Youth filmmakers defy the challenges of COVID – 19 reaching across languages, states and oceans to share their stories and renew their hopes for a brighter future thru film.

The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center (BHERC) announces the 12th Annual Youth Diversity Film Festival (YDFF) starting Saturday, January 15, thru Sunday, January 30, 2022, online at www.BHERC.TV.

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. This year, YDFF increased its outreach for submissions utilizing Film Freeway, receiving 1877 submissions from the 39 US states and 17 countries.

 “There is a trend in the filmmaking this year that focuses on compelling and emotional themes on issues of mental health, social and economic issues, sci-fi, family and student life, environmental issues and fantasy,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, BHERC President.

“Our goal is to celebrate our young filmmakers, provide a cross-cultural experience and expose them to professionals in the industry.  We are delighted to provide this platform and spotlight their perseverance and determination.”

The 60 films selected are as diverse as the areas they hail from and the young filmmakers who represent US cities including Brooklyn, NY, Charlottesville, VA, Clovis, CA, Harrisburg, PA, Kalamazoo, MI, Kissimmee, FL, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Waianae, HI, and Washington D.C.

International selections hail from Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Czech Republic, Greece, India, Islamic Republic, Italy, Korea Republic, Malaysia, Mexico, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Tehran, and the United Kingdom.  The 2022 film festival includes films in multiple genres, including comedy, drama, romance, horror, animation, documentary, and sci-fi.

A vital component of the festival is the panels.  Set to provide mentorship and inside, real-time real-life information and experience by some of the best professionals in the television and film industries, BHERC YDFF will give once again the following industry panels as listed in the following:

2022 Youth Diversity Film Festival | Saturday, January 15 thru Sunday, January 30, 2022


Saturday, January 15th

10:00 AM        Films Available for Viewing – www.Bherc.TV

1:00 PM          Opening Ceremony/Event – www.Bherc.TV. Meet the filmmakers and get insight into taking full advantage of the festival.

2:30 PM          “Writing Animation for Television”

Panelists: Animators Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs, an award-winning writing team from Oakland, California, with television, animation, and comics currently Staff Writers for Warner Bros. Animation and Calvin Brown, Jr., Disney.

Sunday, January 16th

2:00 PM          Special Screening: “Unjust and Unequal: Education in Black and White” Panel and Conversation to follow.

Monday, January 17th

5:00 PM          Filmmakers Roundtable: Why Did You Choose Your Subject?  Join young filmmakers in a candid discussion about their filmmaking process and selection of their story topics.

Saturday, January 22nd

2:00 PM          Scriptwriting for Short Films – Panelist, Larry Ulrich, Independent Filmmaker.

Saturday, January 29th

2:00 PM           Meet Members of the Creative Coalition of Color.

BHERC invites young people from the US and across the globe, industry professionals, and the community to join us for this great festival of incredible films from our youth.
Register online at  Admission for the online festival: Festival Pass $25.00/Adults, $15.00/Youth; Day Pass $10.00/Adult, $5.00/Youth.

For information about the BHERC YDFF festival, contact Billie J. Green at email: [email protected] or by phone: (323) 732-6275. For additional details about BHERC and all of its programs, visit