Shortsfest competition gathers international cast of film talent
ASPEN – Filmmakers from around the world will gather in Aspen April 6-10 for the 14th edition of Aspen Shortsfest at the Wheeler Opera House and other locations in Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.Aspen Shortsfest’s jury includes: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (director and co-writers of “Sideways,” winner of the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Director and Best Film); Jon Bloom (an Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker with broad experience as a director, producer, cinematographer and editor); producer Jason Blumenthal (his latest production, “The Weather Man,” starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine, will come out in the spring); and veteran short-film distributor Megan O’Neill (vice-president of acquisitions and development for Atom Films.)Nearly 2,000 entries from 60 countries were considered for this year’s Aspen Shortsfest. Filmmakers will compete for more than $20,000 in cash and prizes. In addition, top winners may qualify for Academy Award consideration.In the last three years alone, eight Shortsfest winners have gone on to receive Oscar nominations. “Wasp,” this year’s Oscar winner for Best Live Action Short, received its North American premiere in Aspen last spring. Much more than a competition, Aspen Shortsfest is an intimate forum where filmmakers and audiences interact at screenings, panels, workshops and more. The full festival schedule is available online at http://www.aspenfilm.org. A printed festival guide will also be available throughout the valley at various ticket locations. Tickets are on sale at the Wheeler Box Office in Aspen, Sounds Easy in Carbondale and Book Train in Glenwood Springs. The full festival schedule is available online at http://www.aspenfilm.org.
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