On April 8, 2018, Aspen Film announced its award winners for the 27th Aspen Shortsfest, which ran from April 3-8, 2018 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House and Carbondale’s Crystal Theatre. The festivities commenced with an  Awards Dinner attended by filmmakers, film goers, the media, and esteemed members of the industry.

The Jury recognized films with the following Oscar®-Qualifying awards:

BEST DRAMA: Fauve

BEST DRAMA: Fauve

Fauve, directed by Jeremy Comte (Canada)

With a fully realized vision and exceptionally executed story, this film manages to maintain the highest level of tension whilst capturing heartbreaking human emotion.

BEST COMEDY: The Passage

BEST COMEDY: The Passage

The Passage, directed by Kitao Sakurai (USA)

With ever increasing stakes and its absurdist style, this film had us laughing from start to finish.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Driver is Red

BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Driver is Red

The Driver is Red, directed by Randall Christopher (USA)

For it’s thrilling, engaging and distinctive storytelling.

 

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Coyote

BEST ANIMATED FILM: Coyote

Coyote, directed by Lorenz Wunderle (Switzerland)

For it’s exemplary use of surreal animation to explore hard to discuss emotions, it’s captivating frenetic energy and mind-bending imagery.

 

BEST SHORT SHORT: Wild Wild West

BEST SHORT SHORT: Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West: A Beautiful Rant by Mark Bradford, directed by Dime Davis (USA)

For making the most compelling use of it’s short run time…

 

Narrative special mention: Hair Wolf, directed by Mariama Diallo (USA)

Narrative special mention: Intercourse, directed by Jonatan Etzen (Sweden)

Narrative special mention: Emergency, directed by Carey Williams (USA)

Special documentary mention: JUCK [THRUST], directed by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira (Sweden)

Special animation mention: Manivald directed by Chintis Lungren (Canada, Croatia, Estonia)

ADDITIONAL JURY AWARDS

BEST STUDENT SHORT: Still Water Runs Deep

BEST STUDENT SHORT: Still Water Runs Deep

Still Water Runs Deep, directed by Abbesi Akhamie (Nigeria/USA)

For its courageous and brave storytelling, making an impressive use of resources.

 

Special student mention: Atelier, directed by Elsa Maria Jakobsdottir (Iceland)

AUDIENCE AWARD

AUDIENCE AWARD: The Driver is Red

AUDIENCE AWARD: The Driver is Red

The Driver is Red, directed by Randall Christopher (USA)

For it’s thrilling, engaging and distinctive storytelling.

 

Audience Special Recognition: Zion, directed by Floyd Russ (USA)

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

VIMEO STAFF PICK: Atelier

VIMEO STAFF PICK: Atelier

Atelier, directed by Elsa Maria Jakobsdottir (Iceland)

For the second-ever Vimeo Staff Pick Award, we would like to honor a brave and mysterious film about isolation and the tension that arises when differing expectations clash. In a delicate play of genres, the short’s use of stark locations and bold sound design results in an unsettling aura that beautifully lingers from frame to frame.

 

THE ELLEN AWARD: Magic Alps

THE ELLEN AWARD: Magic Alps

Magic Alps, directed by Andrea Brusa and Marco Scotuzzi (Italy)

Heart’ and “artistry” describe the Ellen Award named for Aspen Film and Aspen Shortsfest founder Ellen Kohner Hunt. The drama we have chosen for this year’s award humanizes the worldwide refugee crisis and portrays an impossible situation in this perfectly constructed short film.

 

YOUTH JURY AWARD: An Uncertain Future

YOUTH JURY AWARD: An Uncertain Future

An Uncertain Future, directed by Chelsea Hernandez, Ilana Sosa (USA)

“Because it hits close to home.” // “My parents are undocumented and wake-up every morning at 5am to go to work. They have no criminal records.” // “I have friends who are scared everyday of their parents getting deported, it effects them from living a free life.” // “This is fundamentally un-American.” // “Who will take care of these children when their parents are taken away?”