NEW YORK (WABC) --There's no shortage of famous people at the Tribeca Film Festival each year.
But many of tomorrow's stars get to premiere films there as well thanks to a special program.
Naeem David and Chevon Nelson made a short film that won a prize from the 'Tribeca Film Institute.'
Chevon says, "Now we have something from us to go to the world. I got to share my vision. He got to share his story."
Naeem adds, "It opens up a dream. It makes you realize that what we was reaching for wasn't too far away."
Students from all five boroughs and all nationalities are encouraged to enter the competition called "Our City - My Story."
The short movies are windows into the lives of young people on the verge of becoming adults.
A 'win' for Astoria's Tyler Blake offered him crucial personal validation.
"I wanted to make my parents proud," Tyler says, "But it was also an accomplishment for myself."
Tillie Simon, a classmate of Tyler's at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, made a horror film.
Tillie says, "I felt fantastic that people could be scared by the stuff I came up with. That's a very powerful feeling."
The man who came up with the program, Vee Bravo, calls this year's presentation the most diverse in many years.
"Our City - My Story" presented a hundred films made by students as young as nine and as old as twenty one.