11th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival

Greetings film lovers! Please join us for our virtual Youth Diversity Film Festival.

The 11th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival for Middle and High School students is presented by Billie J. Green, Director of the BHERC Youth Diversity Film Festival. These aspiring young filmmakers study their craft at organizations and schools across the globe.

BHERC is proud to spotlight shorts created by diverse youth. These film screenings and panel dialogues are an opportunity for emerging young directors to showcase their skills, talent and vision, while giving the audience a chance to view and discuss the artistry, passion and sacrifice involved in the independent film making process.

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BHERC looks forward to presenting quality virtual film screenings and content.

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Films

All films are viewable anytime from Saturday, January 16th at 10am until Sunday, January 31st at 11:59pm. 

Events

All panels and events are free!

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11th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival

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1619

A dad has a talk with his son…. About the African Diaspora.

RatingPG
Duration7m54s
DirectorAlexander McDaniel
WriterAlexander McDaniel
Executive ProducerAlexander McDaniel, Sharon McDaniel
Starring Alexander McDaniel, Troy Ford, Crystal Gix

7 Beautiful Hours

A teenager loses his memory and finds out that he has 7 hours left to live.

Duration19m53s
DirectorMD. Farhanoor Imtiaz Turjjo
WriterMD. Farhanoor Imtiaz Turjjo
ProducerMD. Farhanoor Imtiaz Turjjo, Mohammed Mahin
Starring MD. Farhanoor Imtiaz Turjjo

A Conversation with E

When a girl playfully responds to a mysterious post-it note, she finds herself unable to escape the conversation she began...

RatingPG
Duration5m51s
Directoresabella anna karena strickland, Taylor Mitchell, Skylar A
WriterEsabella Strickland, Taylor Mitchell
ProducerCineLab - Vancouver
Starring Amber Norstrand

A Drop of Yellow

A young workaholic girl discovers the magic of color in her dull, monotonous world.

Duration6m39s
DirectorAnikait Malhotra
WriterRadha Jain
Starring Mahima Bargali

Adventure in Parallel Universes

Dan and Max get into amazing adventures. Do you believe in the existence of parallel universes.

RatingG
Duration2m31s
DirectorEvangelina Sarett
WriterEvangelina Sarett
ProducerEvangelina Sarett

Atticus

A man struggles with the rule of not being able to touch a statue in a museum.

RatingPG-13
Duration1m54s
DirectorChase Seabreeze
WriterChase Seabreeze
ProducerChase Seabreeze
Starring Liam Cornwell, Jay Codner

Black Is

A group of students decide to have an open discussion about being black in America. Is America ready to listen?

RatingR
Duration27m29s

Burden

A mother and daughter escape an abusive husband, only to be haunted by an entity that embodies the events of their past.

Duration13m00s
DirectorJoshua Soares
WriterJoshua Soares

Bully Proof Vest

A young girl overcomes bullying through life lessons and a Bully Proof Vest.

RatingPG-13
Duration5m50s
DirectorAlexander McDaniel
WriterAlexander McDaniel
ProducerTraci Carter Holsey
Executive ProducerAlexander McDaniel, Sharon McDaniel
Starring Kayla Holsey, Reggie Gaskins, Traci Carter, Alexis Lynne Baumert, Brighton Chipley

Chrisma

This movie is about sharing love with the needy.

RatingPG
Duration4m08s
DirectorInam
WriterInam
ProducerA3 creations

Conquer

Fear is defined as the unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, real or imagined. Will you let your fears control you, or will you conquer them?

RatingPG
Duration2m00s
DirectorJordan Ellison
WriterJordan Ellison
Starring Collin Hancock

Cops Are(n’t) Colorblind

Racial profiling by police is a recurring problem in our society for people of color.

RatingPG
Duration5m00s
DirectorTemis Cantos, Demitrius Doward, Nyla Cepeda, Laye Diakite, Geordy Eduardo Mejia, Niaja L. Nazario, Diana Pagan, Jhonatan St. Phard, Taliya Hughes, Mikey Rosa, Moesha Martinez, Kate Levy, Shaniya Fletcher

Dissimulation

A young woman struggles with her inner anxiety and how to portray herself to the rest of the world.

