Come together for great films by talented filmmakers at one awesome festival.
Welcome to PJIFF
Get ready to enjoy four days of film screenings, speaker panels, mixers, and community events 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.
The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival is an annual event produced by volunteers as part of Poppy Jasper, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you believe in the essential nature of independent films, please consider supporting our work.
Community Achievement Awards
We are pleased to announce three winners of the 2019 PJIFF Community Achievement Awards. These South Santa Clara County community leaders are known for their professionalism, philanthropy, and passion for the preservation of the arts in our community. They will be honored during the PJIFF Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 7th at the Granada Theater in Morgan Hill.
David Cox, Executive Director, St. Joseph’s Family Center
David is known for his effective and compassionate leadership of St. Joseph’s Family Center. Every year, St. Joseph’s helps thousands of people in need, serving more than 40,000 meals to the homeless, providing emergency rental and utility assistance and other housing solutions for homeless or at-risk families, as well as case management, job training, transit assistance, advocacy, and employment through the Gilroy Street Team. David and his team of staff and volunteers are part of a strong collaborative network of community service organizations making a difference in South County.
Cecelia Ponzini, Co-founder and Board Chair, Edward Boss Prado Foundation
Cecelia is known throughout South Santa Clara County for her community service and philanthropy. She and her husband Gary established the Edward Boss Prado Foundation in
honor of their son Edward who died at age 29, inspired by his spirit of kindness and generosity. The Foundation’s programs benefit local families and children. They include: Cecelia’s Closet and Food Pantry, No Child Goes Unfed, Walking with Dignity, Share the Runway, and an Anti-bullying Program. Cecelia advocates tirelessly for community services that are delivered with respect for the dignity of those in need.
Karen Seeker, Seeker Vineyards, Wineries of Santa Clara Valley
Eight years ago, Karen and her husband bought a vineyard property in San Martin. They enjoyed viticulture and winemaking so much that they opened their doors as Seeker Vineyards in 2015. Karen is a past Board President of the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley (2016 to 2018), a role in which she helped the organization to increase the visibility and respected reputation of the Santa Clara Valley AVA. Karen is active in South County community service and philanthropy.
“It is wonderful to have a film festival here in South County. Welcoming visitors for arts and entertainment is what we do best. The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival helps talented independent filmmakers showcase their work and connects our community to film and digital media arts. We’re proud to support their efforts.”
Gary Walton, Chair, Gilroy Downtown Business Association
“As a family with deep roots in South County, we view the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival as an important annual tradition with incredible promise and relevance in the years ahead. Not only that, but the festival organizers have the vision and passion to grow this event into a film festival to rival California’s best.”
Chris and Larry Mickartz, Publishers of GMH Today Magazine