Exploring the Case for Shorts Only Film Festivals at Aspen Shortsfest

Last month at the Bermuda International Film Festival, we asked producers, filmmakers and critics about the purpose of making short films. This month at Aspen Film's Shortsfest, we took the question even further and examined the benefits of hosting film festivals that only screen shorts. Aspen Film's Shortsfest and Palm Springs International Shortfest are rare breeds. They are both a product of film organizations that hold both a feature film festival and a fest wholly devoted to the art of short filmmaking. Shorts had always been an element of Aspen Filmfest since its incarnation 35 years ago. Twelve years after beginning, Aspen's Shortsfest, which is also an Academy Award qualifying festival, was spun off of the organization's main slate as a result of the ongoing increase in short film submissions. The founding organizers felt that not only would the amount of entries continually increase, but also that the interest from Aspen's year-round and seasonal citizenry was.
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