Poppy Jasper Inc. is a non-profit that has been promoting film and creativity through its annual Poppy Jasper International Film Festival for more than 15 years. Based in Gilroy and Morgan Hill, Hollister and San Juan Bautista, it's been affiliated with the historic Granada Theater and has enjoyed strong community support as one of a handful of art festivals in the Gilroy and Morgan Hill region that regularly draws over 3000 people to its 8-day festival. Our mission is to celebrate artistic achievement in film, promote tomorrow’s filmmakers, create a space where filmmakers can learn from each other and industry professionals, and educate youth, adults, seniors and veterans about careers in film and the digital arts.

We give out a "Best Of" in each genre, "Director's Choice" Awards, and several other awards.

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  • 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
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    Response from festival:

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

  • Transmute Pictures

    Incredible festival! The entire town comes together to welcome filmmakers from across the globe and really makes them feel at home! We were treated exceptionally well not just by the festival staff (who picked us up from the airport!) but local businesses and people alike. The filmmaker's brunch was a notable highlight! The fest itself offers diverse programming, interesting workshops by industry professionals, and an opening gala and awards ceremony that doesn't need to hide from anything you'd find in Hollywood. If there's a festival worth going to, it's this one!

    May 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kudos! We were so lucky to have so many filmmakers like you two attend last year. You both made the festival so much fun, the festival and our community loved spoiling you both while you were here. Thank you so much for coming all the way from Canada to be with us. And we are SO proud of all you have achieved recently, we look forward to your next visit!

  • The organizers of the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival could not be better. They were fantastic at communicating with filmmakers at every step of the process and creating opportunities to construct panel discussions to aid in post-screening discussions. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic made other plans. But I could not recommend the PJIFF any higher. It is a first-rate, filmmaker-centric festival that should not be missed!

    April 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Oh Thomas, thank you so much! We were so looking forward to sharing your film this April. What an incredible accomplishment you film is in bringing awareness and answers to bullying in schools. Hopefully we'll see you next April and maybe before!

  • I am proud that my short film has been selected in this festival. I wish I could attend the festival.

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Zardosht, we wish you could come too! What a beautiful film you made. We look forward to seeing what you do next.

  • Fatemeh Mohammadi

    Thanks a lot for selected my short film.This is proud for me

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much Fatemeh! Audiences loved your film.