Join us for New Jersey's premier film festival completely for the youth!
New and better venue! To be held on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey
Friday, August 30, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. (you can attend all or part of the festival)
Rutgers University Paul Robeson Campus Center Dance Theater 3rd Floor
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Newark, New Jersey - parking is off-street meters
We are excited to announce our new open-mic stand-up comedy contest. To register click the button below! Next open-mic contest Friday, September 20, 2019 in Rahway, New Jersey. We especially like female stand-up comi
We are seeking outgoing people to join our team of volunteer interns for the 2nd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival on Friday, August 30, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. To apply click the button below!
THE 2018 FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!
We are so thrilled and wish to congratulate all the AWARD WINNING filmmakers, photographer, and our talent contestant. We screened over 30 films live at the festival. The audience was excited to see films from ALL OVER THE WORLD! As well as, homegrown films made in New Jersey! The Just Be You Festival is a celebration of all things Just Be You Performing Arts; film, theater, music, dance, fashion, comedy, and a live concert. This one of a kind festival; with a youth driven focus, featured engaging entertainment, education, and tons of fun! We are already making plans for the 2019 season! Bigger and better!! Be sure to sign up for our email subscription list to receive updates. You can also follow us on Facebook! Thank you to all of the participants for helping us make the festival a fabulous experience! We awarded several scholarships to kids at the festival!
To see our list of AWARD winning filmmakers, photographer and talent contestant; click on the AWARDS page!
Make a donation to help us continue creating events and programs for youth in the arts - click on our SPONSOR page and help us support the dreams of young performing artist and filmmakers! Any donation big or small makes a difference and we sincerely THANK YOU!
Just Be You Performing Arts was founded and created by accomplished actress, writer, director and producer, Mahogany Reynolds-Clarke; a champion for children, who wanted to develop an organization for kids, to inspire and mentor them to dream big. We were born in Rahway, New Jersey in 2014 and since then have grown up to be a strong platform for youth in the performing arts; as well as, emerging artists of all ages.
Over recent years, Just Be You Performing Arts have produced several innovative shows and events in New Jersey. Ranging from comedy, fashion, talent showcases, free workshops for kids, original plays and musicals. We are a diverse organization that strives to produce events with a spirit of excellence. We are excited about the new endeavors we're planning for 2019. The best is yet to come!
"Thank you so much for having Anna in the fashion show portion of the festival. She had a wonderful time and the information you provided about auditioning was very helpful. It was a great experience."
Christine Grasso, parent
"It was an honor to be a part of."
Festival Production Ambassador
"Love it! Thank you!!!"
Festival Production Ambassador
"The event yesterday looked to be awesome and encouraging to the youth. Big congratulations from all of us on a big success in only your first year. A big hug from here."
Tom Curak, festival official finalist, "Rails to the Beat" - Barcelona Spain
"Thank you very much for selecting my film as an award winner. I am greatly honored and humbled."
Jessica Robles, festival official Award Winner, Best Short Documentary Adult Division "Of a 6-Year-Old Girl" - Rahway, New Jersey
"Thank you so much. That is great news. Had a good time and there was a lot of talented students."
Chris Cullen, teacher of festival official Award Winner, Alex Lehotsky of "Double C" - Middletown, New Jersey
"We sure did make history!!!! It was a blessing to be a part of this!!!! Much love and thanks so much for entrusting me with the role of Host!!!"
"I am soooo very proud and happy for you. I will be reaching out soon to set up a new interview."
Live with Kaydee Barnett Radio Show
"Nothing but love. Let’s make it happen and thank you for all that you do for our young people."
Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly
Festival VIP Guest of Honor
Festival Emmy Award Worthy Sponsor
"I enjoyed the event. So many talented youngsters."
Photographer at the festival
"I think the festival was really good. The kids were really good too."
Festival Photographer in Training
Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly is a platinum selling recording artist of the legendary hip-hop group, Lords of the Underground, and will be making an appearance at the festival!
He is the CEO of DoItAll Media group; formerly known as 211 Media Group, a company that specializes in all forms of media, television, film production, and event planning.
One of the founders of 211 Community Impact, a non-profit organization in Newark, New Jersey. He devotes his time, talent and energy into helping his community.
BellStar is a 55 time trophy winning artist, in just two years! She is an eight year old second grader who loves to act, sing, and dance.
BellaStar has performed live on stage in front of thousands. She is a dynamic performer and will be performing during the festival's awards ceremony.
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