Shortsfest 2018 Special Events

Receptions, Après Screenings, and late night parties, are all part of the Shortsfest experience. Celebrate great film with great conversation!

Opening Reception

Tuesday, April 3rd | 6:30pm-8:00pm

Presented by The Aspen Times

Wheeler Opera House | 320 E Hyman, Aspen

Aspen Film Member Reception | 6:30 – 7:00PM

General Public with Ticket | 7:00 – 8:00PM


Aspen Film cordially invites you to an Opening Night Reception to kick off our 27th Aspen Shortsfest.  Catering is provided by Jour de Fête, a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Aspen. Owner, Olivier Mottier opened the shop in 1988 with the intention of carrying on the memory of his parent’s deli in France. His chef, Emilio has been with him since the beginning. Olivier and Emilio have had their kids and relatives, along with several wonderful locals help to operate the business over the past three decades. Jour De Fête opens daily at 7am. At this local’s hangout, you can find European-style coffee, full breakfast, hot entrées, sandwiches and salads. Vegan food available.

Drink Specials by Hotaling & Co. | Junipero & Luxardo

Wine Provided by 19 Crimes

Closing Night Party

Saturday, April 7 | 10:00PM – 1:00AM

Sponsored by Vimeo

Silver City Aspen | 210 S Galena St, Aspen


Aspen Film Members and Passholders FREE | General Public $25 advance, $35 Door 



Come celebrate Shortsfest at the new Silver City: DJ Folami takes us back to the 90s with some hip hop and house – come enjoy the hand-crafted cocktail specials.  

Music DJ Folami

Drink Specials:  The Division Bell and Silver City Cherry Collins by Hoatling & Co. |  Luxardo & Mezcal Amaras

Breakfast at the Fest

Sunday, April 8 | 11:00AM

Wheeler Opera House | 320 E Hyman, Aspen


Aspen Film Members, Passholders and Family Fun Ticket Holders | Complimentary

Join Aspen Film’s Board of Trustees, staff, filmmakers and fellow festival-goers for brunch before attending Sunday’s Films for Families Program. Complimentary breakfast buffet by Jour De Fête and Bloody Marys by Marble Distillery!

Catering Jour De Fête

Drink Special Marble Distillery

Shortsfest Awards Dinner

Sunday, April 8 | 6:30PM

Aspen Kitchen | 515 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen


Come celebrate with us as we wrap up Shortsfest 2018! Shortsfest Film Awards will be presented to this year’s filmmakers. Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Lane Johnson: an inspired Aspenite; a film aficionado; an adventurer; a giver of himself and an all-around guide.  Vimeo will present its new Vimeo Staff Pick Award, a live iteration of the platform’s Staff Picks laurel. Outside of SXSW, Aspen Shortsfest is the second major film festival to receive the designation from the creator-first platform. The winning film will be available for viewing on the Vimeo Staff Picks channel the day after the Awards Dinner.  Limited tickets on sale for the event.  Please call Aspen Film to reserve 970-372-2883.

Wine Provided by 19 Crimes

Afternoon Happy Hours

Wednesday – Saturday, April 4 -7 | 4:00 – 5:00PM

Jimmy’s Bodega | 307 S Mill St, Aspen


Open to the Public  


Welcome Aspen Film Members and film enthusiasts.  Join us for our daily Happy Hours at Jimmy’s Bodega as we get ready for the evening’s festivities.  Meet Aspen Film’s programming team and filmmakers from around the world. Jimmy’s Bodega is a fun and spirited place to enjoy specialty bottled cocktails, fresh seafood and raw bar, and a wine list focused on value and interesting finds. The Bodega features tequila and mezcal hand-selected by Jimmy as his personal favorites. Enjoy apres ski, happy hour, and dinner, and, of course, Jimmy’s signature hospitality.

Sponsor SAGindie

Drink Specials Bon Vivants serving Ocho Tequila

Nightly Après Screenings

Tuesday – Friday, April 3 -6 | 10:00PM – 12:00AM


Tuesday | Marble Bar Aspen | 415 E. Dean St.

Wednesday | Mountain Social | St. Regis |315 E Dean St, Aspen

Thursday | Jimmy’s | 307 S. Mill St.

Friday | D’Angelico Guitars | 240 S. Mill St. (event ends at 11PM)


After each night’s film program, the party moves from the Wheeler to a different hot spot in town for drinks and dialogue with filmmaker and industry guests. Open to all Aspen Film Members and Shortsfest pass and ticket holders.

Pop-Up Fütbol Match

 April 8th | 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Wagner Park | 419 S Mill St, Aspen


In the spirit of our globally minded Shortsfest we are proud to bring back the Shortsfest pop-up fútbol match on the final afternoon of the festival.  Join in to play or watch from the sidelines. Come one, come all to Wagner Park for O Jogo Bonito (The Most Beautiful Game)!