Program Eight: Landscapes

Eight filmmakers examine our collective relationship to the four elements of wind, fire, water, and earth as they bring “landscape” (literally and figuratively) to the forefront of their stories. Be they emotional, confrontational, elemental or fantastical, these films showcase (wo)man’s connection to the natural world.

Wheeler Opera House – 2:30 pm

Run Time: 99 min.

Filmmaker Q & A to follow

Fisher Cove
Finn and his dog head out across the lake at sunrise with big fish hopes and a six-pack of beer. But all is not as it should be on Falcon Lake today, and Finn—not known as a “sensible man”—can’t leave well enough alone when he churns the still waters. KM (Sean Skene, Canada, 9 min.) World Premiere

Mountain Fever
Trapped on a mountain in a terrible snowstorm in the dead of night, one of the climbers reports his tentmate missing. Now they have to embark on a dangerous search. SS (Frédéric Hambalek, Germany, 8 min.) International Premiere

The Comet
Based on the journey of the actor himself, Abdi Aziis plays a Somali man who flees to Sweden to escape the persecution of being gay. Award-winning director, Victor Lindgren, explains that the protagonist is our comet in this haunting and lyrical film about intimacy and loss. SS (Victor Lindgren, Sweden, 11 min.) North American Premiere

The Man is Big
A whale moves to the sky and transforms into a cloud after a giant man causes the sea to overflow in this allegorical and dreamlike hand-painted animation which will leave you pondering our impact on the natural world. LG (samo (Anna Bergmann), Germany, 10 min.) North American Premiere

Child Dream
A surprising world of wind and water playfully captures floating barges and rainfall that leaves puddles deep enough to drown in, but is this dream child’s play or something more? KM (Christophe Gérard, France, 11 min.) North American Premiere

Three Red Sweaters
A documentarian explores the way that we remember and record our lives through the lens of her grandfather’s breathtaking, Alex Colville-esque 16mm home videos. Deeply personal yet universally relatable—particularly in the age of social media. LG (Martha Gregory, USA, 10 min.) World Premiere

E.B.C. 5300m
Everest Base Camp, 5,300 meters. An ephemeral micro-city set in a mystical landscape. As mercurial as the wind, this landscape shifts and flows with the elemental impacts placed upon it, at once wild and yet familiar. Gradually, a poignant design emerges. KM (Léonard Kohli, Switzerland, 15 min.) North American Premiere

Eyes of Exodus
Fleets of vessels carrying Syrian refugees, arrive on the shores of a tiny, idyllic Greek island in this vital documentary, which provides both an affecting portrait of the refugee experience, and an unflinching look at humanity’s varying capacity for empathy. LG (Alexandra Liveris, Greece/USA, 28 min.) North American Premiere

Program Nine: There is a World Inside the World You See

Look closely at the interior worlds we present to you here: surprising discoveries lie just inside where desire, perspective, and space collide.

Wheeler Opera House – 5:30 pm

Run Time: 92 min.

Filmmaker Q & A to follow

Make a Wish
Retirees, Anita and Gunnar, lead a humdrum life that revolves around routine and television reruns, until one night when Anita changes the channel and makes a wish on a TV star. A charming and open-minded look at sexual desire and curiosity in the golden years. AD (Jonatan Etzel, Sweden, 13 min.) International Premiere

Fight on a Swedish Beach
A lovely summer day might be ruined when a group of obnoxious teens yell “Seig Heil” and call someone’s wife a whore, but it makes for great social media content. SS (Simon Vahlne, Sweden, 15 min.) North American Premiere

Fig’s Representation
Fascinated by their work, Joe Fig recreates artists and their studios in hard to believe miniature sculpture form. SS (Jonathan Napolitano, USA, 12 min.) World Premiere

Fatima Marie Torres and the Invasion of Space Shuttle Pinas 25
Set during the launch of the first space shuttle of the Philippines, an ordinary old couple living in the suburbs attempts to go about their normal daily life during this very abnormal and strange day. KM (Carlo Francisco Manatad, Philippines, 18 min.) North American Premiere  

Through a unique mix of animation, home movies, stop-motion and live-action, a jeweler tells his children the myth of diamonds’ origins and the apocryphal process of breaking the stones down in their uniqueness and con-forming them to each other. SS (Chloé Mazlo, France, 12 min.) International Premiere

For the first time in years, Anna has a day to herself. No work, no child, she goes out into the hot summer day looking for a man for a brief encounter to rediscover a part of herself that might be lost. Winner of the Cannes Cinéfoundation Award for Best Short. SS (Or Sinai, Israel, 24 min.) US Premiere

Bite Size Reception

Join us for complimentary beer and bite sized treats from Mi Chola before the 8:30 PM screening of Program Ten.

Wheeler Opera House – 8:00 – 8:30 pm

Complimentary admission for all passholders and ticket holders for Program Ten.

