Nèema Barnette receives a President’s Award at BHERC

Actress Juanita Jennings hosted the event and presenters included Rocky Carroll, Keith David and Anna Maria Horsford.

FF_Prescott_Forbes_Gala_2019The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) recently held their 25th Annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase.

The Festival, which took place on Wednesday, October 23 through Sunday, October 27 at the Cinemark Theater presented a combination of over 90 documentaries and short films and  honored five distinguished Hollywood and Community ICONS including Nèema Barnette, who was recipient of the President’s Award. Barnette’s directing credits include “Luke Cage and “Man for All Seasons.”

Actress Juanita Jennings hosted the event and presenters included Rocky Carroll, Keith David and Anna Maria Horsford.

One of the highlights of the Film Festival was the 10th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students, presented by Billie J. Green, Director of the BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival, and hosted by sensational young actress Drew Olivia Tillman. Ms. Tillman represented the future of Black Hollywood and made the organization confident the African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase will be sustainable for another 25 years. Each film was produced, written and directed by aspiring Youth from across the country, followed by a Q&A with the young filmmakers discussing the process of student filmmaking.

The African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Film Festival Showcase is a prominent film festival in its 25th year, which showcases a distinct selection of independent films. Since its inaugural year in 1994, it has become a recognized outlet for independent African American filmmakers to release their work to a broad audience. Those who attended were inspired by the boundless creativity of independent storytellers. These storytellers are discovering and showcasing their boundary-pushing work, which is what truly makes this Festival great.

(pictured: Executive Festival Director, John Forbes with Pat Prescott recipient of Community Service Award)

 

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