The 25th Annual Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase with legendary filmmaker Michael Schultz and rising director Juel Taylor. (Courtesy photo)

 The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will sponsor the closing event of the 29th Annual S. E. Manly African American Short Film Showcase, featuring 50 short films, from Friday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Regal at LA Live, 1000 W. Olympic Blvd., in Los Angeles.

Selected from over 500 entries, the showcase films offer a variety of perspectives from around the world. The films represent historically based events, romance, drama, sci-fi, horror, documentaries, animation, and comedy.

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Also, BHERC will host 1,100 high school and college students from across Southern California to see Ava DuVernay’s groundbreaking and powerful film, “Origin.” The presentation is part of BHERC’s First Weekend Club Family Night program. In addition to students, members and special guests will view “Origin.”

“We must go out and support our filmmakers and help make their films a success at the box office,” insisted BHERC President Sandra Evers-Manly.

Other highlights of the showcase include the Children’s Film Block comprising films curated for children ages 10 and up. Films will feature the genres of animation, history, drama and more.

With the success BHERC saw with both, “Sista’s Are Doin’ For Themselves” and “Reel Black Men” Short Film Showcases, 2023 was a landmark year for the organization. BHERC’s Youth Diversity Film Festival, also experienced an unprecedented number of submissions and global inclusion.

Youth Festival Participants with BHERC President Sandra Evers-Manly at the 13th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

According to Evers-Manly, “Each festival and showcase showed exponential growth, excitement, and notoriety, with ‘Sista’s’ being mentioned in a L.A. Times article.

“Some of Hollywood’s brightest stars – Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kari Lemmons, Princess Monique, and Numa Perrier – made a point to mention BHERC and its Sista’s Short Film Showcase as a major milestone and resource in their careers.”

In addition, the Reel Black Men Short Film Showcase was graced with special appearances by seasoned filmmakers Michael Schultz and David Massey and  rising filmmaker Juel Taylor.  The showcase also featured Ryan Coogler’s short film, “Locks,” at the festival.

“BHERC hopes to continue our upward momentum by this 29th African American Short Film Showcase to usher in a new and even more successful year in 2024,” added Evers-Manly.

The admission is $150 for a weekend pass, $75 for a day pass, and $25 for a 1.5-to-2 hours block of films. Senior and student discounts are available. Visit for passes and more information.