The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center celebrates 25th anniversary at its 2019 African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center celebrates 25th anniversary at its 2019 African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to host its 25th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase from Wednesday, October 23 – Sunday, October 27, 2019, at various locations in Los Angeles, California. Since its inception in 1994, the African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase have been a platform for rising and established filmmakers from emerging voices, while exploring innovations in storytelling across film, television, online, and more. The Festival will present 60+ short films, over 50 filmmakers, and ending with a Q&A with independent filmmakers.

Founded by Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Blacks in film and television. Celebrate the artistry by supporting our filmmakers, with diverse topics, stories, techniques, and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama, and reality.

The African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Film Festival Showcase is a prominent film festival in its 25th year, which showcases a diverse selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 1994, it has become a recognized outlet for independent African American filmmakers to release their work to a broad audience. Those who attend will be inspired by the endless creativity of independent storytellers, who are discovering and showcasing their boundary-pushing work.

One of the highlights of the Festival is the addition of the annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students, which will be presented by Billie J. Green, Director of the BHERC. These aspiring young filmmakers study the craft at local arts organizations and High Schools in the Los Angeles Community.

The Opening Night Reception and Award Gala is set to honor the behind-the-scenes entertainment professionals who have made laudable contributions to Black Hollywood on Friday, October 25.

Closing the festivities on Sunday, October 27, will include the classic soul food and film reception.

There are several ways to experience the festival from all-day passes to film blocks or to attend the premiere events. For more information, visit bherc.org to view the schedule of events with locations and times and admission fees.

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