Short films in the spotlight at Aspen Shortsfest
Short films only get their due a few times a year, typically between the high-profile feature films at film festivals. The upcoming Aspen Shortsfest is one of only four dedicated Oscar-qualifying short film festivals in the country.
The 31st festival runs from April 5 to 10 at three Aspen theaters. The lineup highlights notable filmmakers and talent including Amanda Seyfried, Rose Byrne, Mariama Diallo, Molly Ringwald, Anne Alvergue, and Debra McClatchy.
Included are nine world premieres, two international premieres, five North American premieres, and 12 U.S. premieres by directors representing 28 countries. Nearly 3,000 films were submitted for consideration, and 77 were selected, including 41 films directed or co-directed by women.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating Aspen Shortsfest’s 31st annual festival with another exciting showcase of incredible new work by filmmakers from every corner of the world,” said Programming Director Jason Anderson. “The 77 titles in this year’s program demonstrate the depth and diversity of film talent that we have the privilege of introducing to our audience. Moreover, we’re astounded by the strength and resilience these directors have shown in the face of all the recent challenges and are so excited to be able to present their films in person.”