The event features 140 films from 18 countries, 10 panels and special events
The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) President Sandra J. Evers-Manly announces the full program of the 26th Annual African American Film Marketplace & S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase (AAFM SEMSFS), which includes 140 films, an online premiere, 10 panels and special events and a special tribute. The festival debuts as a virtual experience this year due to COVID–19 on the BHERC streaming service www.BHERC.TV. October 23 through November 29, 2020.
Emboldened by the social and civil rights events of 2020, BHERC expanded its selection of films to include a more global voice of hope and inspiration with filmmakers from 18 countries sharing their distinctive voice and point of view from lenses not often available to an American public.
Culled from 1500 entries and 20 countries around the world, the films offered in the 2020 festival are diverse. Some of the Directors’ picks include:
Appreciation - Tomisin Adepeju (United Kingdom) An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event.
The McHenry Trial - Ken Sagoes (Los Angeles, CA) A young and brilliant academic phenom who not only passes the bar exam at age 14 but finds himself defending his homeless father on a murder charge when few believe he is innocent. He faces a shrewd law firm, an old school segregationist judge, and an arrogant prosecutor who is preparing to celebrate his 50th consecutive case win.
The Moore Project – Zerick Houston (McKinney, TX) The documentary follows two social activists looking to influence change in their small Mississippi community with a deep racist past.
Atlanta Black Tech Mecca (Short-Docu Series) - C’vonzell Dondrico, Vante’ Gregory (Atlanta, GA) Taking a look at the emerging Black Tech Ecosystem in Atlanta, Georgia while highlighting leaders in the industry and celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Log on to www.BHERC.TV for a complete list of films and descriptions.
Panels and Special Event Highlights
BHERC has brought together industry professionals and filmmakers to share a wealth of knowledge with newcomers, veterans, and film fans over a variety of topics. Space is limited so early registration is suggested. Log on to www. BHERC.TV for the complete schedule.
11/1 2PM The Art of Documentary
11/8 5PM Atlanta Black Tech Mecca
11/14 11AM Editors on Editing
11/15 2PM I’m Good Bro: Unmasking Black Male Depression
11/20 5PM Road to Television designed for 1st timers in the Industry
11/21 11AM Cinematographers on Cinematography
11/21 5PM The McHenry Trial…
11/22 4PM Black Filmmakers on Social Justice
More About the Festival
In addition to the 18 countries represented at the festival, filmmakers hail from over 20 US States and 40 Cities. Festival participants may sort and select films by genres that include: Action, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Historical, Horror, Inspirational, Music, Romance, Sci-Fi, Spoken Word and Thriller. They may also explore by topics such as Art, Diversity, Family, Faith-Based, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, People with Disabilities and Social Justice. The festival also plays host to a few young filmmakers from Film schools such as: Academy of Art, Florida State University, High Definition Film Academy, Loyola Marymount University, New York Film Academy, Oral Roberts University, University of California Los Angeles, and University of Southern California. However, the youngest filmmaker is a self-taught nine-year old.
Festival passes are available online at www.BHERC.TV. $75.00 for a full Festival Pass, $25.00 for a Day Pass and $10.00 for a block of 5 films. All panels and special events are free.