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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.


Named “one of the coolest festivals in 2022” by MovieMaker magazine, Shortsfest takes place each spring. We feature some of the most groundbreaking filmmaking from around the world, showcasing short films 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

With purchase of Isis Theatre, Aspen Film enters new era

Sep 29, 2022

Tuesday marked a milestone for Aspen Film and its future involvement in the community. With Aspen City Council having approved Aspen Film’s purchase of the Isis Theatre, the arts nonprofit is looking to enter a whole new realm of what it will be able to cultivate for the community. The purchase agreement has an official […]

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Aspen Film gets city council’s OK to buy Isis Theatre

Sep 29, 2022

The Aspen City Council approved Aspen Film’s purchase of the Isis Theatre FilmFest kicked off on Tuesday, and, to the delight of its organizer, Aspen Film, there was no drama with Aspen City Council as its audience. The council in a 5-0 vote approved Aspen’s Film purchase of the Isis Theatre, which has a closing […]

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Council approves Aspen Film’s purchase of Isis space

Sep 28, 2022

The Aspen City Council on Tuesday enthusiastically approved a purchase contract that allows Aspen Film to acquire its condominiumized units within the Isis Theatre building without the debt that is currently tied to the property. With the approval, the council also approved the termination of the existing debt, and included an amendment to the property’s […]

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