LOS ANGELES—The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center continues its groundbreaking Screenwriting Competition, to help further diversity in the motion picture industry through encouraging and developing both male and female black screenwriters.

“The future of black filmmaking and the exploration of black life and culture through films is in the hands of emerging filmmakers and screenwriters,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC president. While talent is key, connections are crucial in the entertainment business. This film competition offers black screenwriters the opportunity to expose their work to industry professionals, and meet those people who may open doors for their developing talent. “We are committed to the development of those screenwriters who will provide a truer window through which to view the black experience throughout the African Diaspora.”

Submissions for the 2006 BHERC Screenwriting Competition are sought from writers who are serious about a career as a screenwriter. Submissions of screenplays of 90-120 pages, on any topic and genre, will be accepted by mail only. All submissions must be postmarked by November 30, 2006.

The 2006 BHERC Screenwriting Competition will offer winners the opportunity to jump-start their careers as screenwriters. The Grand Prize-winner will receive a full, staged reading of the winning script (directed by an independent film director) and two weekend passes to the annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase in Hollywood, California. The Grand Prize also includes a writing mentor to help develop the screenplay, and two confirmed meetings with industry professionals.

Four finalists will receive two weekend passes to the Film Marketplace and Short Film Showcase, as well as receiving special recognition on the BHERC Web site ( Other prizes will be announced at a later date.

The annual Film Marketplace and Short Film Showcase features the screening of more than 50 short films by today’s finest emerging African American filmmakers while paying tribute to African American film pioneers. The event also offers informative seminars led by film and TV industry professionals, and a host of established film writers, directors, producers and other behind-the-scenes professionals, as well as networking opportunities.

Founded in 1996, 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 Blacks in film and television.


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