The Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center is soliciting entries for its two-day Youth Diversity Film Festival, set to stream virtually next month on

The annual festival, scheduled for Jan. 16-17, was created 11 years ago as an opportunity for emerging youth filmmakers to showcase their skills, talent and vision.

The event comes on the heels of the success of the monthlong 26th annual African American Film Marketplace and S.E. Manly Short Film Showcase, which was also conducted virtually over October and November amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“With such a great response to our large festival by attendees who watched on-demand industry panels, special events, screenings and the 140 curated films told by diverse filmmakers from 18 countries, we wanted to continue our commitment to youth by providing a distinct opportunity for them to shine and amplify their work,” said Billie J. Green, the youth festival director.

The youth festival will present a combination of 50-plus short films by middle and high school students. The deadline for entry submission is Dec. 31.

In addition to screening films, the center will introduce participating youth ages 9 to 18 to top professionals in the film, television and animation industries through panels with Q&A sessions.

For more information on the submission process, go to

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