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April 14, 2016 ~ Hello FESTIVAL SUPPORTERS!
The 12th Annual 2016 Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is
right around the corner!

The festival date is April 22 & 23rd (Friday & Saturday, with a post-festival gathering on Saturday night). This film festival is open to the general public for a paid admission. Tickets can be purchased on online, or at the door. All Access Pass is $35 / Any one day is $20 / Any single time is $10. Fees cover the costs associated with bringing in our expert panel guest speakers and general operations of the annual festival. Volunteers are still being sought, if you want to assist, give us a call!


Professor Grant Richards, head of the Film & Television department at Gavilan, is the 2016 Film Submission Chair. This year’s film titles come from as far away as Germany, France, Serbia, Russia & even Australia! And another new category – Students – is included in 2016! There is something for everyone, even children on Saturday morning at 11 AM! Often times, local makers are present.

Previously called “The Poppy Jasper Short Film Festival,” it was updated to the “Poppy Jasper International Film Festival” (PJiFF) in 2015 and began accepting feature length or short films. PJiFF is a project, under the auspices of Poppy Jasper, Inc., a tax exempt 501(c)(3) Public Benefit Corporation.

PJiFF is supported by a group of volunteers dedicated to providing filmmakers of all types, a venue to: showcase their work; participate in educational & informational workshops; network and share artistic expression with independent filmmakers and other film industry professionals, students and enthusiasts.

We are in a new location at Gavilan College, and we are excited to offer the Gilroy area businesses a chance to become involved with the festival this year! Another first, we are please to offer an Expert Panel discussion followed by a post-event gathering on Saturday, at the end, also to be held on campus.


Throughout the 2 days, there will be workshops as well as the film screenings, and Saturday night’s “really big show” (7PM) will be an Expert Panel Q & A hosted by the following industry experts:

VICTOR MILLER, screenwriter – (SAT 3 PM Workshop – Screen Writing) Victor is a Morgan Hill local, & a BIG PJiFF supporter. He is the author of the original “Friday the 13th” film and will once again be a part of the action!

BETSY MAGRUDER, First Assistant Director – Betsy works with the famous Coen Brothers, most recently on the 2016 release Hail Caesar!

FELIX LIMARDO, Director / Producer  – (SAT 5PM WORKSHOP on Producing & Directing) The Dominican based award winning director, Felix has been producing and directing film, television commercials and music videos for over twenty years!


Many other Gilroy / Morgan Hill local industry experts will be on-hand to offer their expertise in a variety of workshops such as FRI 4 PM Mattock Scariot – Visual Effects and SAT 1 PM Tedd Faraone – Film Distribution. The overall discussions include such topics as film making, screen writing, film distribution, creation of commercials, producing and directing, and even a ‘special preview’ of Pirate Theater, a local area film production project staring Rich Firato, the benevolent Pirate of Morgan Hill


The mission of the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is to showcase emerging independent films. We offer filmmakers public screenings, exposure to industry professionals, and the opportunity to further their own skills. We pride ourselves on offering an intimate setting for audiences to interact with filmmakers and view films they might not otherwise get the opportunity to see.