Actor, Director and Philanthropist, William Allen Young speaks to students at BHERC ’s 2023 Youth Diversity Film Festival. (Courtesy photo)

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) will present the 14th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival (YDFF) on Saturday, March 23, at Regal L.A. Live, 1000 West Olympic Blvd, in Los Angeles. Films can also be viewed online at www.BHERC.TV through Sunday, March 24.

The BHERC YDFF is one of the longest-running youth film festivals to focus on diversity. YDFF filmmakers share short narratives, animation, and docu-short films from various topics related to what youth are experiencing today.

“Storytelling is unique in that it is not bound by age. And that is what we see in the films offered by the Youth Diversity Film Festival, storytelling in its purist form because it is rooted in the belief of young people,” said YDFF Director Robert McCune.

“These are the storytellers that will write the next generation of this world’s history. And each film is a new page in that history.”

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Teacher Darryl McCane with YDFF student filmmakers. (Courtesy photo)

YDFF will feature nearly 2,000 submissions from more than 8 different countries. Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC president stated, “We are excited with the continued growth of the festival and the students focus dealing with diverse issues.”

A vital component of the festival is the panels featuring professionals in the entertainment industry. These panels provide career information, experience, and learning by some of the leading professionals in the television and film industries.

BHERC invites young people from the U.S. and across the globe, industry professionals, and the community to join us for this great festival of incredible films from our youth.

“This festival is presented annually to continue the BHERC mission to provide an outlet and opportunity for young filmmakers around the globe to share their stories about issues, challenges, and successes to a broad audience,” added McCune.

Admission to festival is $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors. For information or to register for YDFF, visit