African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) is proud to announce its 26th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase. 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 presents a combination of documentaries and short films, features multiple filmmakers and concludes with a Q&A after each film block. The community-at-large is invited annually to celebrate the artistry of filmmakers whose projects cover diverse topics, stories, techniques and broad themes multi-layered with humor, drama, and reality.

No entry fee. Film must be 1-60 minutes. Submit film on FilmFreeway or send to:

Attn: John Forbes
1999 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Overall Rating
  • Douglas

    What a blessing and opportunity to feature our short film 'Weep not' in the highly acclaimed first online virtual screening. of Sister's Are Doin It for Themselves film festival. It was helmed by John Forbes and Sandra Manly Evers who steered the ship with grace and great communication. We screened with six other Black women filmmaker's with films both humurous and deep in perceptive. Exposure and opportunity. Submit away, you'll thank me later.

    Lenore Thomas Douglas (Director/writer/producer and Cheray O'Neal (Actress/writer/producer

    July 2020
  • I am grateful to the S.E. Manly short film showcase and the African American Film Marketplace. The screening of my film "Gay Baby" was a success and I was able to network with many other filmmakers and other creatives of color through the festival- Mr.John Forbes and his incredibly kind and professional staff for their support throughout the festival. Also great thanks to Ms.Sandra Evers Manly for creating this showcase. This is definitely a festival to try and get in if you want to screen in L.A.

    November 2019
  • Thank you for having me and offering the opportunity

    November 2019
  • Valerie Alleyne-Udeozor

    They treat filmmakers with the utmost respect. Amazing experience and venue

    November 2019
  • The Reel Black Film Festival was by far the best festival I've attended! Communication was solid and everyone at the festival was so welcoming. It felt like I was screening my film with family lol. The entire team that put together the festival and the audience were so supportive and I'm so happy that I received the opportunity to meet, network, and view other powerful African American films. This team is doing some amazing stuff for the black community of directors and filmmakers and I can't wait to send more of my work here!

    October 2018