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: , and

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:
Different Abilities
Feature Fiction
Feature Documentary
Music Composition
Short Documentary

Film completion date should be 2019, 2020, or 2021.

Overall Rating
  • Havish Ravipati

    Very accessible to speak with, friendly and accepting to filmmakers of all backgrounds.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Havish! We really appreciate it!

  • Milla Spivey

    Great festival with lots of impressive films from every corner of the world (loved the Iranian short films, amazing filmmaking). The programmers did an awesome job, loved their selections! This year of Covid it was all virtual, but still a great way to learn. The various panels also gave good insight and advice.

    April 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Milla for your kind words, we really appreciate it!

  • Lightstream Israel

    Great people. Very committed to support and promote the films of the festivals!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Lightstream Israel! That means so much to us coming from you!

  • Nice festival, even in times of covid they manage to keep movies arriving to audience with social initiatives.

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Marc!

  • Samuel Gordon

    Fantastic festival and what a great community! Mattie and her team made the festival great for the filmmakers, and we felt very welcomed. It was a great pleasure to screen our film at this festival, and I look forward to partaking with my upcoming films for years to come.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    We were lucky to have you and we look forward to seeing your next film!