Aspen Shortsfest Call for Entries is Open

Aspen Shortsfest is accepting submissions for its 2017 festival. Credit:, via
Aspen Shortsfest is accepting submissions for its 2017 festival. Credit:, via

The 26th annual Aspen Shortsfest is accepting submissions. Shortsfest accepts submissions of live action, documentary, and animation from the United States and around the world. Films screened will be part of the Festival’s International Competition, which will take place April 4-9, 2017, in Aspen, Colorado.

Aspen Shortsfest is an Oscar®-qualifying film festival recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in North America. Each April, enthusiastic audiences, filmmakers, and special guests from around the globe gather to participate in public screenings, panels, workshops, and other festivities that spotlight the art and craft of short moviemaking.

Following in the tradition of Shortsfest official selections going on to Oscar® success, Bear Story (Chile) won the Oscar® for Best Animated Short Film in 2016, and We Can’t Live Without Cosmos (Russian Federation) and Shok (Republic of Kosovo/UK) were nominated.

The festival began accepting entries on August 22, 2016.  The early bird entry deadline is October 31, 2016, with a regular entry deadline of November 30, 2016.

Kathleen McInnis will serve as the Director of Programming for the 26th annual Aspen Shortsfest.  Complete International Competition entry guidelines are available on the Aspen Film website,

Established in 1979, Aspen Film is one of Colorado’s most active film arts organizations, presenting dynamic programs and featured guest artists throughout the year. Internationally recognized, Aspen Film organizes a major film event in every season, along with an extensive education program: Aspen Filmfest, Academy Screenings, Aspen Shortsfest, and Film Educates.

With a mission to enlighten, enrich, educate and entertain through film, Aspen Film stimulates thought, encourages dialogue and broadens understanding of our world and selves through the diverse spectrum of ideas presented by filmmakers worldwide.

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