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Aspen Film

Aspen Film is internationally recognized for the quality of its festivals and as a launching pad for filmmakers the world over. From our screenings and panel discussions to our complimentary education offerings, we offer some of the most enriching cultural experiences in our area.

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Film Educates

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
Children (4-12 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

A mission cornerstone, FilmEducates provides a passport to cultural discovery while building new audiences. Aspen Film partners with schools and youth/arts nonprofits in three counties to provide five free enrichment opportunities. Most of these schools are Title I schools serving low-income students, with 40%+ Latino populations and a majority of students qualifying for reduced or free lunch programs. In FILMMAKERS TO THE CLASSROOM, global filmmakers share their films, culture, and creative process in school settings. MAKING MOVIES MATTER places curriculum-appropriate films in language, visual arts, history, world geography, ESL and other classes and offers curriculum guides and additional resources for teachers. SCHOOLS TO THE FESTIVAL brings school and youth groups to public screenings and panels, introducing them to sophisticated content and an important cultural epicenter, the Wheeler Opera House. In YOUNG FILMMAKER LABS, students discuss the creative process and share their films with visiting artists. One student-turned-filmmaker put it well: "Getting to see independently-made films and hearing how the film team made it seem so magical and possible." Now in its 18th year, the YOUTH JURY actively participates in screening films during Shortsfest. The Youth Jury's mission is to learn to think critically about film, to discuss the impact of film, to compare and contrast work, and to come to consensus as a group and to pick one film for the Youth Jury Award. Last year over 3,000 students and teachers (K-12) from 20 schools and youth/arts organizations participated in 78 education sessions with nearly 50 filmmakers from a dozen countries for more than 4,000 experiences (many took advantage of two or more sessions.) Additionally, 168 parents and children attended Shortsfest's discounted Family Fun shows in Aspen and Carbondale. TICKETS FOR TEACHERS is a program which allows local educators to attend the festivals for free. This year, we had a year-round director of education to further the Film Educates programs beyond the festivals. New this year is a partnership with AspenOUT to bring a series of films to the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale as part of a valley-wide outreach to the Gay Straight Alliances in local high schools. Programming focused on diversity and tolerance and brought students from different schools together to watch the films and to socialize afterward. Also under our educational umbrella is our internship program which has been expanded over the past year to include 8 students and young professionals who have learned about our organization on all levels from marketing to development to festival productions.

In summary, Aspen Film does extensive outreach and education involving regional schools and youth/arts programs through the Film Educates programs. Throughout the 2016-2017 academic school year, participants included Aspen Middle School; Aspen High School; The Art Base (Wyly Art Center, Basalt); Camp Chip-a-Tooth (Carbondale); Carbondale Community School; Colorado Mountain College, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (Carbondale); Carbondale Middle School; Roaring Fork High School (Carbondale); Ross Montessori (Carbondale); Glenwood High School; Cole Ridge High School; Versatile Productions; Denver School of the Arts; Yampa High School and Rifle High School.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year over 3,000 students and teachers (K-12) from 20 schools and youth/arts organizations participated in 78 education sessions with nearly 50 filmmakers from a dozen countries for more than 4,000 experiences (many took advantage of two or more sessions.) Additionally, 168 parents and children attended Shortsfest's discounted Family Fun shows in Aspen and Carbondale.

Aspen Filmfest

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

39th Annual Aspen Filmfest, Sept 21-25, 2016:

Now in its 39th season, Aspen Film's flagship event is a five-day invitational festival showcasing nearly two dozen narrative and documentary features, a mix of award-worthy fall previews and independent films from the international festival circuit. Whenever possible, we host filmmakers and special guests. Program strands include New Voices for first and second narrative features, True Stories for documentaries, and Global Visions spotlighting international works. Filmfest audiences are often among the first in the country to see films like Certain Women, The Salesman (winner for best the 2017 Best Foreign Film Oscar), Eagle Huntress, Room, Whiplash, Peggy Guggenheim: An Addict, Mandela: The Long Walk Home, Nebraska, and Up in the Air, along with other independent gems. Past notable guests include Bruno Barreto, Julie Christie, Peter Dinklage, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Anjelica Huston, Felicity Huffman, Felicity Jones, William H. Macy, Paula Patton, DA Pennebaker, Sydney Pollack, Bob Rafelson, Jason Reitman, Morgan Spurlock, Stanley Tucci and Anton Yelchin. Filmfest is typically presented at the Wheeler Opera House and Crystal Theatre, in Carbondale. 4,852 people including 447 students participated in 2016. We hosted 5 filmmakers and 7 Film Industry professionals who participated in Q&As and panels.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Aspen Film works with an international network of film professionals, artists, advisors, distributors, producers, and agencies to secure the highest caliber program content. Industry leaders Anne Lai, Poppy Hanks, John Horn, and Amy Nicholson were among the 60 film professionals who participated this year. Others volunteered their time and expertise in the planning phase. For example, since 2012 Aspen Film and the Writers Guild Foundation have collaborated to bring award-winning screenwriters, e.g. "30 Rock," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Descendants," "M*A*S*H," "The Simpsons," and "The Sopranos," to share their creative process. Our festivals appear on numerous international film agencies' "recommended festivals" list. In addition to the above mentioned talent, we have hosted Julie Christie, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Alexander Payne, Felicity Jones, Alexander Payne, Julie Taymor, Stanley Tucci, and others.

Aspen Academy Screenings

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)

Description

26th Annual Academy Screenings, Dec. 21-Jan 1, 2016/2017:

The only one of its kind in the continental US, this film series spotlights 25 acclaimed films actively campaigning for Academy Award consideration, including some in advance of their national release. This popular fixture on Aspen's winter calendar is open to the general public, along with voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, British Film and Television Arts, and associated guilds spending their holiday here. One of Aspen Film's key revenue sources (comparable to Filmfest), Academy Screenings also plays an important strategic role in maintaining our organization's film industry relationships. Academy Screenings were held at the Wheeler Opera House and Paepcke Auditorium in 2016. The season included subsequent Oscar winners Moonlight, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Hidden Figures, Elle, Fences, and I am Not Your Negro.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, 3,00 people attended. The majority of the films selected went on to nominated and win Academy Awards.

Aspen Shortsfest

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults
Children (4-12 years)
Families

Description

Aspen Shortsfest April 3-8, 2018

SHORTSFEST, a five-day April short film festival with screenings, special presentations, free Filmmaker Talk Backs, Industry Round Tables and Family Fun matinees in Aspen and Carbondale. This Oscar-qualifying International Competition juried by film professionals attracted 4000 submissions from nearly 100 countries in 2017.

Recognized as one of the premier short film festivals in the world, this Oscar®-qualifying festival embraces diverse sensibilities and subjects that capture the zeitgeist of today's world. Filmmakers from around the globe attend Shortsfest each spring to share their work, speak with audiences, and attend panel discussions about the art of filmmaking. Following in the tradition of Shortsfest official selections going on to Oscar® success, Bear Story (Chile) won the Oscar® for Best animated Short Film in 2016, and We Can't Live Without Cosmos (Russian Federation) and Shok (Republic of Kosovo/UK) were nominated.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2018 Aspen Shortsfest screened 69 films from 29 countries. We brought in 48 filmmakers to take part in the festival and 12 high level film industry members to conduct panels and meet with emerging filmmakers. The film submission rates have increased annually, demonstrating growing filmmaker interest and international recognition of the organization.

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