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MILL VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Piper Jaffray & Co. is pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mill Valley Film Festival's Children's FilmFest. The Children's FilmFest is part of the larger California Film Institute's 27th Mill Valley Film Festival taking place October 7-17 at venues throughout southern Marin County. As founding sponsor of the Children's FilmFest, Piper Jaffray has supported for the last decade the Institute's efforts to offer kids quality film programming from around the world with groundbreaking workshops and seminars for young aspiring filmmakers.

"We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Mill Valley Film Festival and in particular, the Children's FilmFest in its 10th year," said Mark Zielinski, regional director of Piper Jaffray's Private Client Services business in San Francisco. "Each year the Festival provides children and families with thought-provoking and educational programming and more importantly, the invaluable opportunity to discuss broader issues that face our society today."

This year's Children's FilmFest kicks off on Saturday, October 9 with the North American premiere of "Taina 2: A New Amazon Adventure," the sequel to "Taina: An Amazon Adventure." The opening event will include refreshments, balloon sculpting and face painting and the stage show comedy "The Wizard School of Art and Science." The heart of Children's FilmFest, however, is the lineup of workshops and seminars that teach children and young adults the tricks of the filmmaking trade, and give them what is often their first opportunity to make a film and show it to an audience in a theater. In addition, the Children's FilmFest will feature screenings, in some cases with a director and other filmmakers present, of domestic and international films with educational value that are relevant to today's youth. The films and guest speakers engage students, families and artists in discussions on a wide range of socially relevant, multicultural and community issues.

Going beyond the FilmFest, the California Film Institute works with Bay Area schools throughout the year to offer various outreach programs that communicate valuable lessons to students and community groups through the rich visual images of film and the people who make them. Similar to the aim of the Children's FilmFest, the Institute's programs strive to foster global awareness and tolerance within our community, while promoting media literacy in youth. Its Outreach Screenings Program enables students to view thoughtful and compelling films from across the globe. These screenings are free to schools throughout the Bay Area and for many children, offer the first opportunity to see a film in a movie theater, let alone a film from a foreign country. Last year, the Institute's outreach programs reached over 3000 students from over 30 Bay Area schools.

Clients interested in attending the Mill Valley Film Festival should contact their Piper Jaffray representative.

About Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival, California's longest-running fall festival, is known internationally as a high profile, prestigious event celebrating the best of independent international cinema. The Mill Valley Film Festival's long-term commitment to helping launch independent films, both American and foreign, into the US market has made it the festival of choice for filmmakers worldwide. Founded in 1978, the eleven-day Festival includes features, documentaries, shorts, new media and video; and hosts around 200 filmmakers from around the world. Sections at the Festival include the Official Premieres Selection, World Cinema, US Cinema, the VFest, Valley of the Docs, the Children's FilmFest and Five@Five, the daily shorts program.

About Piper Jaffray & Co.

Piper Jaffray & Co. is the chief operating subsidiary of Piper Jaffray Companies (NYSE: PJC), a focused securities firm dedicated to delivering superior financial advice, investment products and transaction execution within selected sectors of the financial services marketplace. The company operates through two primary revenue-generating segments: Capital Markets and Private Client Services. Investment Research, an independent group reporting to the CEO, supports client>hKoth segments. Piper Jaffray & Co. has served corporations, government and non-profit entities, institutional investors and the financial advisory needs of private individuals since 1895. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Piper Jaffray has approximately 3,000 employees in 111 offices in 23 states across the country and in London. For more information about Piper Jaffray, visit us online at .

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