Program Ten: Nothing is as it Seems

In this world, turned upside down and askew, you have to look beyond the expected for answers. Don’t be fooled, these are grown-up stories for a grown-up world where anything can happen.

Wheeler Opera House – 8:30 pm

Run Time: 94 min.

Filmmaker Q & A to follow

Les Misérables
In the modern-day Parisian neighborhood of Victor Hugo’s novel, a new transfer cop learns abusive policing practices of two veterans. When a young boy records them going too far, the community threatens to explode. SS (Ladj Ly, France, 16 min.) North American Premiere

After a night at the bar, a guy invites a girl home to see his angelfish. Over the course of just a few minutes, a promising connection is cut off and a fish is no longer a fish. A taut exchange that examines acceptable behavior in dating and mating rituals. AD (Dane McCusker, Australia, 6 min.) World Premiere

The Log
An actor balks at baring it all, but the director insists on full frontal nudity. A funny send-up that uses over-the-top humor, exaggeration and absurdity to flip the script on gender roles and power dynamics both in front of, and behind, the camera. AD (Teemu Nikki, Finland, 8 min.) US Premiere

(le) Rebound
Heartbroken from breaking up with the only man she ever loved, Claudia follows a rebound fling to an artist retreat in France. There they meet a strange and expressive couple and though they share a hedonistic night, Claudia’s sadness over the past remains. A funny and touching look at the rebound. SS (Laura Beckner,  France/USA, 19 min.) World Premiere

In a Nutshell
A visually stunning story of the world today told through objects and unexpected associations between them. SS (Fabio Friedli, Switzerland, 6 min.) North American Premiere

Transcending reality through fantasy, the female body expresses itself radically in its new underwater environment—but now with as much vehemence by which it was treated when it was purely, simply, merely a woman. KM (Damien Ounouri, Algeria/Kuwait, 40 min.) North American Premiere

Program A: Memories – Lost and Found

Who of us trusts that most elusive and transitory of all our faculties—memory? From the terrifying to the common, each of these fi lms examines the power and force of memories, and the ephemeral nature of that which we cling to.

Program A Films:

Harvest    |     I Was There Too    |    Cube    |    After the Smoke    |    The End of Time    |     Out of Season


Run Time: 96 min.

Tickets available online at, in person at Bonfire Coffee until 5:00pm and at the Crystal Theatre just prior to showtime. 
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Program B: Brave New World

Who of us trusts that most elusive and transitory of all our faculties—memory? From the terrifying to the common, each of these fi lms examines the power and force of memories, and the ephemeral nature of that which we cling to.

Program B Films:

Delphi   |     Valparaiso    |    Mixtape Marauders    |    Call of Cuteness    |    Fanny


Run Time: 96 min.

Tickets available online at, in person at Bonfire Coffee until 5:00pm and at the Crystal Theatre just prior to showtime. 
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Shortsfest 2017 Awards Dinner

Sunday, April 9     |     6:30 PM     |     The Kitchen

Open to the public.

Join us for dinner as we announce the winners of this year’s Shortsfest in the following categories: Best Animation ($2,500 Oscar-qualifying category), Best Comedy ($2,500 Oscar-qualifying category), Best Drama ($2,500 Oscar-qualifying category), Best Short Short ($1,000 Oscar-qualifying category), Best Documentary ($2,500), Best Student Film ($1,000). In addition, our Youth Jury determines the Youth Jury Award ($500) and Shorstfest’s audiences determine the winners of the Audience Award ($500) and the Audience Special Recognition.

The Ellen Award ($2500), named for Aspen Film’s founder and former Executive Director, Ellen Kohner Hunt, originated from an endowment raised by the community to annually award a film that embodies the spirit of Aspen Film’s programming from 1976 to 1995.

Tickets $100 through Aspen Film’s office – 970-925-6882

Hosted by Aspen Film and The Kitchen.
Around Shortsfest!
Filmmakers take time out from their busy schedules to talk with local television favorite, Aspen 82, about their films and Aspen Shortsfest.
Filmmakers gather to reflect on the day just passed and the screenings ahead as they meet with Shortsfest attendees at our Afternoon Happy Hours at the Limelight Hotel.
Filmmakers, Sean Skene and Antoneta Alamat KusijanoviÐ, visit KSPN to talk with listeners about their films.
The staff at the Hotel Jerome decide to turn the camera on visiting filmmakers outside the Filmmaker Lounge on the corner of Mill & Main.
Shortsfest Director of Programming, Kathleen McInnis, introduces Program One at Paepcke Auditorium. 
Shortsfest’s Senior Programmer, Laura Good (right), talks with filmmakers after Program Three. Eleven different Q & A sessions are being held during Shortsfest 2017 giving audiences a chance to engage directly with filmmakers about their work. 

Shortsfest Tickets Available at:

The Wheeler Opera House Box Office
320 East Hyman
Aspen, CO  81611

Monday through Friday
Noon to 5:00 pm

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