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 hilarious comedy concert and exciting awards ceremony.

We were fortunate to use the top-notch film festival platform, FilmFreeway, as our festival's sponsor/partner and primary submission portal. 

Check out our profile at www.FilmFreeway.com/JustBeYouPerformingArtsFestival

Thanks to FilmFreeway's dynamic platform, we received SEVERAL HUNDRED film submissions from all over the world! Marvelous places, far and wide! From Michigan, New York, California, Nebraska, and several other places in the U.S. From Brazil, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Africa, and many other countries around the globe!

Our festival is MORE THAN JUST A FILM FESTIVAL! So much more!

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

The submission process for this season of our festival is closed. However, for future reference/knowledge, 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 accepted 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. Our festival was 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.