BHERC 25th Annual African American Film MarketPlace Starts October 23rd, 2019



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BHERC Film festival

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to announce its 25th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. The Festival will take place Wednesday October 23 – Sunday, October 27, 2019 held in various locations in Los Angeles, California.  Since its inception in 1994, 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 a combination of over 100 documentaries and short films, over 50 filmmakers and concludes with a Q&A after each film block. The community-at-large is invited to celebrate the artistry of this year’s filmmakers whose projects cover 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 distinct 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 boundless creativity of independent storytellers. These storytellers are discovering and showcasing their boundary-pushing work, which is what truly makes this Festival great.

We have had an overwhelming response of incredible diverse films and we are excited to showcase these films. We are also excited about several films that will make their premiere at the festival. We have something for everyone, commented, John Forbes, Festival Director.

The Film Festival will open this year with dynamic feature-length, Films With A Purpose Premieres on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24. The aim is to educate, inspire and most importantly empower future filmmakers, writers, and directors; while raising the anticipation of audiences for meaningful storytelling and excellence in filmmaking for generations to come.

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

The Film Festival will feature screening of films and documentaries that inspire, challenge, and make the viewers think, laugh, and much more.

One of the highlights of the Festival is the addition of the annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students; 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.

Closing the Festivities on Sunday, October 27 will include the classic Soul Food & Film Reception.

The costs to attend the Film Festival include:

  • Festival Pass – $350-General Admission/$300- Student and Senior Admission (Festival Pass includes Films With a Purpose Premieres, Opening Night, Youth Film Festival, All Day Pass for Films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag)
  • Films With A Purpose Film Premieres (Two Nights) – $50-General Admission/ $45-Student and Senior Admission (per premiere);
  • Opening Night Festivities – $75-General Admission/$65-Student and Senior Admission;
  • Film Blocks – $25-General Admission/$15- Student and Senior Admission;
  • All Day Pass – $75-General Admission/ $65-Student and Senior Admission;
  • Closing Night Reception (Soul Food & Film) $35-General Admission/$25-Student and Senior Admission


Wednesday through Sunday, October 23-27, 2019

Films With A Purpose Los Angeles Premiere Screenings

October 23-24, 2019 / 7:00pm


Signature Film Festival Locations

“A Great Day In Black Hollywood” Awards Gala

October 25, 2019 / 7:00pm

Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

4708 West Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016


25th Annual African American Film Marketplace

And S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

October 26-27, 2019 / 10:00am – 10:00pm

Cinemark@Howard Hughes, 6081 Center Dr., Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90045


Youth Diversity Film Festival

October 26, 2019 / 8:00am – 12:00noon

Cinemark@Howard Hughes, 6081 Center Dr., Ste 201, Los Angeles, CA 90045


Ticketed Events and Screenings, Weekend Passes

Awards Show Format, Hosted Receptions, Film Screenings, Q&A, Marketplace Vendor Booths









About Black Hollywood Education & Resource Center

Founded in 1996 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. BHERC programs include film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, contests, scholarships, and other programs and special events. BHERC recognizes the contributions of Black men and women in front of and behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.




FESTIVAL                                          PRESS                                   

John Forbes                                        Monica Alexander

BHERC                                               PR Wizzzz Entertainment

(310) 284.3170                                   (310) 254.0168

[email protected]               [email protected]




Lela Christine
The Society Nineteen Group
(310) 308.1797
[email protected]



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