RatingPG-13
Duration6m33s
DirectorTara Chakravorty
WriterTara Chakravorty, Apurva Chakravorty
ProducerTara Chakravorty

Dumplings

A typical Chinese-American household while making dumplings.

RatingG
Duration1m35s
DirectorRebecca Feng

Follow

An obsessive compulsive hitman tails his latest target, gradually growing more paranoid as it is in the peak of a viral pandemic.

Duration4m00s
DirectorStephen Kimani
WriterStephen Kimani
ProducerStephen Kimani
Starring Stephen Kimani, Stephen Sembi, Newton Kitung'u

Forest Dwellers’ Fun

What do animals do in the forest when no one sees them?

RatingG
Duration1m19s
DirectorEvangelina Sarett
WriterEvangelina Sarett

From What You Left Behind

A music video that follows the journey of a young girl searching for her lost friend and reflecting on the memories they once shared.

Duration5m36s
DirectorJodhi Ramsden-Mavric
WriterJodhi Ramsden-Mavric
ProducerJodhi Ramsden-Mavric
Starring Melisand Box, Joureny Lu-Spencer

Go Fish

An absent father attempts to reconnect with his 17-year-old daughter by taking her out to fish: their once beloved father-daughter activity.

RatingPG
Duration8m28s
DirectorIlia Wayans
WriterIlia Wayans
ProducerDeven Nicotero, Nick Goodman
Starring Max Addams, Sunnie Leon

Hope

Maintaining hope during COVID-19.

RatingPG
Duration34s
DirectorLuis Lopes
WriterLuis Lopes
ProducerLuis Lopes
Starring Luis Lopes

I QUIT!

A bit of pressure can improve an art, but a lot of pressure might even consume the artist.

Duration5m20s
DirectorJay Singh
WriterJay Singh
ProducerGuess What Productions
Starring Anubhav Singh

In the Gym

Even if you are the coolest bodybuilder, be modest and do not forget about safety

Duration1m20s
DirectorEvangelina Sarett
WriterEvangelina Sarett
ProducerEvangelina Sarett

June Gloom

A pair of teenage boys on summer break decide to start robbing stores, but it's not about the money.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m55s
DirectorJoshua Soares, Emilien Sahli
WriterJoshua Soares, Emilien Sahli
ProducerTaylor Albertson
Starring Lance Valentine Butler, Tony Garcia, Caitlin Polesetsky

Leena and Claudia

Two best friends competing in the same writing contest for a chance to go to New York find out how far they will go to win.

RatingPG-13
Duration10m00s
DirectorGreta Kerkhoff
WriterGreta Kerkhoff
ProducerGreta Kerkhoff
Starring Haley, Shea

Life’s too short. I’M NOT

Azania is a 6'4 woman who discusses her highs and lows of being a tall woman in society.

Duration6m37s
DirectorJaychelle Smith
WriterJaychelle Smith
ProducerJeremy Champion
Starring Azania Stewart, Luther Nimi, Jeremy Champion

Limitless

Riding a skateboard is more than just a sport. These interviews reveal what may be hidden from the casual observer.

Duration7m51s
DirectorAlan Ding

Living with the Enemy: Media, Mental Health & Me

A look at how the Covid-19 crisis is changing the way high schoolers in NYC feel through their virtual workshop.

RatingPG-13
Duration25m02s
DirectorLee Alston, Jenai Blackmore, Elgin Finney, Kashawn Jacobs, Nina Liu, Rashad Lowe, Cristian M. Jimenez, Ace Mendoza, Chris Pilgrim, Ricardo Reyes, Mikey Rosa, Leen Toufiq, Kia Watson
ProducerRachel Brown, Raelene Holmes-Andrews, Ambreen Qureshi

Melanated: The Color Underneath

This powerful film examines the history and impact of colorism and explores the ongoing legacies of White Supremacy within BIPOC communities.

RatingPG-13
Duration19m35s
DirectorDamani Douglas, Cirilo Ordonez, Estefany Guzman, Nia Mills, Syed Rahman, Chengchao Li, Kailani Estrada, Roger Yumbla, Angelo Toro, William Moore, Dakota Gearhart

Midnight Wash

Strange occurrences at midnight begin to frighten a young and diligent student.

