Shortsfest 2024

April 1 - 7, 2024

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An Oscar®-qualifying festival

Aspen Shortsfest is recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in North America. Each April enthusiastic audiences, filmmakers and special guests from around the globe gather to participate in public screenings, panels, workshops, and other festivities that spotlight the art and craft of short form cinema. Aspen Shortsfest has a long tradition of Oscar® success, which continued this year with HOW WE GET FREE, directed by Geeta Gandbhir and Samantha M. Knowles. This film had its World Premiere at Shortsfest 2023 and is now shortlisted for Best Documentary Short at the 2024 Academy Awards. Prior to that, THE MARTHA MITCHELL EFFECT directed by Anne Alvergue and Debra McClutchy, which screened at Shortsfest 2022, was nominated for Best Documentary Short at the 2023 Academy Awards. Other recent Shortsfest selections that have garnered Oscar® nominations include AFFAIRS OF THE ART– the jury prize winner for Comedy at Shortsfest in 2021 – directed by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills; DAUGHTER by Daria Kashcheeva; SISTER by Siqi Song; BROTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur (also a jury member at Shortsfest in 2020), and NEFTA FOOTBALL CLUB by Yves Piat.

The festival is an industry-recognized destination for discovering breakthrough talent. Reinaldo Marcus Green (King Richard), Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Short Term 12), Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Babylon), Jason Reitman (Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Up in the Air), Sarah Polley (Women Talking) and the late Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) are among the notable alumni whose short films first screened at Shortsfest before they became household names.

Voted one of “the 25 coolest festivals in the world” by MovieMaker magazine.

Screening Venues

The Wheeler Opera House

Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue. From The Eagles, Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Crow to locally-curated performance experiences, the Wheeler offers a remarkable movie-viewing locale that we’re proud to provide to our film festival audience.

320 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

Aspen Film Isis Theatre

The Isis Theatre opened in 1915 in the heart of downtown Aspen, in the same building where it remains today. Featuring four-screens, concessions, and diverse programming, the Aspen Film Isis Theatre is the only full-time movie theater in Aspen. The theater screens a mix of Hollywood Blockbusters, Independent, Music and Art-House films, and also serves as the home for many of Aspen Film’s Festival screenings, Q+As and filmmaker conversations.

406 E Hopkins Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

The Crystal Theatre

The Crystal Theatre is a single-screen, 125-seat, independent movie theatre housed in the historic Dinkel building in downtown Carbondale, Colorado. We’re proud to partner with The Crystal Theatre during our festivals to screen select programming down valley.

427 Main St, Carbondale, CO 81623

A taste of shortsfest

In the news

Colorado represented in 33rd annual Aspen Shortsfest

Mar 27, 2024

When filmmaker Cheryl Hess made her annual pilgrimage to visit a friend in the Roaring Fork Valley and get her ski fix, she had no plans of making a three-minute film. But a chance encounter with a local snow enthusiast and possession of five minutes of film stock changed that. “My friend in Aspen met […]

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Susan Wrubel: The aficionado who believes in the unifying power of cinema

Mar 19, 2024

Editor’s note: This story is part of a series, in honor of International Women’s Month, that shines a spotlight on the dynamic women of Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. For Susan Wrubel, the allure of cinema lies in its ability to tell universal stories that give us a glimpse into the lives of others. […]

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Shorts Spotlight: Unveiling the Magic of Aspen Film’s Oscar-Qualifying Festival

Mar 19, 2024

The annual Aspen Film Shortsfest—which returns on April 1-7—invites viewers to revel in the glory of 70 expertly crafted short films from across the globe. Short films hold an important role in the world of cinema; not only as an inexpensive way for beginner filmmakers to get their feet on the ground, but also as […]

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