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Aspen Shortsfest Announces 2012 Program

By Devin Lee Fuller | Indiewire March 15, 2012 at 10:36AM

Aspen Film has announced the finalists for its 2012 Aspen Shortsfests International Competition.
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Aspen Shortsfest

Aspen Film has announced the finalists for its 2012 Aspen Shortsfests International Competition.

The program will feature 79 films from 30 countries. Nearly 3,300 films were considered, a 20 percent increase over last year.

"It's once again time for our annual banquet of short cinema, bringing together international filmmakers and audiences to celebrate a unique art form, one that allows moviemakers to give free reign to their imagination, passion and curiosity," said program director George Eldred. "Each of our eleven International Competition programs serves up a richly varied sampler plate chock-full of engaging stories and the filmmakers who tell them."

The full line-up can be found here.

Full press release below:

Aspen Film Announces
Aspen Shortsfest 2012 Program
 
Premier North American Showcase for Short Film Marks 20th Anniversary With a Five-Day Program Featuring Comedy, Drama, Animation and Documentaries

 
March 14, 2012 (Aspen, CO) - Aspen Film announced today the International Competition finalists invited to screen at Aspen Shortsfest 2012, April 10-15, at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale. Aspen Shortsfest is widely recognized as a premier North American showcase for short film. Marking its 20th Anniversary, the festival has honored the work and creators of a ground-breaking and often career-making medium that is largely unavailable to general audiences.  
 
Close to 3,300 films from around the world were considered, indicating a twenty percent increase over last year. The Aspen Shortsfest International Competition, a qualifying festival for the Oscar's short film awards, will feature 79 short films representing thirty countries. From a powerful 40-minute Academy Award winner to a 45-second amuse bouche, Shortsfest will showcase a vibrant array of comedy, drama, animation and documentaries.
 
Program Director, George Eldred notes, "It's once again time for our annual banquet of short cinema, bringing together international filmmakers and audiences to celebrate a unique art form, one that allows moviemakers to give free reign to their imagination, passion and curiosity. Each of our eleven International Competition programs serves up a richly varied sampler plate chock-full of engaging stories and the filmmakers who tell them."
 
This year's crop of films touch on reoccurring themes from outdoor adventure, heroes, artists, and romance to social change, the environment, loss, and the future. Shortsfest will also screen seven new films by Colorado filmmakers, including two world premieres. The recognizable (Judi Dench, Martin Freeman, Tom Hollander, Helena Bonham Carter) and emerging alike will bring amusement, imagination and inspiration from the screen to audiences over this six-day festival.
 

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