Special Events

Sip & Chat Sessions

Join us each evening for our Virtual Sip & Chat Industry Conversation & Mingling sessions! Held from 4:30-6 pm MT April 7-10, in the virtual Aspen Art Museum Filmocracy space, we will be hosting conversations on a variety of topics relevant to short film. These exploratory sessions will be presented by our phenomenal and knowledgeable Industry Guests. Each session will begin with a 20 minute dialogue with one of our Guests, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. The rest of time is dedicated to mingling and networking with filmmakers, programmers, Industry Guests, and other film enthusiasts. Access to these Sip & Chat sessions is limited to VIP & Full Virtual passholders, filmmakers, Industry Guests and Sponsors.


Wednesday, April 7

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.

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Thursday, April 8

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.

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Friday, April 9


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.

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Saturday, April 10

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.

Filmmaker Conversation with Reinaldo Marcus Green


Saturday, April 10 | 6-7 pm 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.