We are so excited to announce the new location for the 4th Annual
Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival. This will be our first time hosting the film festival in a real live movie theater!
(photo credit: Arts Quest Center, Bethlehem, PA)
Join us for the Just Be You Film Festival in Bethlehem, PA, on August 18, 2022. Featuring a marvelous showcase of short films by youth filmmakers. Family Pass includes free admission for children!
(photo credit: Steel Stacks, Bethlehem, PA)
New Jersey's premier film festival completely for the youth! FREE for kids and teens was absolutely EPIC! GROUND BREAKING! AND HISTORICAL! Great press coverage and a wonderful turn out! Thank you to all our sponsors and those who participated in season 2 of the festival
Season 3 of the film festival was postponed to our great dismay, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we kept the festival alive by accepting film submissions from youth all over the world. Now, we are coming back in 2022. Bigger and Better!
SEASON 4 OF THE FESTIVAL IS COMING TO LEHIGH VALLEY, PENNSYLVANIA
We are thrilled to announce the return of the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival.
Film screenings showcase at the Arts Quest Cinema in beautiful Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. This event will feature a showcase of short-films submitted by youth filmmakers from season 3 and 4 of this dynamic film festival. The event will be broken up into film blocks with a schedule.
The awards ceremony at the Riverside Park and Amphitheatre in historic Easton, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28, 2022 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. This event will feature the awards ceremony plus fun workshops and entertainment.
We made history during our 2nd Annual Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival, on August 29, 2019. We are proud to be the premier all youth driven, all youth made, all youth focused, exclusively for youth, film festival of New Jersey.
We were interviewed by the press the day of the festival - how exciting!!!
We were so thrilled to honor all the AWARD WINNING filmmakers and photographers. We screened over 33 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!
Our first festival, held in September 2018; was so unique that it was featured in USA Today Home News Tribune in September 2018. What a huge milestone!
The Just Be You Film Festival 2018 & 2019 was a celebration of all things Just Be You Performing Arts; film, theater, music, dance, fashion, comedy, and a live performances. This one of a kind festival; with a youth driven focus, featured engaging entertainment, education, and tons of fun, all by KIDS!!!!
The 2019 festival was held at the Rahway Public Library Auditorium to great success. We had a full house and enjoyed a marvelous showcase of short films. The press came out to interview us! It was another historic milestone
in New Jersey.
We planned to take the festival on a three city tour in 2020, but unfortunately, due to the coivd-19 pandemic, our plans were hindered. Nevertheless, we kept the festival alive by accepting submissions from youth filmmakers
from all over the world.
Now, we are coming back in 2022, bigger and better, with a two part event. in lovely Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, donors, and volunteers, for helping us make previous festival events a fabulous experience!
We truly appreciate you!
We are seeking sponsors for the 2022 event. Click the button below for our sponsor page. Help us support the dreams of young performing artists 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 2013 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 2022.
The show must go on!
"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 was a key sponsor of the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival in 2018 and he made an appearance at the festival with an uplifting speech to the kids.
Bella "BellaStar" Cruz is an award-winning artists. She travels and performs live at various competitions and events. BellaStar was the VIP Special Guest Performer at the Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival in 2018 and served as an inspiration to the children.
Adora Danae is an up and coming singer and songwriter from New Jersey. At the young age of 20, Adora has already been featured on News 12 NJ, USA Today, Broadway World, and the Star Ledger, for her immaculate vocal performances during several Just Be You Performing Arts events.