This year, the PJIFF panel of jurors received more than 150 short and feature-length films from around the world. It is with great pleasure that we announce the “Best of Festival” winners of our Juried Competition, and our Director’s Choice Awards.

“Best of Festival” Awards

Finalists were selected based on each film’s originality, creativity, cinematography, and performance. Award-winners will be screened at the times shown below and on Sunday April 8th from 1-3 pm at the Morgan Hill Grange Hall.

Best Feature Documentary – F**k It, It’s Over – England

Friday April 6th 8pm – 10pm

Best Short Documentary – Grey Matter – Oklahoma

Saturday April 7th 9pm – 11pm

Best Comedy Short – In The Waiting – California

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

Best “Local Night” Film – Making of a Gangster – San Jose, California

Thursday April 5th 8pm – 10pm

Best Foreign Comedy – My First Time – Israel

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 8pm – 10pm

Best Foreign Drama – With My Own Two Hands – France (Filmmaker is attending)

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Best Youth Film – The Search for the Lost Family – Germany

Sunday April 8th 10am – 12pm

Best Short Drama – The Secret Nobody Knows – New York (Filmmaker Attending)

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

Best Animation – Plastic – France

Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Best 1st Time Director – Eternal Recurrence of a Deep Sleep – Iran

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

Best Film Directed by a Woman – Schoolyard Blues – Sweden

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Director’s Circle Winners

Making of a Gangster – San Jose, California

Thursday April 5th 8pm – 10pm

Eternal Recurrence of a Deep Sleep – Iran

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

Schoolyard Blues – Sweden

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

My First Time – Israel

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 8pm – 10pm

With My Own Two Hands – France (Filmmaker Attending)

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm and Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

In The Waiting – California

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

The Secret Nobody Knows – New York (Filmmaker Attending)

Friday April 6th 6pm – 8pm

F**k It, It’s Over – England

Friday April 6th 8pm – 10pm

The Brown Colors – Drama/Fantasy – Spain

Friday April 6th 8pm – 10pm

Kampung Tapir – Drama – Malaysia

Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Void – Drama – Australia – Student Film

Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Major Tom – Avant Garde – Egypt

Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Plastic – France

Saturday April 7th 5pm – 7pm

Grey Matter – Oklahoma

Saturday April 7th 9pm – 11pm

The Search for the Lost Family – Germany

Sunday April 8th 10am – 12pm

“With My Own Two Hands” (2018)
Winner, Best Foreign Drama and Director’s Circle Award

PJIFF welcomes French filmmaker Michael Barocas, whose drama chronicles some of the most relatable and poignant moments in one person’s life, from birth to death, as expressed by his hands.

Meet Michael at PJIFF’s Awards Ceremony, Sunday April 8th, 3-8 pm at the Granada Theater in Morgan Hill.


IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES FOR FILMMAKERS
  • Opening Date:
    October 1, 2017
  • Regular Deadline:
    December 1, 2017
  • Late Deadline:
    January 1, 2018
  • Extended Deadline:
    January 31, 2018
  • Notification Date:
    February 5, 2018
  • Event dates:
    April 5-8, 2018