The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (PJIFF) announced today its full film lineup for its 2021 virtual edition.
The festival will run from Wednesday, April 7 through Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
This year’s Gala celebration will take place on Friday, April 9th with keynote speaker Drew Massey, actor and puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company, known for his work on The Muppets and most recently on The Happytime Murders. Massey also has a new series coming out on Nickelodeon called “The Barbarian and the Troll” set to premiere on April 2nd. The night will also include greetings from this year’s filmmakers from around the world as well as the premiere of the song "Believe" written by GRAMMY Award winner and President of Paramount Worldwide Publishing and Music Randy Spendlove and GRAMMY Award winner Polo Jones. The night will also include a poetry reading by January Handl.
The complete PJIFF line-up includes features from across the globe including Austria’s Return of the Thumb (Die Rückkehr des Daumens) from director Flo Convey, Iran’s One Night in Tehran from director Farhad Najafi, and Germany’s Brian Auger - Life on Tour from director Michael Maschke. The international shorts program will include Rena Dumont’s Hapless Hans (Germany), Florence Bouvy’s Till the End of the World (Netherlands), Jhosimar Vasquez’s The Scorpion's Tale (USA), and Garth Jennings’s Madame (UK).
The festival will also feature panel discussions including a special panel presentation with Jerry Martinez from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who worked on the Perseverance Mars Landing, to discuss the use of camera techniques in storytelling. PJIFF has also partnered with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to host a Women’s Day on Friday, April 9th which will include a panel discussion on Women in Film with Jennifer McCabe, director and chief curator at SMoCA, Kavery Kaul, award-winning documentary filmmaker, Debbe Goldstein, owner and art rep at Art Rep DG, Rucha Chitnis, award-winning documentary filmmaker and fellow at the International Women's Media Foundation, and Consuelo Flores, Former Director, Policy Strategy and Analysis, EEO and Diversity at SAG AFTRA. The panel will be moderated by Kulvinder Arora, former Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago and president of Literary Legacies.
Consistent with PJIFF’s mission of supporting independent filmmakers and its local community, the festival will also include Student Day (Wednesday, April 7th) showcasing student films from across the world, Local Day (Thursday, April 8th) highlighting the work of local filmmakers, and the previously announced China Day (Saturday, April 10) and Mexico Day (Sunday, April 11). The festival will close with Community Achievement Awards on Tuesday, April 20th celebrating leaders who have made an impact on the local community.
“PJIFF is committed to supporting diverse perspectives and new independent voices in cinema and we are proud to say that this year is no different,” said Festival Director Mattie Scariot, “We are excited to showcase these unique and inspiring films.”
About Poppy Jasper International Film Festival
The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is an award-winning regional festival in Morgan Hill, San Martin, Gilroy, Hollister and San Juan Bautista, Ca. The mission of PJIFF is to promote inclusion, diversity and women empowerment through film, music, and art by inviting independent filmmakers from all cultures to explore major issues of the day through the power of film. We encourage, engage, and educate filmmakers and our community members of all ages through our 8 educational film programs so that everyone can “find their voice through film.”