Special Programming

Every year, Aspen Shortsfest presents several special programming selections, including Shortsfest’s signature “Filmmaker Conversations,” in-depth discussions with filmmakers both established and emerging, and exciting one-off programs and co-presentations that give audiences an intimate look into the creative process as well as an overview of the independent short-filmmaking landscape today.

Filmmaker Conversations


Wednesday, April 6, 2016    |    Noon – 2:00pm

Friday, April 8, 2016    |   Noon – 2:00pm


The Red Onion, 420 East Cooper, Aspen CO


Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of guest filmmakers from around the world at these lunch-time panel conversations.


Complimentary and open to the public.

Hosted by: Aspen Film




Thursday, April 7, 2016     |    Noon – 2:00pm


Gonzo Gallery, 625 E. Hyman, Aspen CO


Join Seed&Spark, the film industry’s most ground-breaking crowdfunding platform, exclusively created to support a rich community of independent filmmakers and storytellers, for this inspirational presentation and conversation. Seed&Spark’s Erica Anderson, Head of Crowdfunding & Education, will discuss everything from how to develop your funding campaign to reaching an audience you will have a lasting, flourishing, and direct relationship with. All dreamers welcome!



Complimentary and open to the public.

Special Thanks to The Colorado Office of Film, Television, & Media


A conversation with Sean Baker and BRIGHT IDEAS magazine


Saturday, April 9, 2016     |    Noon – 2:00pm


Chair 9 at The Little Nell, 675 E. Durant Avenue, Aspen CO


Celebrated director Sean Baker and producer Darren Dean (Snowbird, Tangerine, Prince of Broadway) sit down with BRIGHT IDEAS magazine’s Editor-in-Chef James Kaelan to talk about Baker and Dean’s latest short, Snowbird, world-premiering at Aspen Shortsfest and commissioned by cutting-edge French fashion house Kenzo. Come join us for this inspirational conversation discussing everything from shooting films on an iPhone to finding financing in the least likely of places.



Complimentary and open to the public.