POPPY JASPER INTERNATIONAL  FILM  FESTIVAL | #PJIFF2018 | April 5-8 | Morgan Hill & Gilroy, CA POPPY JASPER INTERNATIONAL  FILM  FESTIVAL | #PJIFF2018 | April 5-8 | Morgan Hill & Gilroy, CA

During the run-up to the festival, we invite interested community members who want to try their hand at filmmaking to sign up for one of our Pre-Festival Programs. Films created in these programs will be shown at the festival and their creators will receive recognition and awards. Space is limited.

Young Filmmakers (ages 4-14)

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Two workshops, led by Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) and hosted by the Gilroy and Morgan Hill Libraries. These free workshops give kids a chance to learn moviemaking using smartphones and apps.

January 20th and 27th, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gilroy Library
(408) 842-8207

January 20th and 27th, 2018
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Morgan Hill Library
(408) 779-3196

Kids who miss these workshops but still want to submit a 1-2 minute iMovie can do so online. Visit Go to the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival page and select Youth Short Films. Deadline: Feb 5th.

Submit an iMovie

Millennials Music Video

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A group of local directors will create a music video with a well-known Bay Area reggae/R&B/hiphop band (schedule/location will be announced). Community members, 21 years of age or older, will have an opportunity to be “audience extras” during a portion of the filming. Online registration required.

March 3rd, 2018
(Location TBD)
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Register Now

40 & UP Filmmaking Workshop

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For adults 40 or older who’ve dreamed of making a film, as a one-time experience, a hobby, or even a second career. Learn first-hand what it takes to make a short film over a period of three Sundays. Interested participants can join the group for one or all three workshops.

February 18th, 2018
Villa Mira Monte, Morgan Hill
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to the filmmaking process
Scriptwriting – write a 5 to 7-minute script with the group
Directing – Casting
Producing – Preparation for filming (choose locations)

February 25th, 2018
CMAP, Gilroy
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Filming – Positions Covered:
Set Design

March 4th, 2018
CMAP, Gilroy
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Film Production – Tasks
Music and Sound Design
Visual Effects (if needed)

$20 per class, $50 for all 3

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April 5 - 8, 2018
Morgan Hill | Gilroy