Filmfest 2021

42nd Filmfest Opening Reception

Tuesday, September 21 | 5 PM
Wheeler Opera House


Private Reception for Aspen Film Members and Filmfest Volunteers. 


Thursday, September 23 | 4 PM
Wheeler Opera House


Please join us for an hors d’oeuvres reception to celebrate the legacy of our founder and inspiration, Ellen Kohner Hunt. We hope this will be a chance to see treasured friends and come together as a community, as Ellen would have loved.


All proceeds to benefit THE ELLEN FUND.


$125 Aspen Film Member (includes Program ticket + Ticket to FLYING BOAT screening)

$150 General Admission (includes Program ticket + Ticket to FLYING BOAT screening)


*Please note – If you RSVP’d yes via Paperless Post, you still need to buy a ticket to attend this event. If you already have a Pass to Filmfest, the Ellenfest evening is included.


Thursday, September 23 | 5 PM
Wheeler Opera House


This tribute screening will feature a program of notable industry guests and Aspen locals speaking about Ellen, as well as several of Ellen’s favorite short films.


$9.23 Tickets to Program only. Because it’s 9/23 and something Ellen would have done.


BREAKING NEWS – Dirk Braun, the filmmaker behind FLYING BOAT, is generously donating two fine art photography prints that will be available to bid on during ELLENFEST.


The photographs (one of Aspen and one captured during the production of the film, FLYING BOAT) will be on display at Wheeler during the 4 PM reception and 5 PM program, then throughout the evening leading up to the 8 PM showing of the film. Bids will be accepted on the prints until the end of the evening, with all proceeds going to The Ellen Fund.


Thursday, September 23 | 7 PM
Wheeler Opera House


Filmmaker/Photographer/Pilot Dirk Braun will be on-hand to elbow-bump, connect with fellow Aspen locals and discuss the making of FLYING BOAT. As a local filmmaker, we felt it was appropriate to showcase his film during our Community Night celebration.