Mattie Scariot became Director of PJIFF in 2018 and grew the festival to an 8-day regional festival including Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, Hollister, and San Juan Bautista. 

In our conversation, Mattie explains her vision for the festival, focusing on diverse, inclusive, and women empowering films and seven educational programs. We talk about her journey to be the director and some of the highlights of this year’s festival, which return to in-person events and screenings.

Find out more about PJIFF programs, events, and purchase tickets at 

This year’s festival begins on April 6th and runs through April 13th.

This episode’s music is “408” by Jack Pavlina. Read more about Jack in Issue 14.1 Winter 2022 — release date: Dec. 9, 2021:
Follow Jack at @jackpavlinamusic