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Aspen Shortsfest calls for competition entries

Staff report

Aspen Film announced this week that the 24th annual Aspen Shortsfest is accepting submissions of live action, documentary and animated short films for the festival's International Competition, which will take place April 7 to 12, 2015.

There are just two weeks remaining to meet the regular entry deadline, Nov. 21. The late entry deadline is Dec. 12 and the extended entry deadline is Dec. 31.

Complete entry guidelines are available at http://www.aspenfilm.org.

Regarded as a premier North American showcase for short film, Aspen Shortsfest brings together approximately 50 filmmaker guests every spring from across the globe to participate in screenings, in-depth Q&As, school education programs and special events. Nearly 3,000 short films from more than 90 countries were considered in 2014, with 70 short films representing 30 countries at the festival.

Aspen Shortsfest's centerpiece, the Oscar-qualifying International Competition, is judged by a jury of active film professionals an awards cash prizes to winners across several categories including animation, comedy, drama, documentary, student and more. A platform for emerging talent, the festival spotlights films that subsequently receive critical recognition including recent Oscar winners and nominees. Tomasz Sliwinski's "Our Curse" (Best Documentary, Shortsfest 2014) and Lucy Walker's "The Lion's Mouth Opens" (Special Jury Recognition, Shortsfest 2014) were recently short-listed for Academy Award nomination consideration.

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