Voices in Film Youth Forum at Aspen Shortsfest incorporates a wide variety of youth-focused programming and events during Aspen Shortsfest. The forum is an umbrella over key educational programs: Making Movies Matter, Filmmakers to the Classroom, Young Filmmaker Labs, Students to the Festival, and Youth Jury. The week kicks off with a special in-school event at the Aspen District Theatre featuring a selection of this year’s festival films. The interactive program is hosted by youth with a filmmaker Q&A following the films. The event is broadcast live so that students and teachers who cannot attend in person may participate remotely. Local and visiting young filmmakers and media studies students have the opportunity to socialize, connect, and watch a compilation of student works during a social mixer at the end of the week. The forum is produced by a youth-driven steering committee with the support and mentorship of Aspen Film’s staff. Contact Regna Jones, Head of Education for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dedicated to independent voices in cinema, Aspen Film seeks to enlighten, enrich, educate, and entertain through film. For more than 25 years, art education and community involvement in youth development have been at the center of Aspen Film’s FilmEducates programs. Aspen Film is a 501c3 and serves over 30,000 people each year (3,500+ are students and teachers), hosts more than 100 film artists and industry guests, and partners with over 40 organizations, schools, and businesses.