Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Youth Diversity Film Fest Set for Saturday April 28th

Staff from pose with Wendy Raquel Robinson and youth filmmakers & participants at a previous Youth Diversity Short Film Festival. 2018’s AA Film Marketplace & S. E. Manly Short Film Festival is April 28th-29th at Raleigh Studios Hollywood & Kick off April 27th at the Nate Holden. For info:

*The African American Film Marketplace and S. E. Manly Short Film Festival takes place this weekend at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  Saturday April 28th through Sunday, April 29, 2018 films will be screened from 10 am until 10 pm.

A special invite goes out to the general public to attend the BHERC Youth Diversity Short Film Festival, featuring young aspiring filmmakers of tomorrow from local arts organizations and high schools, as well as communities across the country.

The Youth portion of the S. E. Manly Short Film Festival takes place on Saturday morning from 9 am to noon beginning with breakfast.  This portion is also free to the public.  This is a great opportunity for students, parents, educators, cinematic artists & aficionados to experience the great wealth of talent coming from youth who are using film as a medium to make their voices heard.

Director Ryan Coogler with Chadwick Boseman on the set of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther c. Disney/Marvel

Gina Prince Bythewood (Secret Life of Bees) and Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) are among the alumni of  filmmakers who have benefited from the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center and their support of African American filmmakers.  With BHERC, you never know who might pop up for a visit during the full weekend of films and festivities. For a full line up visit

Sunday Morning, Films With A Purpose hosts the LA Premier of “21 and Done.” The untold story of youth aging out of the foster care system. This special event features a post-screening Q and A session with the filmmakers followed by brunch.

Closing the Festivities on Sunday night includes the classic Soul Food & Film Reception at 9:00 p.m.  The costs include: Opening Night Festivities $55 (at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, 4708 W Washington Blvd, LA, CA 90016); a pass for a block of films is only $15 for students with ID and $20 for the general public; All Day Pass is $50; “21 and Done” Premier is $25; Closing Night Reception is $25 (Soul Food & Film); and the Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night, All Day Pass for films, Closing Night Reception, T-Shirt and BHERC Commemorative Bag) is $150.

To purchase tickets and for the complete schedule, please visit or call (310) 284-3170.  To attend the Film Festival consider riding LA Metro – GO METRO: Take the Metro Local Line 10/48 to Melrose Ave. & Van Ness. Raleigh Studios is right across the bus stop on Melrose Avenue. Plan your trip on or call 323.GO. METRO (323.466.3876).

LaRita Shelby
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as Director of Digital Strategy and Sales at Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film.



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