And the hits just keep on coming, in this case in the form of great movies and short films with Aspen Film. The 70’s were a magical time around the country and for Aspen as well, this is when Aspen Film was born as well as many other Aspen art and culture organizations. Aspen Film has three main events, the Filmfest, Shortsfest and Academy Screenings, as well as consistently bringing original movies to the area on a regular Monday night series at the Wheeler Opera House.
Aspen Filmfest is a week long even showcasing an eclectic mix of fall previews, critically acclaimed documentaries and new narrative features that captured the imaginations of an enthusiastic festival audience. The films are shown at the Aspen’s Isis Theater, Paepcke Auditorium and The Wheeler Opera House and give locals and tourists the opportunity to catch an array of independent and international productions and hear filmmakers share the stories behind their work. There filmfest will be in its 38th year as of 2014 and is growing more popular every year.
Shortsfest is an Oscar®-qualifying international competition and offers a lively, thought-provoking, and humorous selection of drama, comedy, animation and documentary – all at 40 minutes or less. This is one of the world’s premier international showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short.
Did you miss that blockbuster or new classic while it was in the theater, Aspen Film;s Academy Screenings give locals and tourists and opportunity to see what you missed in late December and early January just in time for the Oscar’s. This popular Aspen holiday season tradition is open to film industry professionals and movie lovers alike, and features top directors and star talent in critically acclaimed films actively vying for Oscar® nomination.
Recognizing the power of film as a creative outlet, Aspen Film works in collaboration with local educators, parents, students, and an international network of advisors, designing educational programs that cultivate essential visual literacy and critical viewing skills. The vast majority of these programs are offered free of charge with the rest offered at greatly reduced admission.
So if you are lucky enough to be in town during one of the festivals be sure to attend an event or two, or keep your eyes open for the weekly series. True film aficionados may even want to plan your trip around one of the signature events, all of them are at exceptional times of the year to visit.