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 magnificent live concert.

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.

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 are accepting 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. Open to submissions nation wide and world wide, but with a special encouragement for filmmakers and playwrights in New Jersey.

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.

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.

*Best Short-Film Youth Division
*Best Short-Film Adult Division
*Best Short-Documentary Youth Division
*Best Short-Documentary Adult Division
*Best Short-Animation Youth Made
*Best Short-Live Action Youth Made
*Best Music Video Youth Made
*Best Photography Youth Made
*Best Short-Film Faith Based Adult Division
*Best Short-Film Faith Based Youth Division
*Best International Film
*Best New Jersey Filmmaker

The Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival Submission Guidelines and Rules are as follows:

• All works submitted must have a story line that is relevant to youth and appropriate for an audience under the age of 18. This includes the title of your project. It must be appropriate for an audience under the age of 18 in order to be considered.
• There are no submission fees for the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival. Guidelines and rules must be followed exactly in order for your project to be accepted for review. Failure to do so will result in automatic disqualification.
• If accepted into the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival, Entrant agrees and accepts to be fully responsible to cover all cost associated to delivery an HD digital video file of the Entry by electronic file transfer or on a physical digital storage device.
• If accepted into the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival, Entrant agrees and accepts to be fully responsible to cover all cost associated with providing the festival with the following promotional materials; such as, high resolution stills, production credits, director’s biography, promotional poster, and press reviews.
* If selected into the festival as a finalist, the filmmaker is completely responsible for any and all transportation/travel/lodging expenses. If filmmaker is unable to attend in person their film will still be screened at the festival.
• Once selected, entries may not be withdrawn from participation in the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival.
• Short-films must have a run time of 2 to 10 minutes. Filmmaker must submit a cover letter that includes your age and a brief detail of your career experience. Cover letter should indicate why you feel your film is a good fit for our festival. Year’s of experience as a filmmaker is limited to 5 year’s or less. Must send a digital copy of the film in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes. If using Vimeo it must have a setting to permit downloading. Entrants may submit their Entry via FilmFreeway; or via email to us at: justbeyoufestival@gmail.com, using a file transfer website such as DropBox. Excepting films in English and foreign language. If foreign language there must be English subtitles or dubbed in English. All international/foreign submissions (outside of the United States) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NTSC FORMAT (National Television System Committee) (not PAL). There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
• Short-documentaries must have a run time of 2 to 10 minutes. Filmmaker must submit a cover letter includes your age and a brief detail of your career experience. Cover letter should indicate why you feel your documentary is a good fit for our festival. Year’s of experience as a filmmaker is limited to 5 year’s or less. Must send a digital copy of the documentary video, in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes. If using Vimeo it must have a setting to permit downloading. Entrants may submit their Entry via FilmFreeway; or via email to us at: justbeyoufestival@gmail.com, using a file transfer website such as DropBox. Excepting documentaries in English and foreign language. If foreign language there must be English subtitles or dubbed in English. All international/foreign submissions (outside of the United States) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NTSC FORMAT (National Television System Committee) (not PAL). There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
• Animation and live action must have a run time of 2 to 10 minutes. Filmmaker must submit a cover letter that includes your age and a brief detail of your career experience. Cover letter should indicate why you feel your animated or live action project is a good fit for our festival. Year’s of experience as a filmmaker is limited to 5 year’s or less. Must send a digital copy in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes. If using Vimeo it must have a setting to permit downloading. Entrants may submit their Entry via FilmFreeway; or via email to us at: justbeyoufestival@gmail.com, using a file transfer website such as DropBox. Excepting animation and live action projects in English and foreign language. If foreign language there must be English subtitles or dubbed in English. All international/foreign submissions (outside of the United States) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NTSC FORMAT (National Television System Committee) (not PAL). There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
• Music videos must have a run time not to exceed 6 minutes. Filmmaker must use original music that he/she created or has license/permission to use in the video. Filmmaker must submit a cover letter that includes your age and a brief detail of your career experience. Cover letter should indicate why you feel your music video is a good fit for our festival. Year’s of experience as a filmmaker is limited to 5 year’s or less. Must send a digital copy in MOV. or MP4 format for screening purposes. If using Vimeo it must have a setting to permit downloading. Entrants may submit their Entry via FilmFreeway; or via email to us at: justbeyoufestival@gmail.com, using a file transfer website such as DropBox. Excepting animation and live action projects in English and foreign language. If foreign language there must be English subtitles or dubbed in English. All international/foreign submissions (outside of the United States) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NTSC FORMAT (National Television System Committee) (not PAL). There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
• Short-play scripts must have an on-stage performance run time maximum of 15 minutes. Stage play performance can also be in the form of a monologue or choreopoem. Playwright must submit a cover letter that includes your age and a brief detail of your career experiece. Cover letter should indicate why you feel your play is a good fit for our festival. Cover letter must indicate rather the play is in production or nonproduction. Year’s of experience is limited to 5 year’s or less. Playwright must also submit the full script not to exceed 15 pages (not including the cover page). Playwright’s last name and the play’s title should be printed on the upper right corner of each page. Each page must be numbered. Entrants may submit their Entry via FilmFreeway; or via email to us at: justbeyoufestival@gmail.com, using a file transfer website such as DropBox, or as a PDF file attachment. All international/foreign submissions (outside of the United States) MUST BE SUBMITTED IN NTSC FORMAT (National Television System Committee) (not PAL). There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS REQUIREMENT.
• We gladly accept submissions from all over the world.
• We encourage submissions from: New Jersey filmmakers/playwrights, minorities/people of color, grade school students, youth in the foster care system, churches with a youth ministry.
• Entrant hereby irrevocably grants the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival the following rights with respect to the Entry on a “free-use” “free-to-use” “no-fee” basis: the right to exhibit the Entry publically one or multiple times during the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival event.
• If accepted into the festival Entrant shall receive notification in writing; via email, along with any additional guidelines for the presenting of their work during the festival; which shall include a liability, media release, code of conduct, and reproduction agreement.
• Entries will not be returned.
• This festival is for independent filmmakers/playwrights.
• Projects submitted to the festival must have been completed after February 9, 2016.
• If you have questions about the submission process you may contact us via email at: jusbeyoufestival@gmail.com. Please include your name and the words “JBY Festival Submission Inquiry” in the subject line of the email. We will respond to your inquire as quickly as possible.
• By submitting an Entry to the Just Be You Performing Arts Film & Theater Festival, you attest and certify that all information provided is accurate and complete, that you have the authority/authorization to submit said Entry for consideration, and that you have read, understand, and agree to all terms of Entry.