainment

Hosted by: Jawn Murray

Head of Overbrook Entertainment, Caleeb Pinkett is a writer, actor, and producer who has worked in the entertainment industry for several years. He is an Executive Producer on the Netflix series “Cobra Kai” and Producer of “Charm City Kings,” a film adaptation of the documentary 12 O'clock Boys. Caleeb’s most recent project is a film “The Dunbar Heist'' with production company Rebel Maverick. Caleeb will speak on his rise through the industry and how to tackle the challenges of producing. He will also walk attendees through the different types of producer positions in film and television and the skills needed to succeed in those roles.

And That’s Showbiz Kid: How to Legally Protect Your Ideas in the Industry
And That’s Showbiz Kid: How to Legally Protect Your Ideas in the Industry Live Stream
Available: Apr 29, 2021 19:50 Until: Apr 29, 2021 21:35

And That’s Showbiz Kid: How to Legally Protect Your Ideas in the Industry

Panelists:
Toni Y. Long, Entertainment Attorney at The Long Group
Tanisha Pinkins, Associate at Baker Donelson

Moderated by: Linda Antwi

Entertainment is more than storytelling and fictional characters - it is a business, filled with production companies, distributors, contracts, and unions. As a writer, actor, or filmmaker you will need to protect yourself and your art in this industry. Through this panel, attendees will learn the process of copyrights and trademarks, when and how to hire an attorney, and how to navigate through business agreements.

Executive Spotlight w/Dee Harris-Lawrence
Executive Spotlight w/Dee Harris-Lawrence Live Stream
Available: Apr 29, 2021 22:50 Until: Apr 30, 2021 00:20

Executive Spotlight w/Dee Harris-Lawrence, Executive Producer & Showrunner of OWN’s David Makes Man & CBS’ All Rise

Hosted by: Carlton Jordan

Denitria “Dee” Harris-Lawrence serves as executive producer/showrunner on the Warner Bros. Television drama series “All Rise” for CBS and executive producer/showrunner on the Peabody Award–winning lyrical drama “David Makes Man” for OWN. For her work on the critically acclaimed first season of “David Makes Man,” she and the show’s creative team won the prestigious Peabody Award and were nominated for both a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Drama and an IFP Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series – Long Format. “David Makes Man” was also named to several critics’ year-end “best of television” lists for 2019 including Time magazine. And just this year, "All Rise" received a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series.

A Class Act: A Conversation with Casting Directors
A Class Act: A Conversation with Casting Directors Live Stream
Available: Apr 30, 2021 22:50 Until: May 01, 2021 01:05

A Class Act: A Conversation with Casting Directors

Panelists:
Brian Beegle
Seth Caskey
Jamie Castro (Casting Director, Grey’s Anatomy)
Renita Gale (Casting Director, Honda, Toyota)

Moderated by: Whitney Valcin (Award-winning producer & casting director, Star)

Calling all actors! Do you lack confidence in your self tapes? Are you tired of not getting a callback? Do you wish to learn proper casting etiquette? If so, then you’re in luck! We all know the hardest part of being an actor is getting through the door. With top tier casting directors, we dive into what they’re looking for in audition tapes, when to update your headshots and how to stand out in auditions to book the role.

On Demand (Digital Panels, Masterclasses, Executive Spotlights)
On Demand (Digital Panels, Masterclasses, Executive Spotlights) Screening Block
Available: May 05, 2021 22:30 Until: Jun 01, 2022 06:59

Catch up on any digital panels, masterclasses or executive spotlights you may have missed.

Coming Soon: Our Festival Program

We are currently putting together the schedule for this year's event. Come back to this page as we add items to our festival program.