Aspen Film names jury and special guests for Shortsfest |

Aspen Film names jury and special guests for Shortsfest

Aspen Film announced jury members and industry guests for the 26th Annual Aspen Shortsfest on Friday.

The short film festival will run from April 4 to 9 at the Wheeler Opera House and Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen and Crystal Theatre in Carbondale.

“Aspen Shortsfest is as much about connecting filmmakers with their industry as it is about connecting them with their audience,” Shortsfest director of programming Kathleen McInnis said in the announcement. “The industry attending Shortsfest this year are notable for their generosity as well as their breadth of experience and invaluable knowledge across the global cinema landscape.”

The jury will consider 63 films screening in competition at Aspen Shortsfest for six awards, including four that qualify the winners for Oscar consideration. Winners will be announced April 9 at the Shortsfest Awards Dinner.

The jury includes:

John Canciani, artistic director, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur

Jay Cohen, partner and head of film finance and distribution, The Gersh Agency

Amy Nicholson, chief film critic, MTV News, host of “The Canon” and “Skillset” podcasts

Ania Trzebiatowska, head of acquisitions, Visit Films

Florian Weghorn, program manager, Berlinale Talents

For the public, a ticketed panel entitled “Who Shapes Our Media” will be held at noon April 8. Panelists include John Horn (host, “The Frame,” 89.3 KPCC), John Anderson (TV critic, Wall Street Journal; contributing film journalist, the New York Times) and Amy Nicholson.

Private filmmaker events and master classes also run throughout the festival. Additional guests for those events include: Inga Diev, general manager of Ouat Media; and Sam Morrill, director of curation at Vimeo; Sydney Neter, founder, SND Films; Luke Rivett, producer and literary manager at Anonymous Content; and Heidi Zwicker, programmer at Sundance.

For the complete Aspen Shortsfest program and schedule visit www.aspen Tickets are on sale at the Wheeler Opera House and at http://www.aspenshow

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