From left-to-right: Darryl Mccane, Vanessa Williams, Lilian Benson and Preston Holmes (courtesy photos)
2017 class honorees from left-to-right: Darryl McCane, Vanessa Williams, Lillian Benson and Preston L. Holmes (courtesy photos)

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) opens its 23rd Annual African American Film Marketplace (AAFM) and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase opens with a Gala

Celebration “A Great Day in Black Hollywood,” Friday, January 13, at the Harmony Gold Preview House, 7655 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046.   The popular event honors outstanding professionals in film and will premiere over 66 short films during the 2017 S.E. Manly Film Showcase.

The 2017 class of honorees are: Preston L. Holmes, Producer/Director, The Ivan Dixon Award of Achievement; Lillian Benson, Film Editor, Lifetime Achievement Award; Darryl McCane, Filmmaker and Youth Film Instructor, the President’s Award and Vanessa Williams, veteran actress, Community Service Award.

As one of the first Film Festivals to screen diverse short films more than two decades, the S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase continues to provide an opportunity for the artistry of emerging African American and diverse Filmmakers by hosting this annual festival.  Over 68 Films are screened blocks with a moderated Q & A with directors, cast and crew at the end of each block and provides the audience insight and a chance to engage in the dialogue.

Films are screened Saturday and Sunday Noon until 8pm.  The BHERC Youth Diversity Short Film Festival, featuring young aspiring filmmakers of tomorrow from local arts organizations and High Schools in the Los Angeles Community as well as communities across the country takes place Saturday morning, 9am to Noon beginning with breakfast.  This portion of the Festival is Free to the Public. Closing the Festivities on Sunday night includes the classic Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m.

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. Celebrate the artistry by supporting our filmmakers, with diverse topics, stories, techniques and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama and reality.

The costs include:  Opening Night Festivities $55; a Block of Films is only $15 for students with ID and $20 for the general public; All Day Pass $50; Closing Night Reception $25 (Soul Food & Film); and Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) $150.

To purchase tickets and for complete schedule, visit or call (310) 284-3170 [email protected] & Media Contact:  Publicity4you 818-749-9695 @ [email protected].