27th Annual

Aspen Shortsfest

April 03, 2018 to April 08, 2018



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
October 12, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Regular Deadline
December 7, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 50.00 45.00
Late Deadline
December 21, 2012
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 75.00 70.00
WAB Extended Deadline
January 11, 2013
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 100.00 75.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately March 9, 2013

Shorts: maximum 40 minutes

Projects completed after October 1, 2011

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required with the entry form, including:
> Production Still Photos - Digital
> Biography/Filmography - Director
> Statement by the Director
> Press Clippings

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

The Ellen Award
The Ellen Award for "most original film."
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Short Short
International Competition Jury Award for best short short.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

Best Student Short
International Competition Jury Award for best student work.
Cash Award Value: 1,000 U.S. Dollar
This prize is shared with other categories.

BAFTA / LA Prize for Excellence
BAFTA/LA AWARDS for Excellence selected by the Los Angeles chapter of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Special Jury Recognition
International Competition Jury awards recognizing outstanding cinematic accomplishment.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules

By agreeing to the terms and conditions on the entry form for Aspen Shortsfest, the person or entity (the Applicant) submitting an entry (the Film) to Aspen Shortsfest 2013 (ASF) acknowledges that he or she has read, understood and agrees to the following rules and guidelines:

1. The Applicant is legally authorized to enter the Film in ASF, and the Film is not subject to any claims or litigation and is not threatened by any claims or litigation.

2. Entries must be 40 minutes or under in length, completed since October 1, 2011 and submitted in one of the following categories: Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, or Other.

3. To qualify for the Student Film award, work must have been completed while enrolled in an accredited film or media arts course or program.

4. Non-English language films must be subtitled in English, or contain minimal dialog.

5. Entries previously submitted to either Aspen Filmfest or Aspen Shortsfest cannot be considered for Aspen Shortsfest 2013.

6. Entries previously exhibited in a public screening in Colorado cannot be considered for Aspen Shortsfest 2013.

7. ASF can only accept, consider and notify entries submitted with valid entry form and non-refundable entry fee. To be considered for ASF, the Applicant must fill out the entry form at Withoutabox.com. Applicant must submit a DVD playable on US-formatted DVD player, and ship DVD by the Entry Deadline dated appropriate to the Entry Fee paid. Payment must be made through Withoutabox, or included with DVD.

8. Late Entries: If you are unable to meet the December 21st (Late) deadline, please contact the festival office at shortsfest@aspenfilm.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (+1 970) 925-6882 x306 and tell us of your intent to send a late entry.

9. To verify Shortsfest has received your preview media shipment, check the Withoutabox entry status, or send by "registered" mail or trackable shipping courier, or include a self-addressed postcard. Please do not call or email the office.

10. Selected finalists will be notified in late February. All other entrants will receive notice by March 9, 2013.
 (To ensure timely notification - if your contact information changes between entry submission and our notification date please email changes to Aspen Shortsfest at: shortsfest@aspenfilm.org).

11. Entry materials such as preview media or press kits cannot be returned.

12. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials in the Film. The Applicant releases and discharges ASF, its employees and agents from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions related to misappropriation or infringement of copyright or violation of any other right arising out of or relating to this Film.

13. In the event that the Film is accepted by ASF, the Applicant hereby agrees to the following rights and requests and grants to ASF without reservations, conditions or qualifications:

14. ASF reserves the right to screen a film print or exhibition-quality videotape of the Film (see guidelines for accepted formats) during ASF (April 9-14, 2013).

15. ASF reserves the right to coordinate ALL publicity and press outreach concerning the Film’s presentation at ASF, including but not limited to:

16. ASF reserves the right to use excerpts, stills and/or titles, and information from or relating to the Film for promotional purposes in all media including Aspen Film's website.

17. ASF reserves the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information.

18. ASF reserves the right to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and to grant ASF the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.

19. The right to retain a preview video copy of any work selected as a finalist for festival's research and education library.

20. ASF reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees, any entry which is in violation of the guidelines and participation agreement.