BHERC 29th Annual “Sistas” Short Film Fest Deadline for entries is approaching

Sandra Ever-Manly, Founder of BHERC Calls for Submissions for the 29th Annual “Sistas” Short Film Festival

Call for applications from Sistas Deadline February 28, 2022

Call for applications from Sistas Deadline February 28, 2022

Signature BHERC “Sistas” Film Fest features Black Women filmmakers, bringing the best of the Women in Short Film format from around the world.

We have made progress, but there remains an urgency for the black female perspective in film. We cannot deny their power or progress. We must continue to support our “Sister Sheroes”.

— Sandra Evers-Manly, President and Founder of BHERC

LOS ANGELES, California, USA, Feb. 15, 2022 / — The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) recently announced the ‘Call for Entries’ for the 29th Annual Short Film ‘Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves “Film Festival” from Saturday March 25 to Sunday April 10, 2022. Founded by Academy Member and Producer Sandra J. Evers-Manly, BHERC’s “Sistas” invites filmmakers to submit their works to be presented in what has traditionally been a mix of contemporary and traditional films. Stories from a variety of genres have been delighting global audiences who have been attending the festival since it moved to a virtual format. Film entries are currently open. open, with entries being accepted via The entire festival is taking place online at www.BHERC.TV due to COVID – 19.

The SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 28 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Please submit your films online at or at Each filmmaker can submit at least one film or more for consideration. All films must meet the following criteria:
• A black director must have completed them. Others may be on the project
• The duration of the film must not exceed 45 minutes.
• Films can be shot in any format, celluloid (S8, 16MM, 35MM…) or digital.
• There is no age limit

About the sisters who do it for themselves
“SISTAS…” began over twenty-nine years ago as a call to the entertainment industry to recognize that there is great talent among African American filmmakers. What began as a simple screening and discussion has become one of the most recognized inspirational and imitated events in the black film community. It is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for over two decades. It’s a clear concept: a screening of short films written and/or directed by some of the best filmmakers in the country followed by dialogue. “While we have made progress, it is evident that there is an urgency for the black female perspective in filmmaking. We cannot and should not deny their power or progress. Additionally, the community should know and support our ‘Sister Sheroes’ as they tell our stories. This short film platform is an opportunity to do just that,” says Founder Sandra Evers-Manly.

Once again, “Sistas” is streaming online due to the pandemic. However, last year’s attendees were able to capture the essence of the live event noting that they had not been able to make it to Los Angeles in the past. Therefore, having the festival online allowed them to participate and meet the filmmakers in lively panels of inspiration and aspiration. BHERC encourages moviegoers to save dates; this is another opportunity to experience amazing cinema.

The BHERC Short Film Festival “Sistas Are Doin’ It For Themselves” continues to bring outstanding short films created by black female filmmakers online to international audiences on BHERC TV. Former “Sista filmmakers and participants” have included Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball, Shots Fired), Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou), Yvette Freeman (ER), Dianne Houston (first black woman nominated for an Oscar/short category feature), and Oscar-nominated Dee Rees (Mudbound), to name a few. Many of these filmmakers have received great honors and recognition for their achievements and breakthroughs in cinema. Guests have a rare chance to have an open dialogue and hear the awesome stories of how these Sistas made it for themselves during the festival panels.

A new streaming service launched in February 2020 that provides short film content – ​​from comedy to drama, storytelling to docudrama – produced and directed by Black Filmmakers. BHERC TV is one of the world’s leading providers of short narrative and documentary films about the African American experience and content from across the Diaspora and diverse populations. It is the only program that has consistently promoted and supported the work of African American women in film for over two decades. For more information on BHERC TV, log on to

About the BHERC Host
Founded in 1996 by Sandra Evers-Manly, the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is a nonprofit, public benefit organization designed to advocate, educate, research, develop, and preserve the history and future of Black people in film. and television. Through film festivals, award ceremonies, book signings, script readings, competitions, scholarships, other programs and special events, BHERC recognizes the contributions of black men and women before and behind the scenes of the entertainment industry.

Make your submissions today! The deadline is February 28 at www.filmfreewaycom or

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