With a reputation as a premier North American showcase of short films, Aspen Shortsfest is Oscar®-qualifying in four categories of its international competition. Now celebrating 26 years, this festival offers a diverse and exciting selection of drama, comedy, animation, and documentary films all 40 minutes or less.


Shortsfest is an industry-recognized destination for discovering breakthrough talent. Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) and Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell) are among notable alumni whose short films first screened at Aspen Shortsfest before they became household names.