Shortsfest was voted one of the “50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee in 2018” by MovieMaker Magazine!

 

Aspen Shortsfest, an Oscar®-qualifying festival, is recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in North America. The 2020 event will take place from March 31-April 5 in the heart of Aspen at the historic Wheeler Opera House, and April 4 & 5 at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. The five Oscar®-qualifying categories include Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Short Short. Recent Shortsfest Oscar® success stories include, BROTHERHOOD (2019), nominated for Best Live Action Short Film; NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB (2019), nominated for Best Live Action Short Film; LIFE OVERTAKES ME (2019) nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject; SISTER (2019), Best Animated Short Film; FAUVE (2018), nominated for Best Live Action Short Film; WEEKENDS (2018) and ONE SMALL STEP (2019), nominated for Best Animated Short Film, and BEAR STORY (Chile), winner of the Best Animated Short Film Oscar® in 2016.

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AWARDS & PRIZES

Best Animation
International Competition Jury Award for animation.

Best Comedy
International Competition Jury Award for comedy.

Best Drama 
International Competition Jury Award for drama.

Best Documentary
International Competition Jury Award for documentary.

Best Short Short
International Competition Jury Award for short short.

Best Student Short
International Competition Jury Award for student short.

The Ellen Award 
Chosen by the Ellen Jury, this award is given to the film that evokes the spirit of Aspen Film’s founder.

Audience Choice Award
Audience Award for best film.

Audience Special Recognition Award

Special Jury Recognition Awards
International Competition Jury awards recognizing outstanding cinematic accomplishment.