2023 SHORTSFEST Award Winners

April 19, 2023

ASPEN FILM ANNOUNCES 2023 SHORTSFEST OSCAR®-QUALIFIERS AND AWARD-WINNING FILMS ASPEN, Colo. (April 17, 2023) In an awards presentation held on Sunday, April 16, Aspen Film, the year-round film arts, and education organization, announced the winning films from its 32nd Aspen Shortsfest April 10-16, 2023. One of only four Oscar®-qualifying festivals in the US strictly dedicated to […]

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Sopris Sun interns gain cultural insight from Shortsfest filmmakers

April 19, 2023

Recently, three of The Sopris Sun youth journalism interns, Yesenia Benavides, Antoinette Brasier and Dominic Furer, had the chance to interview two directors whose films were featured at Aspen Film’s Shortsfest this year: Julia Elihu, director of “In the Garden of Tulips,” and Noam Argov, director of “Sulam.” Below are but a few highlights from […]

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Aspen Shortsfest 2023 Interview: Noam Argov on Making Sure Nothing’s Lost in Translation in “Sulam”

April 18, 2023

There are already too many mental calculations that Alma (Oriah Elgrabli) has to keep in her head as she prepares for a math final when disaster strikes in “Sulam,” less in a panic than her mother (Mor Cohen) about a leak in the ceiling of their apartment than the prospect of what it will take […]

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After reconnecting to his Māori roots, Taratoa Stappard’s career excels

April 15, 2023

Ever since filmmaker Taratoa Stappard started digging into his own identity about four years ago, “the stories have been coming,” he said, and they’ve been getting quite a bit of traction, too. The story that sparked it all for Stappard is his short film, “Taumanu,” which is screening tonight as one of Aspen Film’s Shortsfest […]

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A young filmmaker’s journey to Aspen Shortsfest, and beyond

April 14, 2023

There’s nothing like watching your film amongst an audience and feeling the validation that you made something that actually affects people — 25-year-old filmmaker Julia Elihu looks toward this moment tonight when “In the Garden of Tulips” makes its world premiere at Aspen Film’s Shortsfest. Elihu is an Iranian-American writer and director based in Los […]

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Shortsfest fans can digest ‘All Choked Up’ premiere tonight

April 11, 2023

A Colorado filmmaker will debut her new short film “All Choked Up” tonight during Aspen Film’s first evening of Shortsfest 2023 programming. The four-minute film is a dark comedy telling the story of a woman who must decide whether to save her husband when he chokes on a sandwich during lunch. The film was written […]

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Empowering the short film: 32nd annual Shortsfest

April 10, 2023

Aspen Film’s 32nd annual Shortsfest will commence this week, with 79 short films from over 33 countries to be screened across 11 programs. As one of only four Oscar-qualifying festivals in the United States strictly dedicated to shorts, the prestigious festival this year looks to introduce viewers to a vast array of fast-rising filmmakers and […]

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Best of 2023: Arts and Entertainment

March 26, 2023

Each year in April, the much-esteemed Aspen Film Shortsfest is one of just four Oscar-qualifying short-film festivals in the country. In 2022, Shortsfest selected 77 films to screen out of 3,000 applicants from around the world, and winners included director Joanna Quinn’s Affairs of Art, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award […]

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March 24, 2023

ASPEN FILM ANNOUNCES STELLAR PROGRAM OF FILMS FOR THE 32nd ANNUAL ASPEN SHORTSFEST New Voices & Diverse Perspectives from Around the World Emerging and Established Talents & the Most Notable World Premieres & Filmmakers ASPEN, Colo.– Aspen Film, the year-round film arts, and education organization, today announced its program for the 32nd Aspen Shortsfest, April […]

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Aspen Film’s Independent By Nature :32 Video Challenge

March 2, 2023

Aspen Film’s Independent By Nature :32 Video Challenge Submissions open March 2 – April 2 Voting April 10 – 16 | Winners announced April 16 All ages may submit —Free online GRAND PRIZE FOR FIRST PLACE WINS – CANON M50MKII Camera Kit + THINK TANK SpeedTop 15 shoulder bag In 32 seconds, show us how […]

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