- Recognized as one of the world's "50 Leading Film Festivals" by Indiewire, Aspen Shortsfest is one of the world's premier international short film and video showcases for the trend-setting art form: the short.
- Each year, some 30,000 people participate in the Aspen Shortsfest.
Aspen Shortsfest celebrates the art of the short film in all of its forms - dramatic, comedic, animated, experimental, and documentary. The festival's slogan - "Great Directors Start Short. Discover tomorrow's filmmakers today." - conveys the organizers' embracing of shorts filmmakers and the potential of the form to help find the next generation of great filmmakers. The festival is widely renowned as one of the world's leading showcases for international and US shorts, a status underscored by their centerpiece programming: the Oscar-qualifying International Competition. With scenic Aspen as a backdrop, fans of short films have many reasons to put Aspen Shortsfest on their festival calendar.