The 25th Annual Aspen Shortsfest has announced its full program for this year’s edition of the premier North American shorts fest. The festival often plays home to exciting and emerging talents — it counts Damien Chazelle, Sarah Polley, Jean-Marc Vallée and Jason Reitman as alums — and also serves as a platform for Oscar qualifying competition.
The 2016 slate of films features 13 world premieres, 3 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. premieres and 3 international premieres from filmmakers representing Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Central African Republic, China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The 2016 Shortsfest Programming team, led by Artistic Director Maggie Mackay, included James Jefferies, Programmer/Programming Coordinator at Aspen Film, and Associate Programmers Angie Driscoll (Programmer HotDocs; TIFF) Brandon Harris (Filmmaker/Critic/Professor), Jenn Murphy, (Programmer AFI FEST; LAFF), Cedar Sherbert (Filmmaker/Programmer) and Craig Turpin (Producer/Editor/Aspenite).
Of this year’s lineup, Aspen Film Artistic Director Maggie Mackay commented, “We could not be prouder of the program for the 25th installment of Aspen Shortsfest. A truly eclectic program, representing so many corners of the world and reminding us, in ways touching, enlightening, harrowing, hilarious and most of all memorable, how we are all connected, this year’s lineup offers a story for everyone.”
You can check out the full lineup, along with schedules and ticket information, at the festival’s official site.