Festival Story

The Vision


The Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival (Just Be You Festival for short) will be a celebration of all that we produce artistically. With four strong years under our belt; as an innovative production company and mentoring organization in New Jersey; our first annual festival shall be a continuation of our stellar reputation, for being a champion for children!

We will have an amazing interactive workshop for young artists; a symposium featuring industry professionals, as well as, an explosive talent competition. The festival also includes presentations of short-plays and short-films. Finally, we put the icing on the cake, with a magnificent live concert.

The Mission

This is a youth driven festival that will bring filmmakers, playwrights, artists, and industry professionals together, to celebrate works that are relevant to today's youth. We are bridging the generational gap by incorporating an inclusive festival that gives both youth and adult filmmakers a voice and a platform. 

The Purpose

By attending and/or submitting to our festival; you'll benefit from a diverse event, great networking, food, entertainment, vendors, and talented artistry. The Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival will be a family-friendly event that creates a mutually supportive community and a voice for all artists. 

The Submission Process

There is no submission fee for filmmakers or playwrights. We understand the realities of an aspiring filmmaker or playwright's economic challenges. As such, there are no submission fees to submit a body of work to our festival. We are accepting submissions from filmmakers and playwrights as young as 5 year's old because even a kindergartner deserves a voice and has something profound to say. Open to submissions nation wide and world wide, but with a special encouragement for filmmakers and playwrights in New Jersey. 

The Benefits

Audience members won't just sit and watch, they will engage and participate. Our festival will give audience members opportunities to get involved during the event with a variety of fun activities. The festival takes place on the main stage of the historic Brook Arts Center so our audience won't have to miss any of the action. 

Filmmakers, playwrights, and artists will greatly benefit from participating in a festival with a unique focus on today's youth. We are thrilled to provide this wonderful opportunity.

The Venue

Our festival will be held at the Brook Arts Center, 10 Hamilton Street Bound Brook, New Jersey. A beautiful historic 600 seat theater just one block from the Bound Brook NJTransit train station. Just Be You Performing Arts is proud to call the Brook Arts Center our new home for this amazing event.