Filmmaker Conversations + Panel Discussions

Join us for in-depth conversations with visiting Shortsfest filmmakers and industry execs.

 

We will talk programming, process and craft, and examine the opportunities that exist for short-film content in today’s marketplace.

Filmmaker Conversations

Conversation with Shortsfest Filmmakers

 

Wednesday, April 3 | 12–1:30pm

Mountain Chalet Aspen | 333 E Durant Avenue, Aspen

Aspen Film Members and Passholders FREE | General Public $20

Lunch provided by Grateful Deli | $10

Conversation with Shortsfest Filmmakers

 

Thursday, April 4 | 12–1:30pm

Mountain Chalet Aspen | 333 E Durant Avenue, Aspen

Aspen Film Members and Passholders FREE | General Public $20

Lunch provided by Grateful Deli | $10

Outside the Frame: What Are the Programmers Thinking?

 

Friday, April 5 | 12–1:30pm
Mountain Chalet Aspen | 333 E Durant Avenue, Aspen
Aspen Film Members and Passholders FREE | General Public $20

 

Each short film festival has its own mandate, personality and vision. Do you wonder what programmers look for and what criteria they consider when curating programs for some of these notable festivals? Come hear insights, best practices and tips for submitting from some of this country’s esteemed shorts programmers.

 

PANEL GUESTS: Britta Erickson, Festival Director, Denver Film Society; Randi Kleiner, Founder + CEO, SeriesFest; Mike Plante, Sundance Senior Programmer for Short Film; Lili Rodriguez, Festival Director for ShortFest + Director of Programming for the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Outside the Frame: So You’ve Made a Short Film… Now What?

 

Friday, April 5 | 2-3:30pm
Mountain Chalet Aspen | 333 E Durant Avenue, Aspen
Aspen Film Members and Passholders FREE | General Public $20

 

So you’ve made a short film that is now making the festival rounds—what happens next? What are the options for getting it out to the world, creating a series or a feature, leveraging the film for your next project and finding distribution and/or representation? Hear from top industry executives working in the short-form cinema realm today about next steps, best practices and ways to keep the momentum going.

 

PANEL GUESTS: Miranda Bailey, CEO, Cold Iron Pictures/CherryPicks; Ian Durkin, Senior Curator, Vimeo; Brian Levy, Manager/Producer, Pulse Filmsl

SHORT TERM 12:

Short-to-Feature Special Presentation, preceded by a Conversation with Award-Winning Director Destin Cretton

 

Saturday, April 6 | 2:15PM

Wheeler Opera House | 320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen

 

For the first time in over a decade, Aspen Film’s Shortsfest is presenting a feature film as part of our program. This is an opportunity for us to shine the spotlight on a filmmaker who turned an incredible short into one of the best-received and lauded indie films of the last several years—one that helped launch the careers of its stunning ensemble cast.

 

This feature-length film is based on director Destin Cretton’s 2008 short film SHORT TERM 12, which received a Special Jury Award at Shortsfest 2009. The feature film by the same name played Aspen Filmfest in 2013, winning the Audience Award that year.  This groundbreaking work helped launch and further the careers of Oscar® winner Brie Larson, Oscar® winner Rami Malek and award winner LaKeith Stanfield. A decade after his short film premiered here, we are honored to have Destin Cretton back in Aspen with us for a comprehensive short-to-feature conversation about his work.

 

Join us for this unique opportunity to listen to an award-winning filmmaker describe his journey and process of taking a film from 21 minutes to 96 minutes, discovering and working with nascent talent and all of the steps in between.

 

SHORT TERM 12: At a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers, Grace (Brie Larson) is a young counselor trying to do her best for kids who often have been pulled from the worst kinds of home situations. Life is not easy as Grace and her colleagues care for kids who are too often profoundly scarred, even as they try to have lives of their own. Now, things are coming to a head as Grace readies for marriage while some of her charges are coming to major turning points in their lives. To cope, Grace will have to make difficult decisions that could put her career, and more importantly her charges, at dire risk. (Destin Cretton, USA, 96 minutes; rated R.)