Concrete Stories: BRIC Youth Media Festival is planned, promoted, designed, and judged entirely by media-savvy high school students as part of the BRIC Youth Media Fellowship Program. Meet the 2021 Youth Media Fellows!


Check out the award recipients from the 7th Annual Concrete Stories:
BRIC Youth Media Festival, selected by the 2020 Youth Media Fellows.

Concrete Stories aims to promote conversations around the power and potential of young people by showcasing authentic, entertaining, and diverse works by New York youth media makers under the age of 21. The virtual event features the screening of a collection of short docs, fiction films, music videos, and animations. Awards are given for directing, storytelling, cinematography, acting, editing, and viewer's choice.

The festival is run by the Youth Media fellows and gives a platform to young people to express themselves as well as to demonstrate their skills. It is important to bring people together in a time when we are physically apart in order to create community. Our goal is to instill confidence and validate the story and experiences of the filmmakers.

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A look at the 2020 Concrete Stories Award Recipients!

Invasion Of The Culture Snatchers (10 min) | Concrete Stories Award

A college student returns to his neighborhood for summer break, but something has changed. The bodega is under new management and the new owners have ulterior motives for the neighborhood.

By Jaire Marshall; Reel Works.

Merrymakers (11 min) | Best Directing

Two middle school girls sneak out one Saturday night to the West Village. Over the course of the night, they learn about themselves, each other, and what it means to grow up.

By Elena Goluboff; Reel Works.

Ocean’s View (11 min) | Best Editing

After his prison release for marijuana charges, Ocean struggles to come to terms with a society that now idolizes marijuana.

By Christian Colon, Marianelia Gonzalez, Serina Griffin, Arlet Guallpa, Zilana Lee, Rosemary Colon-Martinez, Joel Pacheo, Kylan Barrajanos-Powe, Mateo Zules; DCTV.

Do You Want To Play With Me (5 min) | Best Cinematography & Viewer’s Choice Award

Maxine's escape plan from detention takes a quick turn when she discovers a magical time travel remote. During her journey, she learns the real usage for the time machine and learns from her mistakes by getting a chance to show empathy instead of anger.

By Zephan Ryan, Rafael Lantz, Laith Esa, Danny Virorlyansky, Lucy Rudenzan, Trinity White; Manhattan Youth.

Broken (6 min) | Best Storytelling

Based on a personal experience, Broken follows immigrant adolescent Rebecca as she navigates the harsh adult world in order to prevent the deportation of her father.

By Stephenie Hernandez, Diego Rojas-Marin, Ashley Cervantes, Sharde Alexander, Lincoln Mayers, Allen Ventura, Neil Leggard, Mahalia Clair; Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High School.