The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (PJIFF) has been entertaining audiences in the greater San Francisco Bay Area for more than 15 years. We promote inclusion, diversity, and women empowerment; educate people of all ages about filmmaking; and encourage everyone to “find their voice through film.”

In 2021, like many other festivals, Poppy Jasper’s annual festival turned all-virtual. For the first time, our wide variety of films, panel discussions, and filmmaker conversations was available worldwide. We have as a result forged a stronger bond with the international filmmakers whose films made up 2/3 of the festival’s 2021 offerings. Circumstances permitting, we anticipate a hybrid festival in April of 2022.

PJIFF is based just south of Silicon Valley in the towns of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, and San Juan Bautista. The festival’s name is drawn from a semiprecious mineral found only in this region. We look forward to once again welcoming visitors to the historic downtowns of our host communities, where local restaurants, breweries, and wineries join in making festival visitors feel right at home.

PJIFF was honored to receive “Best of the Fest” honors at the 2019 Fest Forum in Santa Barbara, and we are thrilled to be one of MovieMaker Magazine’s Top 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee for 2021.

Before You Submit

Please submit your film to the category in which you would want your film to be considered for selection and “Best Of” honors.

If submitting in a Student or Local category, your film will be considered for selection for Student or Local day. Remember to include proof of student status or contact address with California zip code. If as a student or local filmmaker you prefer to be considered for selection and honors in the main festival, please submit in a genre / type specific category instead.

We are committed to inclusion and diversity, and strive to select films that honor that ethic. Half of our selected films will be from women directors. We typically have a program of shorts and a few feature-length films. English closed captioning and audio description are encouraged but not required. Foreign-language films must have English subtitles.

Learn more about our communities by visiting their websites: https://visitgilroy.com/ , https://www.visitmorganhill.org/ and http://www.discoversanbenitocounty.com/

Awards & Prizes
Poppy Jasper makes "Director's Circle" and “Jury’s Choice” awards unlinked to the genre, and chooses "Best Of Fest" awards in over a dozen categories, including:
Action
Animation
Comedy
Different Abilities
Drama
Feature Fiction
Feature Documentary
Feature Narrative
Horror
LGBTQIA
Music Video
Sci-Fi
Short Documentary
Student - Youth, High School, and College

The film completion date should be 2020, 2021, 2022

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Elizabeth Chatelain

    This is a truly wonderful festival. Maddie is incredible, she puts so much work and love into the event and it really shows! She meets personally with each of the filmmakers, and makes you feel like you're a special part of the festival. And the community involvement is fantastic too. Thank you for a lovely experience!

    July 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Elizabeth for the kudos! It was such a gift to have you at the festival this year along with your wonderful film! We are happy you enjoyed it, we look forward to seeing your next film and hope you visit again soon.

  • I was not able to make it to Poppy Jasper in person but my producer and editor were, they facetimed me and described their whole experience - telling me they had an incredible time and even saying they plan on going again next year in person. I had folks reach out to me after my screening to tell me they loved my film, my producer said everyone was so kind and really knew what they were doing! Highly highly recommend!

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Olivia! Finding Beast was a highlight of the festival. So sorry you couldn't make it but we were delighted to have your Producer and Editor attend and look forward to seeing them next year! They had so many great stories about the making of your film that our audiences really enjoyed hearing. We look forward to seeing what you do next!

  • I met so many wonderful filmmakers at Poppy Jasper and the team made being in Morgan Hill feel like I was coming home. The community and vibe at this festival can't be beat. Thank you to everyone!

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Katie, for the kudos! We really appreciate it and will share it with the whole PJIFF Team and community! Looking forward to when we meet again!

  • It was a great honor to be a part of your amazing festival. Thank you for everything

    April 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nahd! Your film "A Dead Sea" is such a beautiful film. Thank you for sharing it with us and our audience!

  • David Butterfield

    We had a great time at the Poppy Jasper film festival. Thank you for including our two movies "Stranger in the Night" and "Smoking Gun". we look forward to next years festival.

    April 2022