The Poppy Jasper International Film Festival (PJIFF) is going virtual. From today, Wednesday, April 7th through Tuesday, April 20th, 2021, more than 180 films from 38 countries focusing on inclusion, diversity and women empowerment will be shown on the festival.
This year’s Gala celebration will take place on Friday, April 9th with Drew Massey, actor and puppeteer for the Jim Henson Company (he is known for his work on The Muppets and The Happytime Murders.) Also, on the same night, January Handl will read poetry, we will hear greetings from this year’s filmmakers from around the world and the premiere of the song “Believe” written by Grammy Awards winners Randy Spendlove and Polo Jones.
The complete PJIFF line-up includes features from across the globe including Austria’s Return of the Thumb (Die Rückkehr des Daumens) from director Flo Convey, Iran’s One Night in Tehran from director Farhad Najafi, and Germany’s Brian Auger – Life on Tour from director Michael Maschke. The international shorts program will include Rena Dumont’s Hapless Hans (Germany), Florence Bouvy’s Till the End of the World (Netherlands), Jhosimar Vasquez’s The Scorpion’s Tale (USA), and Garth Jennings’s Madame (UK).
The virtual film festival will include panel discussions, including Industry Professionals and Visual Effects panel discussions along with Filmmaker, Community and Audience Awards that include local businesses, wineries and event spaces (all socially distanced.)
This year, ticketing for the films will be offered online through Eventive!
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