RatingPG-13
Duration3m29s
DirectorTristan Auyang
WriterTristan Auyang
ProducerLila Montgomery
Starring Jonah McAloon, Faolan Twomey

Muffin

Students are disappearing. Could it be the urban legend Muffin' Man?

Duration13m21s
DirectorAdamari Corro, Breyah Jenkins, Benjamin Carr, Ayana Thompson, Phrance McGruder
WriterAdamari Corro, Khalil Cotton
ProducerErnest M Whiteman III, Lashawn Cox, Chicago Arts Parnerships in Education
Starring Ayana Thompson, Benjamin Carr

My Diary at the End of the World Football Edition

Marisbela, Nicole and Alice have fun at a football match (even with the world falling apart).

RatingPG
Duration9m41s
DirectorBeatriz Velloso
WriterBeatriz Velloso
Starring Beatriz Velloso, Bruna Caramico, Maria Eduarda, Cynthia Arruda

Noah’s Eyes

Autism… through Noah’s eyes.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m42s
DirectorBrooke Boyd
WriterBrooke Boyd
ProducerBrooke Boyd
Starring Alexander Rodriguez, Brook Valles

No Cut

No matter how big you are you will always have opponents.

RatingG
Duration58s
DirectorTharun
WriterTharun
ProducerTharun
Starring Tharun

Please, Stay

If you feel bad, you can still help someone, who is worse off than you.

RatingG
Duration2m14s
DirectorEvangelina Sarett
WriterEvangelina Sarett
ProducerEvangelina Sarett

Power Outage

A high school soon-to-be graduate is trying to choose the right path for her future and gets confused by all the different choices she has.

RatingPG
Duration5m53s
DirectorKatariina Koemets
WriterHelena Maarja Tarro
Starring Renate Koemets, Tiu Keomets, Indrek Koemets, Katariina Koemets

Queen Laura

A teenager discovers a poem and tries to uncover the significance of the letter to others.

RatingPG
Duration8m06s
DirectorMatthew Agustin
WriterMatthew Agustin
ProducerSkye Dref
Starring Matthew Agustin

Rap Battle

Two young MC's play a Rap battle. Their rhymes present their different social realities.

RatingPG
Duration3m23s
DirectorStudents of the Multimedia Workshop of Escola Parque

Seeking Refuge

A refugee girl tries to overcome her difficulties in adapting and looks for a way for her father to be able to join his family in their new country.

RatingPG-13
Duration4m45s
DirectorAlicia Ruiz Almeida, Blanca Osuna Ríos, Alba Cuevas Padules, Andy Servían Acosta
WriterAlicia Ruiz Almeida, Blanca Osuna Ríos, Alba Cuevas Padules, Andy Servían Acosta
ProducerEsperanza Coca Quintana

Shallow

A teenager who is lost in her memories has forgotten the way home.

RatingPG-13
Duration11m54s
Directormohamad ghaderi
Writermohamad ghaderi
Producermajid fatahi
Starring zahra derakhshan, linda malkoti khah, moustafa malkoti

Simpering

Is the condition of childhood in the world about the “right opportunity”?

RatingPG
Duration1m35s
DirectorMurshidul Alam Bhuiyan
Starring Orakil Jannat Yeshfe, Md. Ramjan

Still Here

A father lives day to day as if his daughter was still here.

RatingPG
Duration3m09s
DirectorLaila Donnelly
WriterLaila Donnelly, Laila Donnelly
Starring Raymond Donelly, Journi Donelly

Superstar

Kim Min-hyuk, came to Korea from Iran at the age of 7, with his father. After receiving a departer order, he spends a day borrowing suits from his friends to prepare for an important refugee trial tomorrow.

RatingPG-13
Duration18m08s
DirectorTae-yang, LEE
WriterTae-yang, LEE
ProducerSuh-yoon, Jang
Starring Min-heok, Kim

Take Me With You

What do you do when mom won’t let you have a pet?

RatingG
Duration3m22s
DirectorEvangelina Sarett
WriterEvangelina Sarett
ProducerEvangelina Sarett

The Bag

Two teams, each of 2 members, fight each other for a bag.

RatingPG-13
Duration2m39s
DirectorUmair Fareed
WriterUmair Fareed
ProducerUmair Fareed
Starring Zain Aziz, Mubashir Rasheed, Abuzar Shahid, Hasnain Deewan

The Dome of the Sky

A little girl who wants to touch life and wants to play is forced to marry girls who have lost their childhood due to cultures and poverty.

