Just Be You FILM Festival Story

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The Vision

WE MADE HISTORY IN NEW JERSEY

DURING THE 2ND ANNUAL 

JUST BE YOU PERFORMING ARTS YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

HELD ON AUGUST 29, 2019



For 2019, we made a big decision to move the  festival to A NEW LOCATION!


Rahway, New Jersey


The birthplace of Just Be You Performing Arts five years ago!


This is a positive change and we are super excited to bring this family friendly event to the great city of Rahway.


#rahwayishappening


The inaugural Just Be You Performing Arts Youth Film Festival (Just Be You Festival for short) was a dynamic celebration of all that we produce artistically. With five strong years under our belt; as an innovative production company and mentoring organization in New Jersey; our inaugural festival year on September 29, 2018 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, was a groundbreaking continuation of our stellar reputation, for being a champion for children! and was featured as a cover story in USA Today Home News Tribune!


The Just Be You Festival is one-of-a-kind. MORE THAN JUST A FILM FESTIVAL! So much more! And our second season is going to be epic!


We received films from children all over the world! Places like: China, London, Paris, Australia, India, and all throughout the United States. 


We especially sought out New Jersey filmmakers, female filmmakers, and filmmakers of color.


The results were amazing!


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FREE for kids and teens under the age of 17 year's-old with an adult.


GREAT FILMS! GREAT NETWORKING!

FABULOUS ENTERTAINMENT! AMAZING YOUTH!

The Mission

This was an entirely youth driven and youth focused festival that brought filmmakers, playwrights, directors, artists, and industry professionals together, to celebrate works that are relevant to today's youth. We bridged 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 Youth Film Festival will be a family-friendly event that creates a mutually supportive community and a voice for all artists. 

The Submission Process

The world wide and nation wide submission process for this season of our festival is closed. However, for future reference/knowledge, we accept 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 is open to submissions nation wide and world wide, but with a special encouragement for filmmakers and playwrights in New Jersey. As well as, African-American filmmakers, and female filmmakers.


For a limited time we are having an exclusive submission for New Jersey filmmakers!

The Benefits

Audience members didn't just sit and watch, they were able to engage and participate! How fun! They weren't just spectators but participators in the experience. Our festival gave audience members opportunities to get involved during the event with a variety of fun activities. The festival took place on the main stage of the historic Brook Arts Center so our audience didn't have to miss any of the action.  For 2019, we are moving the festival to a more centrally located area, to open the opportunity to more children. 


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

2019's Festival!

Our festival will return for it's second year on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Rahway, New Jersey. We are super excited and we received films from all over the world! So please join our mailing list for all of the wonderful updates. Or, follow us on social media: https://www.facebook.com/justbeyoufestival/

JUST BE YOU FILM FESTIVAL 2019 SCHEDULE

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FESTIVAL OPENING!

DOORS OPEN AT 12:00 NOON

FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WITH OPENING REMARKS & WELCOME

PLUS, AN INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY FOR THE AUDIENCE

FILM SCREENINGS SHOWCASE FESTIVAL FINALIST!

FILMS WILL BE SHOWCASED

BACK-TO-BACK

1:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

FILM SCREENING BLOCK ONE - 1 P.M. TO 2 P.M.

FILM CATEGORIES

  • BEST PHOTOGRAPHY YOUTH MADE
  • BEST SHORT FILM ADULT DIVISION
  • BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY YOUTH DIVISION
  • BEST LIVE ACTION YOUTH MADE
  • BEST MUSIC VIDEO YOUTH MADE

FILM SCREENING BLOCK TWO - 2 P.M. TO 3 P.M.

FILM CATEGORIES

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM ADULT DIVISION
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM YOUTH DIVISION
  • BEST ANIMATION YOUTH MADE
  • BEST SHORT FILM YOUTH DIVISION
  • BEST NEW JERSEY FILMMAKER YOUTH DIVISION

FILM SCREENING BLOCK THREE - 3 P.M. TO 4 P.M.

FILM CATEGORIES

  • BEST NEW JERSEY DANCE VIDEO YOUTH MADE
  • BEST SHORT ANIMATION YOUTH MADE
  • SPECIAL FEATURED SCREENING "CHI-nanigans" the children's comedy series by Jil Ross - 3 EPISODES WITH ASL (American Sign Language)


Q & A SESSION TALK BACK

with Filmmakers Present

4:00 TO 4:30 P.M.

FESTIVAL AWARDS CEREMONY!

AWARDS CEREMONY BEGINS AT 5 P.M.


LIVE PERFORMANCES!

GUEST YOUTH SPEAKER!

ANNOUNCEMENT OF AWARD RECIPIENTS!

FESTIVAL FINALE & CLOSING REMARKS!


CELEBRATION RECEPTION

6 P.M. TO 7 P.M.


(schedule subject to change)

(more detailed schedule will be at the event)

FILM SUBMISSION FOR 2020 OPENING SOON!

CALLING ALL NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS

We will open our film submissions for the year 2020 very soon and will offer an exclusively submission fee for NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS!

JOIN OUR MAILING LIST FOR UPDATES!

HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:


*IF YOU ARE A NEW JERSEY BASED FILMMAKER YOU CAN SUBMIT DIRECTLY TO US HERE ON OUR WEBSITE!


*ALL GUIDELINE RULES STILL APPLY - YOU MUST READ THE FESTIVAL GUIDELINES AT;  https://filmfreeway.com/JustBeYouPerformingArtsYouthFestival 


*WE WILL OFFER AN EXCLUSIVELY SUBMISSION RATE TO GIVE MORE NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK!


*ADULT NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS OVER THE AGE OF 18 WILL HAVE A SMALL SUBMISSION FEE OF JUST $10 (one film per submission)


* ADULT FILMMAKERS - YOUR FILM WILL NOT BE REVIEWED FOR CONSIDERATION UNLESS THE SUBMISSION FEE IS PAID 


*ALL YOUTH NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS  17 YEAR'S-OLD OR YOUNGER - THERE WILL STILL BE NO SUBMISSION FEE (proof of age is required at time of submission email your school ID). 


GET YOUR FILM READY!

When we announce the 3rd season submissions is open, just fill out the submission form, and if you are an adult New Jersey filmmaker you must pay the submission fee - fees will not be waived for adult filmmakers. There is no submission fee for youth New Jersey filmmakers. There are no refunds. All films must meet our guidelines for appropriate content.

3RD SEASON SUBMISSIONS OPENING SOON!

EXCLUSIVELY DISCOUNT FOR NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS!

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We thank you for your submission! Films selected to participate in the festival will be contacted at the close of the submission process.

Just Be You Performing Arts

New Jersey Adult Filmmakers Submission Opening Soon!