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BHERC Plans African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase
By Sentinel News Service
Published December 2, 2021

Entries also being accepted for the 12th Annual BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival

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Sandra J. Evers-Manly, president of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC), announced the dates of the 27th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSFF).

The hybrid event, which opens Friday, January 14, and continues through Sunday, January 20, will feature more than 100 short films curated from 900 US and international entries.  In addition, the festival incorporates online premieres from independent filmmakers, industry panels, special events, and special tributes to industry icons.

Also, the 12th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival will run concurrently with the AAFM SEMSFF. Log on to www.BHERC.TV for a full schedule of live and online events.

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Entries also being accepted through December 17 for the 12th Annual BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival (YDFF). To submit a film, log on to  https://bherc.org/festivals/los-angeles-youth-diversity-film-festival/.

The YDFF is an opportunity for middle and high school student filmmakers, who study their craft at organizations and schools across the globe, to showcase their work.  Films should be 1-to-60 minutes in length and of any genre.

“Young people are an important part of the founding and ongoing work of the BHERC,” said

BHERC YDFF Director Billie Green. “This festival, the YDFF, is presented annually to continue the BHERC mission to provide an outlet and opportunity for young filmmakers, to share their stories about issues, challenges, and successes to a broad audience.”

The festival includes post-screening Q and A discussions, panel dialogues and seminars that serve as platforms for emerging young directors and filmmakers at all levels.  Participants display their work, skills, talent, and vision with other youth filmmakers while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion, and sacrifice involved in the independent filmmaking process.  The students also receive industry insight through industry panels held by entertainment professionals.

For information about the festival, contact Billie J. Green at email: [email protected] or by phone: (323) 732-6275.

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