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30th Aspen Shortsfest

Aspen, Colorado, U.S.A., April 6 to 11, 2021

Call for entries

(Short films, all genres)


The Aspen ShortFest is currently accepting entries for its 2021 edition.

Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival.


  • Competitive: Yes
  • Entry fees: Yes (US$ 90.00)



Films must meet the following criteria:

  • Films cannot have premiered before March 2020;
  • Maximum running time: 40 minutes;
  • All genres accepted: fiction, animation, documentary, as well as student shorts;
  • Non-English-language shorts must be subtitled in English.


Aspen Shortsfest is an Oscar®-qualifying film festival recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in North America. Each April enthusiastic audiences, filmmakers and special guests from around the globe gather to participate in public screenings, panels, workshops, and other festivities that spotlight the art and craft of short moviemaking.

The festival presents several international competitive sections including Best Animation, Best Comedy, Best Drama, Best Documentary, and Best Student Short.

In 2019, FAUVE (2018) by Canadian filmmaker Jeremy Comte, was nominated for Best Live Action Short Films following in the tradition of Oscar® success. In 2019 list of 10 winners was Canadian short BROTHERHOOD, by Canadian filmmaker Meryam Joobeur, honoured with two awards, The Ellen Award, as well as the Jury Award for Drama. Last year, Special Mention for Drama went to I’LL END UP IN JAIL, directed by Alexandre Dostie (Canada), and a Special Mention to NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE (Canada), directed by Carol Nguyen.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890