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The Fayetteville Film Fest

Micheaux Award

& BIPOC Film Lab

MAY 1, 3-5PM

Calling all Black, Indigenous and Filmmakers of Color! Join us Saturday, May 1st, from 3 to 5pm for the Spring 2021 FFF-BIPOC Film Lab. The first ever FFF-BIPOC Lab will be entirely online so no need to travel! Lab participants will interact with industry representatives from across the state and around the country, including Rockhill Studios, Visionairi Enterprises, Arkansas Soul, Fayetteville Public Television, The University of Arkansas, Bedford Camera, and Bonsai Creative. We'll discuss ways to sharpen your filmmaking skills, develop strategies for building a career in content creation, and provide ample opportunity to make connections and build the Arkansas BIPOC filmmaker community. We'll also hear from our first ever Micheaux Award winners and answer any questions about the next round of awards set to open for submissions in May!

To join us, please register using the form below and we'll send out a Zoom link closer to the date. 

The Fayetteville Film Fest Micheaux Award and BIPOC Film Lab is designed to support and encourage creation and authorship of Arkansas-based projects from Black, Indigenous and filmmakers of color through two initiatives: The Micheaux Award which will distribute funds to BIPOC filmmakers in two cycles throughout the year; and The FFF-BIPOC Film Lab, which facilitates year-round educational and workshop opportunities to strengthen the Arkansas-based BIPOC film community.


The Micheaux Award - named in honor of Oscar Micheaux, a founding father of American Black cinema - will distribute up to $4,000 in two cycles per year. Awards will be distributed to 2 to 3 film projects per cycle with no single application receiving more than $1,500.

  • Open to film projects in all stages of development, scope and genre.

  • Open to film projects made by BIPOC individuals living or working in Arkansas. Preference will apply to filmmakers focused on the BIPOC communities of which they are a part.

  • Films that address issues of social and racial justice are especially encouraged.

  • Submitter must be at least 18 years of age.

The Winter 2020 Cycle will open for applications November 15, 2020 and close December 31, 2020. Recipients of awards for the Winter Cycle will be announced March 1, 2021.

The Summer 2021 Cycle will open for applications May 15, 2021 and close June 30, 2021. Recipients of awards for the Summer Cycle will be announced September 1, 2021.



The FFF-BIPOC Film Lab will facilitate educational workshops and networking events to encourage diverse content creation, equip filmmakers of color to tell their own stories and cultivate audiences that are truly reflective of our whole community.

There are three areas of focus for the educational/mentorship plan:

  • Technical aspects of filmmaking

  • Business fundamentals

  • Networking opportunities to broaden reach and impact

Networking opportunities will come in the form of regular quarterly meetings (online in the short-term and in-person once it is safe to do so given the current health crisis), as well as occasional community events and public film screenings.

In addition, The Lab will organize a series of workshops beginning with the following:


The first workshops/bootcamps will focus resources and expertise on the ideation to execution process. Participants will learn how to take their ideas and develop finished film projects from industry leaders (independent filmmakers, production studios and academic resources from the University of Arkansas). 


The second workshop/bootcamp will focus resources and expertise on how to develop film and media businesses, and the necessary entrepreneurial infrastructure to sustain careers in film production for BIPOC communities. Participants will learn real, practical advice from all levels of film and media production including but not limited to independent filmmakers, large scale production studios and academic training resources from the University of Arkansas (or any other institutions).

These education touchpoints will allow the FFF to extend its support to the BIPOC community throughout the year, establish a platform to showcase work produced by these communities, and create connections for local filmmakers to grow their presence beyond state borders.


The Film Labs are open to all Arkansas BIPOC filmmakers, more information coming Winter/Spring 2021. 


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