VIP Pass

$250 GA // $200 Member

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Access to all 11 Short Film Programs, filmmaker Q&As, virtual Sip & Chat Sessions, industry panels & workshops, virtual Awards Presentation, and the 2021 Award Winners Program.

Full Virtual Pass

$150 GA // $120 Member

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Access to all 11 Short Film Programs, filmmaker Q&As, and virtual Sip & Chat Sessions.

5 Film Pass

$60 GA // $48 Member

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Access to 5 Short Film Programs of your choosing and filmmaker Q&As. 

Student + Teacher Pass

Available to students, teachers, and young professionals (35 & under). For more information, email

Individual Shorts Programs

$15 General Admission

$12 Aspen Film Members

$5 Student + Teachers


*All Aspen Film Members get 20% off tickets + passes. Please note that the exclusive member discount will be available through a private online code that Members will need to enter during their transaction. To learn more about becoming an Aspen Film Member, click here.


Tickets to 2021 Shortsfest Awards Presentation + Program

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Sip & Chat Sessions

Wednesday, April 7 | 4:30-6 pm MT
Inga Diev, General Manager of Ouat Media, the Toronto-based international sales and distribution company specializing in short films, will be walking us through possibilities for sales and distribution of short films both here and abroad. Moderated by Shortsfest Programming Director, Jason Anderson


Thursday, April 8 | 4:30-6 pm MT
Sudeep Sharma, a programmer for the Sundance Film Festival with a focus on documentary feature films and Co-Director of Programming for the Palm Springs International ShortFest, is going to discuss the strategy behind programming and how different festivals approach film selection based each one’s mission and personality. Moderated by Shortsfest Programming Director, Jason Anderson


Friday, April 9 | 4:30-6 pm MT
Join curator Opal Hope Bennett, who recently became the Shorts Producer for POV as well as the Director of Filmmaker Development for DOCNYC, as she leads a conversation on the acquisition of short films and best practices for mounting award campaigns. Moderated by Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director, Susan Wrubel


Saturday, April 10 | 4:30-6 pm MT
Diana Williams, an award-winning producer and co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment, is going to discuss the importance of knowing and understanding your audiences – B2B and B2C. Moderated by Aspen Film Executive + Artistic Director, Susan Wrubel


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Education Workshops

Virtual Cinema: From Programmers to Curators
Friday, April 9 | 3pm MT
Join Eventive co-founder Iddo Patt and special guests to learn about the dramatic growth of virtual cinema, and the emergence and role of powerful curatorial brands in the virtual cinema landscape. Presented by Iddo Patt, Eventive.


The Role of Sound Design
Saturday, April 10 | 1pm MT
Great sound design is not exclusive to big-budget studio films. It is something that can be employed by filmmakers with any size budget. Learn the role sound design can play at the conceptual stage of your independent project and how sound can help you tell your story.  Join filmmakers and sound designers from three films in our official selection as they present scenes from their films, discuss how sound design helped or even became part of their narrative, and share how sound connects with music as a creative element. Presented by Glenn Kiser, Dolby Institute.


Intro to the Red Arsenal
Sunday, April 11 | 12pm MT
Are you new to RED or interested about learning more about the various RED cameras and sensors? Please join James Lucarelli for a virtual presentation as he highlights the key features & benefits of shooting on a RED camera system. Learn more about the RED camera’s technological achievements and see why a RED camera is the perfect addition to your arsenal for both motion and stills. Presented by James Lucarelli, RED Digital Cinema.


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A Conversation with Filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green

Saturday, April 10 | 6-7pm MT

Shortsfest Programming Director Jason Anderson will host an in-depth conversation with award-winning filmmaker Reinaldo Marcus Green. Green is a Shortsfest alum whose first feature, Monsters & Men, won the Special Dramatic Jury Prize at Sundance in 2018. His second feature Joe Bell was written by Oscar®-winning screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry and stars Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton, Maxwell Jenkins, and Gary Sinise. The film is scheduled for release later this year, as is his recently wrapped third feature King Richard, a biographical drama for Warner Brothers starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, father and coach to Venus and Serena Williams. Green’s next project will be the highly anticipated untitled Bob Marley biopic for Paramount Pictures.


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Saturday, April 17 | 6-7pm MT

A virtual Awards Presentation will be presented on the Eventive platform following the festival. Awards determined by the esteemed Shortsfest Jury will be presented to filmmakers in a host of categories. Jury Awards for Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, and Short Short are all Oscar®-qualifiers.


The Youth Jury Award is a coveted filmmaker honor bestowed by a jury comprised of local middle and high school students.


The Ellen Award is given in honor of Aspen Film founder Ellen Hunt, who passed away at the end of January 2021. The award originated in 2000 after Ellen retired, and honors the memory of our founder and first Executive Director. Given to a film that embodies the spirit of Aspen Film’s programming during Ellen’s tenure from 1979 to 1995, the Ellen Award is presented by a veteran Aspen Film jury. This year, Ellen’s twin granddaughters, Charlotte and Daisy Kohner, have joined the jury to carry on their grandmother’s legacy.


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