Academy Screenings 2016
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Friday, December 23, 2016 | Noon
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N 3rd, Aspen, CO 81611


This year, Aspen Academy Screenings includes a program of Oscar®-qualified short films, offering a taste of what to look forward to in April at Aspen Shortsfest. These multiple award-winning shorts represent the extraordinary talent of our new, often emerging, visual storytellers.


Shorts Program Run Time: 1 hr 31 min



The family of eight-year-old Aida is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with young Rama, whom he introduces as his second wife. Aida may not exactly understand the details, but she understands that her mother is in deep distress, and that there seems to be but one way to make things better again.
Director: Maïmouna Doucouré
Run Time: 21 min



Bru seems to have a knack for returning lost dogs and he’s always ready to take a picture with the relieved reunited family. But not all dogs are created equal, and Bru’s fastidious routine is about to be challenged by a rather dramatic, yet pitch-perfect, black comedy of errors.


Director: Daria Woszek
Run Time: 30 min



A small group of volunteer heroes, the White Helmets defy death, dodging bombs and sniper fi re, to rescue Syrians from the bombs that fall incessantly on their towns and cities. However, after three years and with no end in sight, even the heroes may need to be saved.




Director: Orlando von Einsiedel
Run Time: 40 min