The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (PJIFF) 2022

 This year’s hybrid festival will run from Wednesday, April 6 to Wednesday, April 13 and will feature both in-person and virtual screenings and events.

The complete PJIFF program includes features from around the world including Australia, Italy, Iran and Mexico among others. The festival will showcase a combination of documentary and narrative films including Australia’s Gravel Road that follows the life of Jay Minning, singer-songwriter of the band the Desert Starks, based in the remote area of Tjuntjuntjara, Australia; Italy’s Il Grand Bolero that follows the story of a cynical mid-aged pipe organ cleaner struggling to control her attraction to her new 20-year-old assistant during Rome’s COVID-19 lockdown; and Juliet Landau’s feature film debut A Place Among the Dead among others. The full lineup also includes over 100 short films from 30 different countries.

The festival will also feature panel discussions with industry leaders to discuss an array of subjects including women in film, the film industry, and visual effects with more to be announced at a later date.

Adhering to PJIFF’s mission of supporting independent filmmakers and its local community, the festival will also include a Youth and Student Festival Day showcasing student films from across the world on April 6, Mexico Day, featuring films from the country as well as panel discussions on the industry and Latino representation in the industry on April 11, LGBTQ+ Day highlighting the work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers and stories on April 12, and Iran Day, spotlighting some of the best films from the country including PJIFF alumni Javad Daraei’s Metamorphosis in the Slaughterhouse on April 13.

“We are excited to bring these compelling and inspiring stories to our community, celebrating the beauty and power of film and welcome back audiences for PJIFF 2022,” said Festival Director Mattie Scariot.

On Friday April 8th the festival will host a special celebration, the “Poppy Bash!”, to premiere the song “Believe” inspired by the festival and its mission. The night will include a special live performance of the song by its composers, GRAMMY Award winner Randy Spendlove, President of Worldwide Publishing and Music at Paramount, along with multi-platinum artist Polo Jones and other local musicians. The event will be co-hosted by Jayson Stebbins and Drag Queen Alina Malletti Galore.

The festival will offer in person and virtual screening in accordance with CDC guidelines and is closely following any health-related precautions to protect the public and the community.

The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is fourteen days of online film screenings, speaker panels, awards, gala’s, food and fun!  We meet in the historic downtown districts of Morgan Hill and Gilroy, California. Our two cities are known for their vibrant arts scene, award-winning wineries and restaurants, and welcoming small town vibe.