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Why We Do What We Do

Film festivals are the most highly anticipated offerings from Aspen Film, three signature events presented annually throughout the community. Our festivals showcase feature-length and short-form films from around the globe that highlight unique, compelling, and diverse stories.


Our fall festival focuses on feature films from around the world, films that have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, New York, and Tribeca film festivals, giving our Aspen audience a first-look at some of this year’s hottest cinema.

Academy Screenings

Our winter festival is dedicated to showcasing hopeful awards season contenders. During the dynamic holiday season in Aspen, audiences have the chance to watch these incredible films in the historic Wheeler Opera House.


Shortsfest was named “one of the coolest festivals in the world in 2022” by MovieMaker magazine. The festival takes place each spring and features groundbreaking filmmaking from around the globe, showcasing shorts that range from comedy to drama, documentary to experimental. Filmmakers are invited to present their films in an intimate and interactive setting.

More Than Film

become a member

As a member at Aspen Film, you’ll be a part of a world renowned film society and presenting arts organization. Membership at Aspen Film offers a range of benefits and offers such as exclusive sneak previews and VIP events. We also bolster the strongest movie-loving community in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Film Matters

Message from the Executive + Artistic Director

Film is a democratizing medium. It is also a resilient and powerful artform that can convey truth, wisdom, and emotion. As the world continues to change in unexpected ways, we hope that people look to film as a tool to understand our diverse realities and experiences. Our goal is to amplify voices and share stories.  Aspen Film programs films with the intention of breaking barriers, building communities, and giving voice to experience. Show your support for global cinema by joining our vibrant community of members or by coming to any of our year-round programming.

In the news

Colorado represented in 33rd annual Aspen Shortsfest

Mar 27, 2024

When filmmaker Cheryl Hess made her annual pilgrimage to visit a friend in the Roaring Fork Valley and get her ski fix, she had no plans of making a three-minute film. But a chance encounter with a local snow enthusiast and possession of five minutes of film stock changed that. “My friend in Aspen met […]

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Susan Wrubel: The aficionado who believes in the unifying power of cinema

Mar 19, 2024

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series, in honor of International Women’s Month, that shines a spotlight on the dynamic women of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. For Susan Wrubel, the allure of cinema lies in its ability to tell universal stories that give us a glimpse into the lives of others. […]

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Shorts Spotlight: Unveiling the Magic of Aspen Film’s Oscar-Qualifying Festival

Mar 19, 2024

The annual Aspen Film Shortsfest—which returns on April 1-7—invites viewers to revel in the glory of 70 expertly crafted short films from across the globe. Short films hold an important role in the world of cinema; not only as an inexpensive way for beginner filmmakers to get their feet on the ground, but also as […]

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