RatingPG
Duration8m35s
Directormohamad ghaderi
Writermohamad ghaderi
Producermajid fatahi
Starring aynaz aghasi

The Ones Who Bought Bushwick

This film explores the historical, political, and economic factors that encouraged development and gentrification in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood.

RatingPG-13
Duration22m29s
ProducerMeryl Feigenberg, Kiara Coleman, Bryan Guartatanga, Iftekar Hossain, Natogoma Amy Konate, Nestor Tobar Meneses, Yassin Paultre, Jeyson Reyes, Diyora Rizayeva, Luis Sanchez, MJ Small, Georges Abigaël Remy, Raul Reyes Velazquez, Josefina Taveras,

There’s Food in the House

Jerry wakes up feeling hungry. Despite all of the food in the house, he does not find anything appealing to him until he goes outside – a place where he knows he’s not supposed to be.

RatingPG
Duration1m57s
DirectorJordyn Rae
WriterJordyn Rae
ProducerJordyn Rae
Starring Michelle Coffin, Jerry Nichols

The Hunted

Are you being hunted…. Run. 4 unsuspecting nobodies, Start getting picked off one by one, by a killer that has no known motive, except for the trill of it. But, with an unsuspecting twist, this story (which is already weird) gets even weirder than ever anticipated. Buckle up, for this roller coaster of a film.

RatingPG-13
Duration12m32s
DirectorZachary Trenkle
WriterZachary Trenkle
ProducerZachary Trenkle, Arturo Chavez
Starring Arturo Chavez, Dylan Martin, Erwin Crespo, Mikey Weigart, Zachary Trenkle

This Impersonal Screen

Watch this video on this impersonal screen.

RatingPG
Duration1m29s
DirectorGabriela Martínez Celaya
WriterGabriela Martínez Celaya
ProducerGabriela Martínez Celaya

Tobi

Tobi lost his father when he was younger, and his mother is ill. But when his best friend Dave is killed on the streets, Tobi starts to fade away from existence and has to fight to survive otherwise he disappears forever.

RatingPG-13
Duration11m43s
DirectorKian Parekh
WriterKian Parekh
ProducerKian Parekh
Starring Alexzander Joseph-Facey, Kian Parekh

To the Only Black Person in the Room

While this letter was addressed to someone who would seem to be far away, the message hits closer to home than one might think.

RatingG
Duration9m22s
DirectorHannah Flores
WriterHannah Flores
ProducerHannah Flores

Trikonomiti

'Trikonomiti' is the story of three sisters from a rural area who do not have their mother anymore. The younger sister writes letters to her mother about what happens every day and how suddenly Corona (Covid-19) came to their rural area.

RatingPG-13
Duration8m55s
DirectorKabbo Kabir
WriterKabbo Kabir, Mujtaba Kabbo, Noshin Moulee
ProducerTeam Kabbo Kabir
Starring Labiba Torsha, Israt AlamKey, Opshora Ohi

What Are We Waiting for

16 year old Hanna cannot leave her home because of her weak immune system. Her boyfriend, Bence, has found something seemingly actually reliable, but Hanna's father has a different solution to her condition. Hanna has to make a crucial decision regarding her future.

RatingPG-13
Duration11m54s
DirectorMárton Csukás
WriterMárton Csukás
ProducerBorbála Csukás
Starring Hanna Kelemen, Ádám Garamvári, Krisztián Kovács

What If

In a homophobic society, a gay boy falls in love with a straight guy who loves a girl.

RatingPG-13
Duration4m20s
DirectorAmir Mohammad Ahmadi
WriterAmir Mohammad Ahmadi
ProducerAmir Mohammad Ahmadi
Starring Ali Shakiba

Words Hurt Too

An experimental short film created to spread awareness about one of the many forms of domestic abuse.

RatingPG-13
Duration2m06s
DirectorMily Patton
Starring Mily Patton

XO

A boy sends a game through origami and plays with the boy next door

RatingG
Duration13m01s
DirectorDinesh Kumar
WriterDinesh Kumar
ProducerDinesh Kumar
Starring Manokarthick, Sandhosh, Dinesh Kumar

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