Just Be You Festival Story

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The Vision

 

WE ARE EXTENDING OUR FILM SUBMISSION EXCLUSIVELY FOR NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS - SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE DETAILS! DEADLINE IS JULY 4, 2019.


The 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 four 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!


We kicked off the festival with a fun fashion show featuring child models. Then we held an interactive audition technique workshop for young artists. An exciting highlight was the debut of our unique talent competition "Just Be You Performing Arts Triple-Threat Talent Competition". Contestants wowed the audience by competing in three areas of the arts: acting, singing and dancing. We had contestants in the United States and overseas from the United Kingdom (England). 


During our event we screened over 30 wonderful films by fimmakers from all over the world, such as, Malaysia, Nigeria, Canada, India, and France. Plus, wonderful films made in America, including films by New Jersey filmmakers. We also showcased excellent works of photography submitted by young photographers.


Finally, we put the icing on the cake, with a dazzling Awards Ceremony, that featured our Special Guest Performer, Bella "BellaStar" Cruz, who took the stage by storm, with an amazing dance and vocal performance. Our VIP Guest of Honor, Dupre "DoItAll" Kelly, a community leader from Newark, New Jersey, and a platinum selling recording artists of the legendary hip-hop group "Lords of the Underground", gave a very inspiring motivational speech at the festival. 


During the awards ceremony, hilarious stand-up comedians, Andrew Barrow and Candace Kelley, both of New Jersey, dished out funny jokes. An outlandish magician, Vince the Magician, also of New Jersey, entertained the children with a funny magic show, with an adorable bunny rabbit.


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: https://filmfreeway.com/JustBeYouPerformingArtsYouthFestival


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 was MORE THAN JUST A FILM FESTIVAL! So much more! And now we are making plans for 2019!


Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates!


We are producing the festival again in Newark, New Jersey on Friday, August 30, 2019, Rutger's University Paul Robeson Campus Center Dance Theater - 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


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 Friday, August 30, 2019 in Newark, 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/

GET FESTIVAL TICKETS! we offer several options!

FILM SUBMISSION EXTENDED!

CALLING ALL NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS

We have extended our film submissions exclusively for NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS!

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TO US DIRECTLY BY JULY 4, 2019

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 ARE EXTENDING THE SUBMISSION TO GIVE MORE NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK!


*ADULT NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS OVER THE AGE OF 18 HAVE A SMALL SUBMISSION FEE OF JUST $20 (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 UNDER THE AGE OF 18 - THERE IS NO SUBMISSION FEE (proof of age is required at time of submission email your school ID). 


*THIS EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS EXPIRES ON JULY 4, 2019.

SUBMIT YOUR FILM TODAY!

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.

submit your film by july 4, 2019!

EXCLUSIVELY FOR NEW JERSEY FILMMAKERS!

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Selected films will be contacted on July 30, 2019

We thank you for your submission! Films selected to participate in the festival will be contacted on July 30, 2019.

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