Festival will accept film submissions through the FilmFreeway.com website.


By Staff Report

The doors to entering cinematic creations into next year’s Poppy Jasper International Film Festival have just opened. The South Valley’s movie-making extravaganza started accepting submissions June 15.

Organizers are planning the April 2022 festival and will accept film submissions through the FilmFreeway.com website.

“It was a thrill this year to have our all-virtual Poppy Jasper International Film Festival viewed in 21 states, over 50 cities in California, and almost 20 countries on six continents,” said Mattie Scariot, the festival director.

The Poppy Jasper expects to receive many more entries for next year’s festival. It recently received an honor from MovieMaker Magazine as one of the publication’s “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

“This is a coveted award that puts our regional festival in with some of the biggest film festivals in the world,” Scariot said.

The festival will hold several events in Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister and San Juan Bautista during the next few months. It encourages locals to help support independent films that highlight its mission of inclusion, diversity, and equity along with various educational programs. If you’re interested in volunteering for the 2022 festival, contact email [email protected]

Robert Airoldi