During Shortsfest, we partner with schools, art centers, and youth organizations in three counties from Aspen to Rifle. Our FilmEducates programs create meaningful opportunities for all grades and serve as a teacher resource by creating curriculum-enriching programs offered at no charge. This year, 11 local schools and two out-of-town schools have signed up to participate, and will have access to 33 of the Shortsfest films. Sixteen visiting filmmakers will go into participating schools to share their films and have deeper conversations with students.
Along with serving local youth, we host visiting film students from schools outside of the valley. This year, we have 45 out-of-town students joining us in Aspen from Springfield, MO, and Austin, TX. During their time in Aspen, they have the opportunity to meet local film students, share and get feedback on their own film work, attend filmmaker panels, and experience world-class shorts programming.